Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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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.

 
 

Scouting

This morning I spent at least two hours scouting the fields for any potential problems. I really only noticed one problem, weeds. Even though we spend a lot of time weeding and cultivating, those pesky little buggers seem to always haunt us. Nevertheless, one neighbor farmer told me that shows that the soil is healthy. I am not sure if that is an indicator of healthy soil or not, but I do know that weeds rob the vegetable plants of water, nutrients and sunlight. So, noting the weeds, we will be doing some clean up this week. In fact, dad was out on the cultivator must of the afternoon. The preparation area is coming along well and our stage area is almost complete. Thanks, Dad! 

Andy and I spent the afternoon replanting popcorn that did not germinate. Once that was complete, we planted more beets, lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, carrots, radishes and kale. This upcoming week I will need to plant the second batch of green beans and several other plantings. It is exciting to see this all come together. I am still trusting God to give us favorable weather to produce and harvest a bountiful crop. I thank Him for the opportunity to see His wonderful creation each and every day - little seeds eventually turning into edible vegetables to sustain our lives. It is incredible! Again, may God richly bless you this week!

 
 

Popcorn

Well, tonight sets the first record of the season; it is 9:30pm and I just got in. It has been a very productive day and I feel good about the way things went. Dad worked on equipment most of the day and then came out to the field to give me a hand planting. I put in all of the ornamental corn, broom corn and popcorn. That took most of the day. I had to work down some ground, then lay out the plot. Nonetheless, it was a big task. I am looking forward to the popcorn this fall. We planted popcorn last year, but only for our own use. This year we planted popcorn with the intent of selling it in the winter. Last year's popcorn was awesome. 

Kim just finished making supper, so its time for me to eat. I hope you all have a great week! We will be planting more tomorrow. I will keep you up to date! God Bless!

 
 

Pooped Out and Popcorn!!

Today was a long day of meetings. I spent all day learning! I guess that was a good thing, but sometimes after being in meetings, one feels like they wasted a day. I am not sure how I feel yet?? I worked on a few seedling issues this afternoon and watered the ones that were in need. Tomorrow is another day of seeding and then building a second cold frame. It seems like spring is just around the corner and I am behind! I hope it all comes together and I am sure it will. My nephew, Andy will be coming out this weekend to help with with a few projects. As I have mentioned before, he is such good help. I wish I had several more just like him. I say that only knowing that I have several nieces and nephews that are very talented and gifted. By no means are they to be slighted. Everyone is gifted differently.

I also received a phone call today from my popcorn seed supplier. The seed is going to be shipped out soon. I guess there is no real hurry, as it will not be planted until the middle of May. This year we are expanding the popcorn production up so we can have popcorn this fall for sale. Keep watching for availability here online this fall. If it is anything like the popcorn we grew this year, it will be awesome. We will have both yellow, white and baby rice corn. Tonight I am going to take it easy and do a little reading. Hope you have a wonderful evening and we will catch you tomorrow. God Bless!

 
 
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