Now Selling Jimmy Red Corn for Planting, Milling, & Distilling

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Jimmy Red is an open pollinated, heirloom, vibrant-red, dent corn.   Jimmy Red seed nearly went extinct in the early 2000s when the last SC bootlegger growing it passed away, but it’s made a comeback and is now hot on the culinary and spirits scene.   We’ve heard it makes a mean cornbread but also has an unusually high Brix content for field corn and therefore can also be harvested in the milk stage for roasting.    It has a uniquely large germ giving it a more pronounced flavor than other field corns.

Open pollinated seeds tend to have a wider variety of genetics than hybrids and can perform inconsistently when planted.   This seed corn is particularly unique because it was grown and harvested just north of us at Bender Farms in Warren County.   (Jeff Bender of Bender Farms is also the farmer responsible for our private line of Non GMO feeds.)  Jeff and his crew hand selected ears from strong performing stalks during this year’s harvest, and therefore, the generation of seed you are getting is better adapted for our local climate.  

We’re selling both seed quality Jimmy Red kernels for planting in fields and gardens as well as corn intended for milling, distilling, and brewing.  We encourage you to try some now, and if you like it, get some seed to grow in your garden this spring.   

Check out this NPR Story:  From Hooch to Haute Cuisine:  A Nearly Extinct Bootlegger’s Corn Gets a Second Shot

Jeff Bender in one of his corn fields.

How to Use:

  • Make killer cornbreads, hush puppies, and grits (Mill in a coffee grinder, Vitamix, or tabletop corn grinder)
  • Use for craft distilling and brewing
  • Harvest in the milk stage for roasting
  • Plant in a Three Sisters patch (corn, beans, and squash)
  • Grow for a splash of fun, fall decorating; it’s stunning!

How To Plant In a Garden Space:

  • 12” spacing on rows, 30-36” between rows
  • Plant in a square plot rather than a couple of rows to encourage pollination
  • 80-100 units of Nitrogen per acre (~2 units of Nitrogen per 1000sq.ft)  Resist over-fertilizing as it will cause corn to grow too tall and fall over.
  • 95-115 Day Maturity

Pricing of Jimmy Red (for Seeding)  

Corn intended for replanting has been hand picked and selected from the middle of the ear for consistent kernel size and ease of use with a seed planter.   Samples have been sent to the NCDA, and seed comes with a tag noting purity, test date, and germ rate.  

  • By the Ounce - $3.00 (80-100 kernels per oz – check out the bulk glass jar at our counter)
  • 1 pound - $20
  • 5 pounds - $40
  • 10 pounds - $60
  • custom quote on larger quantities - email melinda@chathamfarmsupply.com

Pricing of Jimmy Red (for Milling, Distilling, and Brewing)

Corn intended for milling, distilling, and brewing comes from the ends of the ears and can have variability in kernel size.  Your bag will contain a mix of whole and cracked kernels.  This corn is intended for processing and consuming rather than planting.

  • 2.5 pounds - $12
  • 5 pounds - $18
  • 10 pounds - $25
  • 25 pounds - $35
  • 50 pounds - $50

How to Purchase for Pick-Up In Store or delivery on our local farm routes

 Email melinda@chathamfarmsupply.com with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Quantity of Jimmy Red desired
  • Type of Jimmy Red desired (for seeding or for milling/distilling)

We’ll process your order, send an email confirmation, and let you know when it’s ready.  We are receiving and packing Jimmy Red corn every two weeks.

How to Purchase and Have Shipped in the Continental US

We do NOT have an online shopping cart at this time, but ordering is still easy!  Send an email to melinda@chathamfarmsupply.com with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Quantity of Jimmy Red desired
  • Type of Jimmy Red desired (for seed or for milling/distilling)
  • Shipping address
  • Phone number

We will process your order, email you an invoice, and call to arrange payment over the phone.   

Shipping will follow standard USPS flat rate prices regardless of zip code

  • 1 pound or less - USPS small flat rate box - $8.30
  • 1.5 pounds - 10 pounds - USPS medium flat rate box - $15.05
  • 25 pounds - USPS large flat rate box - $21.10