Bayou Cora Grits and Cornmeal
Made locally from a wonderful heirloom corn that has been grown by the same family since the 1870's.
PICKUP ONLY: Wednesday - Friday 9am - 3pm
BAYOU CORA FARMS HEIRLOOM CORN
The story of Bayou Cora Farms heirloom corn began not long after the Civil War. James Phillip Lipscomb came to Baldwin County in 1875 and brought with him a corn variety from Marengo County, Alabama. He settled in what is now the Vernant Park Community just outside of Magnolia Springs. There he established a farm and began to plant the corn. Over several years, he built up a seed stock and soon was able to plant several acres. Some of the corn was used for eating during its tender stage as many did with field or sweet corn, but the majority of the year’s crop was dried and used for cattle feed. This heirloom variety, commonly known as "Indian Corn", only changes into its multitude of red, yellow, orange, purple, and blue colors, after it begins to dry and harden.
The family continued to grow the corn until 1987, when the agriculture industry slowed, and many farmers had to downsize or get out completely. The last two brothers farming full time, Sheldon and Oswalt Lipscomb, decided to trim production and stopped planting their family corn.
One brother, Claude Lipscomb decided to set aside a little over one pound of corn in the freezer. There the corn stayed for 24 years until 2011 when Edward, Claude, and Sheldon pulled out that old heirloom corn which they called "Grandpa Jimmy’s" corn, and decided to revive it. Each brother planted only a handful, with Sheldon remembering he planted 98 kernels. For the next three years they brought back the old "Indian Corn" with each year’s crop slightly bigger than the last. In spring of 2015, Sheldon planted 5 acres of the family corn, not quite knowing what he would do with the harvest. However, the brothers had an idea that perhaps the corn could be used for milling into cornmeal, and Sheldon’s wife Betsy made several recipes including cornmeal. They soon discovered that the meal had a very natural and flavorful taste.
After the trip to the local farmers market in July of 2015 and a sell out on the first day, Josh and Jarred quickly realized that the cornmeal fit right in with the interest for local heirloom products. Now Bayou Cora Farms also offers flour and grits along with the cornmeal. From 1875, and six generations later, this non-gmo heirloom corn variety is being brought back to abundance and shared in a way for all to appreciate and enjoy.
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