Field corn varieties

Asked December 31, 2019, 11:08 AM EST

I am new to the eastern shore and this upcoming season will be my first growing a garden here. I have mostly gardened in central North Carolina, so the hardiness zone is the same as here, but so far is seems a bit colder here in general.

My question is about growing dent of flint corn here. I am interested in growing one or two varieties to harvest a small amount of grain for cornmeal, grits, and/or polenta. Does anybody have any insight into which open pollinated, heirloom corn varieties were traditionally grown here and do well here? There are plenty of varieties available from places like Southern Exposure Seed, but I figured I would ask here as well. Also, is anybody on the eastern shore growing and selling any heirloom variety field corns? Thanks!

Wicomico County Maryland

1 Response

Hi-
Here are some blog posts on open-pollinated corn varieties that were written about in our blog:
https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/tag/open-pollinated-corn-series/

One of our Master Gardeners had good luck growing Floriana Red Flint Corn for making polenta (from Southern Exposure seed Exchange). We don't know of any companies in MD selling open-pollinated corn varieties.

You may want to also check out the Seed Savers Exchange: https://www.seedsavers.org/
Jon