Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sweet corn ice cream

Brentwood, our neighbor city, grows the best sweet corn I’ve ever tasted. It is shipped all over the U.S. The city holds a Corn Fest every year in July.

This year my church, St. Alban’s Episcopal, came up with a unique and tasty treat to sell in a booth at the Corn Fest – sweet corn ice cream. People enjoyed it on this hot July weekend. The corn ice cream was creamy chiffon with actual fresh, sweet corn kernels stirred into the mix. It was made by a local ice cream store.

Father Aris was enthusiastic about the enterprise. With a predicted attendance of 30,000, we hoped to let the community know about our little church and whet their appetite for all we had to offer, one scoop at a time.

Jennifer and Bev were ready to welcome customers at the booth Saturday morning.

A lot of planning goes on before a big event. First, the corn has to be grown and harvested. Luckily, we have a church member who is a local corn farmer. Click on the field photo below to learn more about Brentwood’s sweet corn crop.

Cathy Massoni was a wonderful coordinator. She mapped out the plans and went over the logistics with the volunteers.

The guys were ready for the heavy lifting and transporting. A large (but non-working) freezer was donated to the church recently. Marcelino Clarke poked around found a $5 part which fixed it immediately. Then, because the wonderful, large freezer was working it seemed a good idea to take it to the Corn Fest booth and not have to bother with dry ice for storage.

The signs were made.

The little church will be ready for new visitors next week.

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Blogger Terry said...

I am not particularly fond of corn (I know--it's un-American) but oddly, the corn ice cream sounds good! Neat project.

12:34 PM  
Blogger sophie said...

I am reminded of when I tried artichoke ice cream at the Artichoke festival in Watsonville ... I'm sure sweet corn ice cream is tastier.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Gerrie said...

It does sound good. I had forgotten that Brentwood was famous for sweet corn. I hope you get lots of new visitors.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Piecefulafternoon said...

Now that's interesting. Sounds better than Gilroy's Garlic Ice cream, that's for sure.

Looks like everyone was enjoying the festival.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

What a great idea! It sounds delicious!

9:31 AM  

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