FAQs

 

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How is “Mirai” pronounced?

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"Mee-rye."

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 Is Twin Gardens Inc. a family owned business?

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Yes it is. George and Ruth Ahrens founded Twin Gardens in Harvard, IL in 1954. The farm is currently managed by 3rd and 4th generation family members and the focus remain, as it was on day 1, on QUALITY!

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What days are you open, and what are your hours of business?  

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During corn season, which begins approximately July 20, check the Countdown To Corn timer on the Home page. During corn season, here in Harvard we are open seven days a week, including Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Where can I buy Mirai sweet corn?

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Our farm stand is located at:
Twin Garden Farms Roadside Market  23017 W IL Rt 173  Harvard, IL 60033  (815) 943-7448
(Located 1.5 miles west of the intersection of IL Rt 14 and IL Rt 173W in Harvard.) See Google Maps

Our Roadside Stand in Harvard is now equipped to take credit cards; we are happy to accept cash and your personal checks also. 

Mirai can also be purchased at:
Farmer’s Markets

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How do I prepare Mirai® sweet corn?

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Boiling
Remove husks and silk. Place the ears in enough boiling water to completely cover them, and boil for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes — avoid overcooking.

Microwave
Remove husks and silk and rinse with water. Lightly wrap or cover ears with damp paper towels or napkins, and cook at full power for 2 minutes per ear. To ensure that the corn is evenly cooked, turn it once halfway through the cooking cycle.

Grilling (it’s delicious!)
For grilling, keep the husks on the ears of corn, but remove exposed silk and any long “flag leaves” that may be attached to the ears. Soak the ears in cold water for one hour — this allows the corn to steam on the grill for excellent flavor. After soaking, place the ears on a hot grill (don’t stack them). While cooking, rotate the ears 1/4 turn often, until husks are blackened and kernels have turned darker yellow.

Freezing
Remove husk and silk. Blanch corn by placing ears in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot, cut kernels from cob. Package the corn immediately in freezer bags, and place in freezer.

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How long will Mirai® sweet corn keep?

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Mirai® will last 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator with the husks left on.

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Is it really okay to eat Mirai® raw?

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Absolutely — it’s delicious!

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Which Farmer’s Markets sell Mirai® sweet corn?

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Click here to see our complete listing of Farmer's Markets we attend.

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Where was Mirai sweet corn developed?

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Our current hybrid, TGI Mirai®, was developed at Twin Gardens with sweet corn breeder Dr. J. David Mackenzie, and is in our opinion, the finest quality hybrid of sweet corn available in the world.

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Is Mirai® picked fresh daily?

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Yes it is!

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We’re having a party; can we reserve a certain amount of Mirai® sweet corn for a special occasion?

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Yes, by communicating with our farmer’s marketer, or with our farm office. See our Contact page for our contact information.

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Is Mirai® sweet corn genetically modified (GMO)?

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Absolutely not! TGI Mirai® Sweet corn is a hybrid. A hybrid which is also called a cross breed,  is the result of the mixing of genes through natural selection.

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Do you pick corn during rainy weather?

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Yes we do.

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Do you have Bi-color sweet corn?

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We can’t guarantee that both yellow and bicolor sweet corn will be available every day. One day we may have yellow, another day we may have bicolor, and some days we have both. Most customers love both, but you may gladly call ahead to check.

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How is the sweet corn packaged?

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Our corn is sold six ears in a green mesh bag with Twin Gardens Inc. label.

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Do you have an airport nearby?

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Yes we do. Dacy Airport is approximately 1.5 miles from Twin Garden Farms.

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Can we have a fundraiser using Mirai® sweet corn?

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Sure, call us, we’re happy to help. (815)-943-7448

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Can I come visit the Harvard Roadside stand by train?

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Yes. Check out the Metra Northwest line to Harvard. We can meet you at the train. Visit downtown Harvard while you wait for the next train home. Check out the Harvard Chamber of Commerce website for things to do.

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How many days from planting Mirai® to maturity?

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On average 71 days depending on weather and soil conditions. When silk appears on the ear, it will be approximately 21-24 days until maturity which is key to the maximum sweetness.

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Can I plant TGI Mirai® Sweet corn near other sweet corn varieties?

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Isolate TGI Mirai® from other corn varieties to prevent cross-pollination which can change the sweetness and quality of the harvested ears.

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How do I grow TGI Mirai® Sweet Corn seed?

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Corn seed, available at our Online Store, can be planted following instructions on our Grow Your Own Mirai Sweet Corn page.

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How early can I plant Mirai® Sweet Corn?

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Plant TGI Mirai® Sweet Corn seed in a well prepared seedbed when the soil temperature is above 55 degrees and there is no danger of frost.

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How far apart do I space rows when I plant Mirai® Sweet Corn?

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Rows should be 30 inches apart.

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How large is a mature ear of Mirai Sweet Corn?

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On average the ear is between 7 and 8 inches long and has 16 rows of kernels.

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Can I dry ears of Mirai sweet corn and plant the seeds?

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No, this is a hybrid. But we sell packaged Mirai® seeds at our Online Store.

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I went to the Farmer’s Market and you weren’t there…

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There is always a possibility that our location at the market has been moved, we sold out early or unforeseeable events. Make sure to check our website to check what markets we will be attending and updates on our Facebook page.

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How much does fresh Mirai® sweet corn cost?

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At the Roadside Stand in Harvard, it is $3.50 per half-dozen bag, or $7 per dozen. If you would like a box of 4 dozen (48 ears), the price is $26.

At the farmer’s markets, the prices are $4 per half-dozen bag, or $8 per dozen.

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How long is your season?

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Our Corn season is approximately the third week of July to the third week in September.

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Do you guarantee your product?

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Yes! Twin Gardens Inc. takes pride in bringing you the best quality sweet corn available.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!

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Can I buy less than a dozen?

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Yes, you can buy in quantities of 1/2 dozen (6 ears per package).

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What else do you sell at your Roadside Stand in Harvard?

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We sell a large variety of fresh vegetables grown, in our garden here in Harvard. We also sell, when in season, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, and much more.

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Will corn be ready for Memorial Day or the 4th of July?

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No, our projected harvest is around July 20.

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Is Mirai a Japanese corn?  

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TGI Mirai® is an American product, developed in Harvard, IL in the 1990s.