Farmer talked me into buying, many, many corn on the cob ears. The colored kind that people usually put on their doors. I'm a huge popcorn fan and when this guy told me that, “sure, that'll pop” I figured I was set for a locavore snack. Party time! I put the ears in my wine rack. Local dried corn, local butter, what could be better? After a good 10 minutes prying each kernel off and chasing them all over the kitchen, I dumped maybe a handful into the hot grease. I put the lid on the stock pot and waited for popping. It begins like usual, so I pull out the butter. Then the popping stops. Then the smoke starts to come out of the pan. There were around 10 survivors. Pears are so good this time of year.