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WA Grown Food Kit For Corn

Corn is the number one field crop grown in the United States, and there are sweet corn and field corn. Sweet corn contains more moisture than field corn and is eaten fresh or processed in products such as canned corn. Sweet corn is one of the few crops grown in all 50 states. Field corn is used to produce drier foods, such as cornmeal, but also for cattle feed and ethanol, and the majority is grown in the Midwest's Corn Belt.

Washington State ranks first in the nation in the production of sweet corn (tons per acre; 2012 USDA data). Central and southeastern Washington is home to the state's sweet corn production, with Benton and Franklin counties in the top three.

Corn is important for its role in farm management, maintaining soil health and making sure growers can produce a variety of crops through the years. Like "Three Sisters," a Native American technique that combines corn, squash, and beans.

There are more than two hundred varieties of corn. All are good sources of vitamin C. Though fresh corn tastes superb, a good thing about corn is that frozen and canned corn has about the same nutritional value as fresh corn. So, even if not in season, you can still enjoy frozen or canned for nearly the same nutritional value as fresh corn! [ref: Fruit and Veggies More Matters]


Washington Harvest Corn Poster [FREE download]

WA Harvest Corn PosterClick to view the full-size PDF. The poster is designed to be printed at either 11" x 17" or 2' x 3'.

Highlight Washington-grown corn served in your program with this beautiful poster! The poster provides nutrition facts under "THRIVE", agriculture information under "GROW", and tips for preparation, cooking, and fun facts, etc. under "TASTE". 

Special thanks to Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Department of Agriculture for sharing their poster files, from which many of the food facts were adapted, and to Auburn School District Child Nutrition for helping us update and add new facts for Washington State.

School Recipes

  • Black Bean & Corn Salsa
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Marinated Black Bean Salad
  • Pork Street Taco with Green Chickpea Guacamole, Beans & Veggie Salsa, and Cilantro Chipotle Lime Cream Sauce

Child Care Recipes

For Child Care Recipes click here.

Nutrition Facts

Yellow varieties of sweet corn supply the antioxidant lutein, a carotene, which may contribute to good eye health. 

Source: Environmental Nutrition, August 2002