While I was visiting Arthur Keyes’ great strawberry experiment in mid-August I couldn’t help but notice the corn field behind his house.

Alaska is not known for corn (or strawberries for that matter) but with some work and a little meteorological luck the Palmer area will produce a decent crop.

This has been a good summer for corn but because the ears ripen at different rates it takes a skilled eye to determine which ones are ready for market — making harvesting a time consuming task for Arthur.

When I returned later in the month to photograph the pre-market harvest, Arthur kept handing me samples that didn’t make the cut. Even raw it is fantastic stuff.

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