We also burn corn for heat in our multi-fuel pellet stove. We burn wood pellets and sunflowers too but that's a story for another time.
We even use corn in our decorating, believe it or not. From corn shocks on the front porch to table decorations at a down home rustic wedding reception. Our new daughter-in-law found this idea for their wedding reception last October on Pinterest. Side note: Don't ya just love Pinterest? It's a mason jar filled with corn and a votive candle in the middle.
As we were on our way to their new home for the wedding reception when we received a call from our son, asking if we were going by a feed store along the way and could we pick up a bag of corn for them as he had forgotten to get some from the neighbor? We were already too far to stop any place plus there is just something not right about paying $5 for a small bag of corn when the farmer gets paid $5+ per bushel. Know what I mean?
Well, lo and behold, God provides! We're bookin' on down the highway and see piles of corn along the road! DH looked at me and asked if we should we go back? Uh, yeah! DH was such a good sport about it. He pulled over, threw the car in reverse and backed up on the shoulder for approximately 1/4 mile. LOL
We had a few bags in the trunk with reception supplies, so we emptied things out and scooped up as much as we could carry.
We were very thankful that this highway is mostly used for grain semis heading to the river so it wasn't very busy on a Saturday and for the trucker who was likely overweight and pulled over to dump a bit of his load off before he ran across scales the state troopers probably had set up. All of this equals provision for us!
Again, for those of you not from this area, our grain semis are limited to weight of 80,000 lbs. A few of our farmers/truckers might overload their trucks on occasion. ;) Every extra bushel on a truck makes for less trips to the river. Not that it makes it right but it is a reality. Many times, especially in the fall, our law enforcement will pick a spot and set up what is called "temporary scales." If the scales are out, all trucks must stop and weigh. The fines for being overweight can be pretty hefty. We're pretty sure this was a trucker dumping off some extra grain before he got to the temp scales which he was likely alerted to by other drivers over the radio or phone. We'll never know but were thankful they were there for us!