Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission presents Corn – Simply A-Maizeing

– Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission will present Corn – Simply A-Maizeing, a talk by food historian Judith Krall-Russo, on August 13 at 7:30 pm at the Historic Courthouse, 71 Main Street, Flemington, NJ.  The program, which is free and open to the public, is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Golden ears of sweet corn are a sure sign that it is summer in New Jersey, but there is more to corn than that. There are six main kinds of corn and a fascinating history, plus folklore from ancient times to today’s modern farmers in New Jersey. Corn, once also called maize, is an ancient New World grass, grain, vegetable. Highly valued by our Native North Americans, Incas, and Aztecs as a most important food source, they also gave corn in tribute to their gods and used it as money.

Judith Krall–Russo, a popular lecturer, is recognized for her knowledge of the rich history behind homegrown foods like corn, blueberries, cranberries and tomatoes in her home state of New Jersey. She also lectures on exotic teas. As a historian and educator, she shares her knowledge through wonderful stories laced with humor and surprising details, giving her audience a greater appreciation of New Jersey’s cuisine.

For more information about this event, contact Carrie Fellows at 908.237.2010 or cultural@co.hunterdon.nj.us . For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit http://njch.org/programs/hsb/. For more information about all of Judith Krall-Russo’s programs visit www.teafoodhistory.com

Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission develops programs to promote interest and participation in and understanding of local arts, culture, and historic events.  Financial support for the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission’s general operations and programs is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.