Have you ever seen corn on the plant? I mean, right up close like this not from the highway as you drive by a field.
It's crazy but I never really had before. Aunt B. had four rows planted back when we came for the reunion in early July but it was too young then. I was super excited to pull off (and eat!) fresh corn right off the stalk. Aunt B. did give a fabulous tutorial which I managed to catch on video, but bloggers capabilities are pretty limited in that respect so I'll have try uploading it to youtube or flickr later.
The gist of it is: look for the silk on the top to be blackened. Open up the husk enough so you can see the kernels. They should be largish and tight against each other. If they are not, the ear is not ready and you should leave it on the plant. Another trick is to press your fingernail against a kernel until it bursts. If juice spurts out- it's ready. If not, leave it on the plant. If it is ready then you can angle the ear downwards and twis, twist,twist until it pops off.
Voila! The yummiest corn you've ever had ever. For realz.