The Corn Palace

I’m reading The Story of Corn right now. It’s the current selection for our book club. Right at the beginning of the book, the author, Betty Fussell, mentions the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. A quick online search will bring up thousands of videos – it seems to be a popular vacation spot for those who have Youtube channels. It is most famous for the many murals that grace both the inside and the outside of the building. And they are certainly amazing from what I’ve seen on the videos. Made out of ears of corn, the muralists have 12 colors of corn they use to create the surprisingly realistic and artistic images. But maybe best of all, is that they have a Corn Cam. Pretty boring at the moment but I imagine it must be something to watch when they’re putting up the new murals.

 

Tree ring thoughts

Dendrochronology is a way to mark time when you run out of fingers. Everyone knows that a tree puts on a new ring each year so when you cut one down, or more politically correct these days, take a core, you come to understand the wealth of information embedded in the rings of a tree. A recent article in Wildflower, the print and digital magazine of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Austin, Texas) is the perfect place to go to learn more.

A deep dive into the collard greens on your table

I don’t remember where I found out about Atlas Obscura but it might be my favorite morning read. Today, the email I received linked to this interesting article on collard greens and seed saving.

I have grown collards myself. It’s a giving plant, offering its leaves abundantly throughout the growing season and happily going to seed to provide me with the material for a continual supply of collards year after year. In reading the article, I learned there’s an entire book about collards, complete with recipes and stories.