Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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Corn Chowder - We Love It!

This time of the year is one of our favorite times for making soups, stews and chowders. This is one really stands out as a favorite! Enjoy! I usually double the recipe as we love to savor it for several days.

 

Corn Chowder

2 tablespoons butter

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

6 sprigs fresh thyme - leaves only

¼ lbs Salt Pork (sliced) - bacon can be used

¼ cup all-purpose flour

6 cups canned vegetable stock

2 cups heavy cream

2 Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced

6 ears sweet corn - fresh frozen can used if needed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

 

Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt pork and thyme and cook until the vegetables are good and soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Dust the vegetables with flour and stir to coat everything well. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Add the cream and the potatoes; bring to a boil and boil hard for about 7 minutes, until the potatoes break down (this will help to thicken the soup and give it a good texture). Cut the corn kernels off the cob and add to the soup. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until the corn is soft, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the parsley and give it another little drink of olive oil. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

 

 

 
 

Home Made Kettle Corn

We eat a lot of popcorn at the Bountiful Blessings Farm. One of our favorite recipes is Kettle Corn. We also make quick caramel corn. I will post that recipe another time. Check out our web site for our home grown popcorn. I use one of those theater popcorn poppers to make all of our popcorn and this recipe. It works great. Nonetheless, the method printed here works well.

 

Homemade Kettle Corn

Ingredients:

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels

Directions:

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, stir in the sugar and popcorn. Cover, and shake the pot constantly to keep the sugar from burning. Once the popping has slowed to once every 2 to 3 seconds, remove the pot from the heat and continue to shake for a few minutes until the popping has stopped. Pour into a large bowl, and allow to cool, stirring occasionally to break up large clumps.

 
 

Catch Up Day

Today was one of those days when I was finally able to get caught up with a few personal things I needed to do. It has been very busy with picking and maintaining the crop. Our stands have been very busy and the vegetables have been excellent. We received about 6 tenths inches of rain overnight and throughout the day. It is still sprinkling now as I write this. Tomorrow morning I have an appointment and then I will spend the day picking and sorting. We strive diligently to provide our customers with the finest quility vegetables we can give them. One of us inspects every piece that we sell. I do not want to get so big that we are unable to provide such a service and product. It sounds like the weather will be nice tomorrow and Wednesday and then we might get some more rain. I wish these rains would have come last month! Nonetheless, we have been blessed with a great harvest. Stop into one of stands this week for some tasty sweet corn, melons and a large variety of wonderful, healthy, locally grown vegetables. May God bless you this upcoming week.
 
 

Rain Day

We have been working very hard at the Bountiful Blessings Farm in Hinckley, Illinois. Between our farm stands and picking, we have not had a lot of time to do anything. Andy, Peter and George have been picking corn and tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow and patty pan squash, peppers and much more. Today was the Hinckley Farmer's Market and the Kane County Flea Market. Our stands have been busy this past week. Many people are enjoying our melons and sweet corn. The heirloom tomatoes are coming on and the heirloom peppers are producing a bumper crop. We all hope you are having a great summer and are taking the opportunity to eat some great locally grown food! God bless!

 

Here is the grandkids enjoying some sweet corn!


 
 

Sweet Corn and Tomatoes!!

The last few days have been very hectic. Between watering, weeding and taking care of the pests, we have tow satnds open and a third will be open tomorrow. This is the season I love! I love to be busy working hard and seeing our produce sold and enjoyed by those who support us, the local farmers. The weather has not been the best, but we are thankful for the little amounts of rain God has provided. The high tunnel tomatoes are very tasty and abundant. The tomatoes in the field are starting to ripen and it is so coll to see things happen after all the planning we did this winter. Our sweet corn is coming in and tastes great! Andy is gone on vacation and Peter has been working his butt off to fill Andy's shoes. Kim and Dad have also been working hard to make this a wonderful year. Mom is also gone for a few days relaxing in Missouri. We miss them, but know they deserve some free time. Please continue to remember us in your prayers as we really need rain. May God richly bless you this week!
 
 

Continuing on Schedule

Been very busy these last few days. We planted more sweet corn, cultivated sweet corn, cultivated squash and gourds, weeded beans and tomatoes, weeded other areas of the farm. watered, watered, watered... Such is our schedule. Besides all of that we are starting to pick a few things for our customers. Our CSA accounts will be getting their first batch of veggies this upcoming week, providing we get some rain. And did I mention, we are continuing our planting schedule on other veggies, like onions, beans and seeding cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage for fall. 

The tomatoes in the high tunnel are coming along very nicely and those in the field look good despite the drought. We have been watering stuff, but things really look pretty good overall, considering. There is still some moisture in the ground and a chance of rain tonight and tomorrow morning. I am praying we get some! I just keep trusting the Lord. Hope you have a good evening. God bless!

 
 

More Sweet Corn - More Tomatoes - More Work!

We have just finished planting our last tomato!!! Yippie! I think we have about 2000 in the ground - maybe more. Many of these are heirloom varieties including:

  • Aunt Ruby's German Green
  • Aunt Molly's Husk
  • Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato
  • Burbank Tomato
  • Chalk’s Early Jewel Tomato
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato
  • Djena Lee’s Golden Girl Tomato
  • German Pink Tomato
  • Livingston’s Globe Tomato
  • Livingston’s Golden Queen Tomato
  • Orange Oxheart Tomato
  • Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato
  • Sheboygan Tomato
  • Pink Brandywine Tomato
  • German Johnson
  • Black Krim
  • Black Sea Man
  • Green Zebra
  • Chocolate Stripes
  • Cherokee Chocolate
  • Hillbilly
  • Roma
  • Copia
  • Yellow Oxheart
  • Red Fig
  • And MORE!!!
This is going to be an exciting year! I cannot wait to see it all unfold. Our CSA customers are in for some good eating this summer. This morning, we also planted twelve more rows of sweet corn. If it is anything like last years, it will be great! Hope you all have a great week! May God bless you and grand you His peace!
 
 

Sweet Corn Time!

Tuesday and Wednesday were very busy days at the Bountiful Blessings Farm. We continued our transplanting and seeding. My dad worked on equipment and the high tunnel. He had a few last minute things to accomplish before we begin to plant. The tomatoes in the hot house look excellent and those that were hit by the freeze last week are looking better. I should be able to save over half. Some of them were protected and not effected at all. Yesterday we planted our first sweet corn. We put in three varieties; an early, mid-season and late. We should have corn for the fourth of July if everything goes as planned. 

It sprinkled a little last night, but not enough to keep us out of the field. I am going to plant kohlrabi and more peas today. I might even set out some cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. I'll just have to see how the weather holds. They are calling for rain. Tonight I teach at the church and tomorrow Kim will be home, so hopefully we can get a lot more accomplished. I hope you all have a wonderful day blessed with God's grace and goodness!

 
 
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