All sweet corn is not created,grown or most importantly, tastes the same. As a "self-proclaimed" sweet corn expert, it is my privilege to present you to you your picks for the best sweet corn in the stateline.

Thank you to everyone who commented on social media (Twitter and Facebook), our website, and called in to Q98.5 with your choices.

Also, remember, DJ's love samples!

Before I reveal the results, Here are some important tips on buying sweet corn.

The most important thing to remember when buying fresh corn on the cob is to keep in mind that sweet corn starts converting sweet tasting sugars to starches immediately after it is picked. So ideally you want to buy it, cook it and consume it the same day it is picked or as close to that as possible.

The reluctant gourmet reports that:

Sweet corn has an 80:20 sugar-starch ratio when harvested but within 3 days that ratio will shift to 20:80. That’s the difference between really sweet-tender corn and mealy tough corn. When buying, pick up each ear and look for ears that feel full and plumb in your hand. Take a look at the silk sticking out at the top, it should be golden pale, slightly sticky, and the more the merrier.


Even though it’s sometimes messy and gets all over you when shucking, the more silk, the more kernels of corn. You also want the husks to have a good green color – not brown. Even though most stores don’t appreciate your doing this, try popping one of the kernels with your thumbnail. If the juice from the kernel is milky, the fresher the corn. And don’t buy corn that has been sitting out in the sun all day. The sun and heat will speed up that conversion of sugar to starch.

Here’s another tip. Take a look at the bottom of the ear of corn where it has been broken off at the stalk. If it has already turned brown, it most likely is at least 2 days old. Move on to something else.




1. Harvard: Twin Gardens Farms. Mirai sweet corn was the biggest hit with Q98.5 corn connoisseurs

2. Marengo: Bartman's Family Farm  State Route 176 just east of Marengo (tie)

2. Baileyville: Drake's Rt 26 south of Freeport (tie)

4. Kings: Farm Name unknown, the location is across from the church after you cross the railroad tracks straight through town

5. Durand: Dolan's on Rt 75 east of Durand

6. Maple Park: Wiltse’s in Maple Park Rt 38 (East of DeKalb)

7. Marengo: Cody's Farm

8. Kirkland: Klocks  on 1st street just South of Rt. 72

9. Belvidere: Mundy’s farm on Genoa Rd.

10. Roscoe: Skelly’s Farm Stand on Elevator Rd (tie)

10. Durand: Hunt's on Leech Road (tie)


Other top votegetters:

  • Theis Farm on county line road in Maple Park, Il

  • Rainwaters on Rt 251& Twombley rd
  • Durand, Logan's Farm
  • Rainwaters corn on Hwy 251 North of Rochelle
  • Uncle Carl's on 76 and Spring Creek
  • Canfield's in Oregon, IL
  • Susie's Garden Patch in Garden Prairie
  • Theis Farm Market, Maple Park
  • Landscaping Connection, corner of Linden and Mulford, Rockford
  • Blackmer's corn downtown Cherry Valley
  • The Barn, at 3742 Genoa Rd, at the intersection of Huber Rd

Thank you to everyone who voted.


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