August Challenge


Somewhat of a rare, and if not rare, a seldom seen sight here

This part of Illinois is almost exclusively commercial grain and even dairy and hog production is in confinement operations

Pretty certain those cows will end up in someone’s local freezer

A field of soybeans

While most will wind up as livestock feed (97%), soybeans have innumerable other uses, including products for human consumption

Again, most corn will be used for livestock feed, ethanol production, or exported; it is also used as food and for industrial purposes

(The above photos did not require extensive and diligent searching in northern Vermilion county, because, as you know, corn and soybean fields here are about as difficult to find as vineyards in Sonoma County, California)

Lingley Brothers Sweet Corn Stand

This photo doesn’t count because I arrived at the site via a product of the Ford Motor Company

Once a mainstay crop here, today sweet corn is grown only for local consumption

The guy with the silver pickup was literally filling the bed with bags and bags of sweet corn

While in line I was chatting with a local pastor and asked how he was doing

“Just workin’ to beat hell”  was his reply


Casey’s Pizza!

And fire wood for sale if you desire

Cargo of ‘Tater Chips

Betcha can’t eat one



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3 response to "August Challenge"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: August 15, 2021

    Ah, Casey’s – definitely the best convenience/gas store chain I found on my bike tours in the US. Always sad to get to the 100th Meridian and lose them to Sinclair stations that weren’t nearly as good. I certainly ate a lot of sweet corn as a kid in the month of August – I think we had it with every meal. I certainly remember being tasked with shucking it a lot!

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: August 17, 2021

    I would love to have some good sweet corn! I think the corn in the fields here is for animal feed and the corn you get in the supermarket isn’t that fresh. When I was a kid we would drive to a nearby farmers stand where the corn was freshly picked. I think my parents said if it’s a day old the sugar turns to starch. Happy memories of eating corn on the cob.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 17, 2021

      There have been improvements to sweet corn that slow the sugar to starch transition, but, yeah, the best way to enjoy it is as soon as possible after picking.
      Supermarket sweetcorn here is hit and miss, mostly miss.
      The Lingley Bros, corn is picked daily, and it keeps pretty well for a few days.

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