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Glass Gem

UPDATE: 10/21/15 We do not have seeds this year. You can find Glass Gem corn seeds at Native Seeds. Cheers!

Now available in our Barren River Emporium shop:

Glass Gem Corn Seeds, 60 Seed Pack. Shipping Included for USA orders. Organic, Non-GMO, Heirloom.

This beautiful, multi-colored heirloom flint corn is used for making flour or as a popping corn. Unlike sweet corn, it is not typically eaten right off the cob. However, it was likely bred as an ornamental variety.

After wait-listing our seeds for a year, we grew the seeds available here last Summer 2013. Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers; Organic. Each ear was like opening a surprise gift – each more colorful and unique than the last.

We wanted to spread the Non-GMO corn love to you. They make beautiful seasonal decorations and delicious & super-white popcorn.

Glass Gem Popcorn by OliveLoaf Design

Grown in South Central Kentucky, USA.

Glass Gem Growing by OliveLoaf Design

Via NativeSeeds.org"Its origin traces back to Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer living in Oklahoma. Barnes had an uncanny knack for corn breeding. More specifically, he excelled at selecting and saving seed from those cobs that exhibited vivid, translucent colors. Exactly how long Barnes worked on Glass Gem—how many successive seasons he carefully chose, saved, and replanted these special seeds—is unknown. But after many years, his painstaking efforts created a wondrous corn cultivar that has now captivated thousands of people around the world." 

"Approaching old age, Barnes bestowed his precious seed collection to Greg Schoen, his corn-breeding protégé. The weighty responsibility of protecting these seeds was not lost on Schoen. While in the process of moving in 2010, he sought out a place to store a sampling of the collection to ensure its safekeeping. Schoen passed on several unique corn varieties to fellow seedsman Bill McDorman, who was owner at the time of Seeds Trust, a small family seed company then located in central Arizona. (Today, Bill McDorman is Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH.Curious about the oddly named Glass Gems, he planted a handful of seeds in his garden. The spectacular plants that emerged took him by surprise. 'I was blown away,' McDorman recalls. 'No one had ever seen corn like this before.' "

Rainbow Corn by OliveLoaf Design

Click here to order!


Harvest Garland

I don’t think I ever showed you the Glass Gem Corn that I grew at le Homestead…Isn’t it beautiful? I didn’t grow enough to have popcorn for Christmas gifts {which was the plan} but I grew enough to have a nice crop next season.  I’m in the process of testing some kernels now. {let me know if you might be interested in buying a packet of seeds – they are hard to come by}

the kernels are pretty enough to craft with!

So, with some of these dried cobs and other Forest Findings© {pine cones, gum seed pods, black walnuts, drift wood from the lake} I thought I’d make  some festive harvest garlands to decorate for the season. I gathered my materials and had Mr. D show me how to properly use the drill. {it’s high-time I learned how to craft with power tools!}

I drilled holes into each item and strung them on jute twine…easy! I made some for inside and outside….

{it looks great hanging over the doorway above my handmade fall wreath}

March 2014 Update: Glass Gem Corn Seeds now available @ Barren River Emporium