Popcorn is a wonderful thing.
My earliest popcorn memories revolve around my Gram. It was a treat to have popcorn at her apartment because she had a secret ingredient. She guarded the secret ingredient, until one day I went in the kitchen when she was finishing the popcorn and I found out what it was…
Up until a few years ago, I always made popcorn and added Lawyr’s Seasoning Salt. Then again, up until a few years ago I made and ate popcorn every day. I have slowed down a bit on the popcorn making since then, but popcorn is still a part of my life and always will be.
In the early 70’s my dad brought home a microwave. Dad also started bringing home microwave popcorn around that time too. I can’t remember the story on the microwave popcorn. The memory I have is that we were testing it, but I was under 10 years old and I could have totally made that up.
Gram always popped Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn. I imagine there weren’t too many options back then. I can remember Orville’s and Jolly Time.
My popcorn pallet has changed a lot since then. Over 20 years ago, my second-cousin turned me onto a company called Yoder’s Popcorn in Indiana and I used to mail order my popcorn. They had a popcorn called Tiny Tenders that was wonderful. Very little hull and nice crunch. Then my Uncle told me about an Amish store called Weaver’s where he bought his camping food supplies and my brother and I went there to check it out one time when I was in Wisconsin visiting and I found popcorn there. Weaver’s is called Baby Rice Popcorn (tender and hulless they say). I ended up ordering my popcorn from them and only recently have run out. There is another place that I can get some nice organic popcorn called Fireworks Popcorn also in Wisconsin. They have one called Baby White Rice.
I was up in Wisconsin this past summer and never made it to Weaver’s to stock up so I called my second cousin and she bought enough to fill a large UPSP flat-rate box and shipped it to me. A few years ago, this would have been considered an emergency. I am dealing with it much better now.
I realize that all of my popcorn has come from Wisconsin or the Midwest. I need to start looking for some local popcorn in Texas or start growing my own. I can’t seem to find a source for Texas popcorn, so I ordered seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and have planted some of my own this spring. I am growing Tomb Thumb and Strawberry popcorn from Seed Savers.
I know the amount of popcorn I am growing will not be enough to keep me in popcorn for a year, but I had to try to grow at least some. That is my “fun” plant this year. I am not sure I have had a “fun” plant before, now I do.
I can always call my brother and ask him if he is up for a little adventure with my nieces to go out to Weaver’s to buy Aunt Emily some popcorn. They already think I am the “nutty” Aunt, I might as well keep that thought fresh in their mind.
Any other popcorn lovers out there?