All About The Corn Crib

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies like to give tours of the farm and it dawned on us the other day that we've never really talked too much about the little building called the corn crib.  Therefore, today's Daily Wag is devoted to it!

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Francesca, that little building over yonder is the corn crib.

1 Francesca, that little building over yonder is the corn crib.

That's right, Sharkey.  Maybe we should give the Glue Squad a little tour of the place.

2 That's right, Sharkey. Maybe we should give the Glue Squad a little tour of the place.

Come on, Franny!  I'll race you there.  Exercise is good for us.

3 Come on, Franny! I'll race you there. Exercise is good for us.

Whew!  Let's sit for a minute and catch our breath.

4 Whew! Let's sit for a minute and catch our breath.

A corn crib is a type of granary, or storehouse, used to dry and store corn.

5 A corn crib is a type of granary, or storehouse, used to dry and store corn.

After the harvest, corn, still on the cob, was placed in the crib either with or without the husk for use in animal feed.  This used to be a cow farm before Martha bought the place.

6 After the harvest, corn, still on the cob, was placed in the crib either with or without the husk for use in animal feed. This used to be a cow farm before Martha bought the place.

A typical corn crib, like this one, has slats in its walls for air to circulate through the corn, which allowed it to dry and helped it to stay dry.

7 A typical corn crib, like this one, has slats in its walls for air to circulate through the corn, which allowed it to dry and helped it to stay dry.

The crib was elevated to keep rodents out, but this one is also lined with screening, which definitely keeps out those varmints.

8 The crib was elevated to keep rodents out, but this one is also lined with screening, which definitely keeps out those varmints.

The unique

9 The unique "keystone" shape, flaring from bottom to top, was designed to shed water. I guess a lot is learned from trial and error.

This corn crib even has decorative touches under the eaves, which makes sense since it's Martha's corn crib!

10 This corn crib even has decorative touches under the eaves, which makes sense since it's Martha's corn crib!

So there you have it, Glue Squad.  What you may not have known about corn cribs is no longer a mystery!

11 So there you have it, Glue Squad. What you may not have known about corn cribs is no longer a mystery!

Comments (11)

  • Guess what? I was watching Animal Planet very late last night so I decided that I would comment on the DW. I started out talking about the corn crib. I was impressed with what the girls know about the corn crib. I wonder how old Martha's corn crib is. So, I was writing my comment and the next thing you know it is morning and I don't remember if I finished my comment or not. Dah. Sooooooo, you may see two comments from me this morning or just this one. Either way, I am here. Hehehehehe.
    Well, here we go again. Snow up over my ears expected today. With that being said, I am going to lay out on the deck and enjoy the 16 degree temperature till I get cold or it starts snowing.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Thank you for educating us on the corn crib. Do you think that screen would really keep the rodents out? The mice we have in NJ would figure a way in - dad has been trapping them in the garage for 2 weeks now. We have field mice taking up residence and they are pooping all over it's gross! Mom had to laugh about the fancy eaves - no eave goes unnoticed with Martha around :)

    Big snow storm heading this way and mom is not a happy camper. I'm not a happy camper come to think about it :(

    Zoe

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Now before I discuss corn cribs, I have to talk about our football for goodness sakes over the weekend. And all I have to say is OMAHA, OMAHA. I am planning my super Bowl Fiesta---a Mexican theme, yahoo!!!! Mom is backing me on my bets with my Glue Squad Buddies living in Seahawk territory---Warrior Prince Biscuits. Missy and Jimmy, I know you are hurting for the loss, we have felt that way for 15 years since Elway's rein, so Mom says she knows the feeling. But now....we won Glue Squad....o.k. Mom, no smack talk. I am a lady, hehehehehehehehehehehehe

    Now for this corn crib. I have to be the most educated girl in town---first nest boxes, now corn cribs. Mom had not even heard of them. And the decor is pure Martha. I love it.

    Enjoy your snow, I guess we might get another dumb dusting on Thursday---an inch or two. That is why I have been camo Ruby again, it is so dry. We need snow for sure. Well all, have a GEM of a day and congratulations to the Seahawk buddies too.

    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Francesca, after studying photo #11, I'm wondering if you've ever thought about, um, modeling men's underwear? F&S, thank you for the tour of the corn crib!

