Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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Getting Ready for Spring - Leek and Potato Soup

This past week at the Bountiful Blessings Farm has been filled with preparation for Spring. We finished the construction of our new high tunnel. All we have left to do is hang the doors and backfill. It is exciting to see the progress as we anticipate seeding and growing for this year’s produce season. The seeds have all been ordered; the soil has been prepared; the seed room erected; flats ready; many seeds have arrived; most everything is ready to go! The days are getting longer and the work is multiplying. Once again, the folks at Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce are ready to grow a wonderful crop and to serve our local friends and neighbors with fresh veggies! In the meantime, here is a wonderful recipe for Leek and Potato Soup:

 

Leek and Potato Soup

4 Tbsp. – unsalted butter

1lb - leeks, trimmed and finely sliced

1 ½ lb - potatoes, roughly chopped

1 ½ pt - vegetable stock

4 - Sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 ½ cups – Whole milk

2 Tbsp. - chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 Tbsp. – Heavy whipping cream

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the leeks and sweat gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the potatoes, stock, rosemary and milk. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 20–25 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Discard the rosemary, then pour into a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Return to a clean pan, and stir in the parsley and cream. Season to taste. Reheat gently and serve.

 

Serves 4

 
 

Cold Day for a Sale

Today was a lot of fun, but very cold! I went the Hinckley Lion's Club sale in Hinckley, Illinois. It was great seeing a lot of people I have not seen in over a year. I was trying to find items we need at the farm for the upcoming season. There wasn't really any machinery there that would work for our operation, but I was able to get some lumber to complete at least one of the hay racks we will need. As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, Sunday's for us are usually spent in church and then family time in the afternoon. However, there are some time constraints this week with seed order deadlines and other issues that may prevent me from being able to attend worship.

I am hoping to be done with the things I need to do early in the morning so I can go to church.  However, it seems like lately things have not really gone the way I have planned. This results in crunch time and I do not like doing things at the last minute. The computer crash this week really took its toll. Now I am playing catch-up! I may have to use Sunday to catch-up. Bummer. I hate missing church. Well anyway, I hope that we will have time for some great food. I love this comfort food kind of soup on a cold day! This is what I was thinking about making:

 

Golden Cheesy Potato Soup

Ingredients

3 cups chopped potatoes
1 cup water
½ cup celery sliced
½ cup carrot sliced
¼ cup onions chopped
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups milk
2 tablespoons flour
½ pound velveeta cubed
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup ham diced

Instructions
In a large sauce pan, combine everything EXCEPT the milk, flour, & Velveeta. Mix well, cover, simmer 15-20 minutes or until veggies are tender. Gradually add milk to flour & mix until well blended. Add milk mixture to vegetables. Cook till thickened. Add Velveeta & stir until melted. Serves 7

 
 
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