Two years ago, my daughter and I started a small 4×4 garden that was a beautiful labor of love. It had tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and some herbs. It was a modest little garden and it did well. When my second daughter (Emily) was born last May, we had our hands full of another type of love, so we put our garden on hold.
Since my first (Eliana) was born in April, we thought it would be nice that for her birthday, we would request everyone’s help to build her “secret garden” and instead of regular gifts, bring seeds of fruit, and vegetables. It worked wonderfully because we expanded the 4×4 garden almost 4 or 5 times the size and we had a little project to work on together. Now, we have an amazing amount of fruits and vegetables that have grown from seed!
While there is no corn in sight yet, the crop it is now TALLER than Eliana! It got me thinking about fresh Jersey corn and how delicious it can be in a simple preparation. This corn chowder is incredibly flavorful, and yet so light even with a tiny bit of cream. It can work beautifully with some crusty bread, or a side salad (add some beans for protein) and you have yourself a fresh, summer meal. (it also works just as fine with frozen or canned corn, just rinse it well)