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You 2 sweet girls sure did a nice job explaining to us what that great corn crib is all about and I loved your photos and all of this information! Sure missed seeing you yesterday and Mom told me it was a holiday day for Martin Luther King, Jr. for his birthday! It was nice that Martha presented her blog yesterday and miss seeing her today! Please give her a big hug for me and hope to see your blog and her's tomorrow! Mom said you are getting more snow today and it's very cold there at Martha's Bedford farm and hope you all stay warm and safe! We are having lots of fog and it's a bit cold here, also! Maddox and Zoe, sure hope you stay warm with that snow today and hope all the rest of you do, too! Our Seahawks will be playing against the Broncos on February 2nd and Mom and I will watch it on TV! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Now I had a long weekend and no mail yesterday. I just love it when the mail comes. I get a cookie if I go for the mail. Now I just love those cookies and I get a small “animal cookie” every time I get a eye drop in my eye. Mommy thinks that I will get fat eating those, but Daddy says, “Kirby, you are 12 years old; who cared about weight when you are this old?” My Daddy is really smart…..sometimes. Hehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • :-) Corn cribs! How interesting, they resemble tobacco sheds where they dry the leaves...well in a way. Yes Zoe I also had a chuckle when Sharkey said the screens keep out rodents..Hahah LOL! Tours on the farm? Hey maybe the GS will come someday and take a tour, that would be fun to see you Frenchies and of course the rest of the critters and gang.
    I would love to have a building like this, matter fact I'd love to have any small building for my art studio ;-)
    Maddox, really...laying out on the deck in 16 degree weather? Guess if anyone can do it, you can with that fur coat.
    We had a really bad wind storm last night and the temps went back down to 0 ....but sunny right now.
    OK coffee is calling my name, Kitty is sitting in front of her bowl staring up at the can of cat food...so funny.
    Hope all is well and that everyone is safe and sound.
    Hugs,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Good morning Francesca, Sharkey and Glue Squad buddies everywhere!
    We have lots of corn cribs in Ohio, but not as fancy as that one. And some tobacco sheds too, Delia!Someone is dreaming if they think squirrels and mice are going to be stopped by some chicken wire. Yeah, right! Our Dad has to keep a heavy concrete block on the top of the plastic tote in the garage he uses for the corn to feed the squirrels.
    So it is set....the Super Bowl... Broncos vs Seahawks. We'll be watching for sure.
    It is SNOWING!!!!! It has been since sometime last night. And it is beautiful. At least, I, Brutus, thinks so. Maxie, not so much.
    The wind is blowing and the temps are suppose to drop to single digits later today. Bring it on!
    Maddox, I agree with you.....Sixteen degrees is a great time to be outside....this coming from Brutus, not Maxie! hahahahaha
    Must be off....Dad is out there shoveling snow and we need to help.
    Keep warm, stay safe!
    Pugs and snow angel kisses!!!!
    Brutus and Max

  • Good morning ladies,
    Mimi loves the corn crib. She had to laugh remembering a picture in the Chicago Tribune Sunday magazine many years ago. The picture showed a corn crib and the reporter called it a barn. Boy, did they get a lot of letters. They had to print a correction the next week.
    Delia, Mimi remembers seeing the tobacco farms when driving to Florida. She wondered what was wrong with those barns. She was used to barns that housed cows & horses.
    We got the snow shoveled this morning before the cold air came. It was sort of nice. The moon was shining and the neighborhood was quiet. Now it's windy and drifting and I think I need to drift off to sleep.
    Stay warm everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Bravo! The sleuth finding team of F&S did it again!

    I like the name corn crib! :)

    I wonder if all the farm critters gather 'round the corn crib during the summer and have a hoe down! :) Complete with square dancing! :)

    It's a bone chilly here in NH! Oh yeah, it's Winter!:

    Happy Tuesday...
    gail

  • It was good to see you and Sharkey out and about, Francesca Baby! It got cold here again, so I am doing my most pitiful 'but I'm almost 12!!!!!' face so Mom doesn't make me go outside too much. It's kinda funny that this past week when it's been in the 20s we thought it was 'warm.' Stay actually warm, everyone!
    A bientot!

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