Swiss Chard with Bacon

Swiss Chard and bacon go great together!  The flavors and textures of these two foods complement each other perfectly, and when you combine them, you’re in for a real treat. So if you have both on hand, try this recipe:

Ingredients:

 

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Everything you need to make bacon Swiss chard! 

3 Slices bacon, chopped

 

1 Bunch Swiss chard

 

1 Tablespoon Virgin Olive Oil

 

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Cooking Steps

 

  1. Separate the chard’s leaves from the stems. Chop the stems into 1 inch pieces, and cut the leaves into 1-2 inch pieces. Wash thoroughly, keep them separated, and then set them aside.

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    Chopping up the stems into 1-inch pieces. 

 

  1. In a large skillet, add the olive oil and set heat at medium high. Once skillet is heated, add the chopped bacon, and cook until it is browned.

 

  1. Add the stems to the skillet, and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring regularly.

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    Cooking the chard stems. 
  2. Add the chard leaves to the skillet, and cook for 2-3 minutes; the chard leaves should shrink and soften somewhat, but still retain some crispiness.
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Steam rising from freshly added chard leaves! 

Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the leaves are cooked, your Swiss chard with bacon is ready to serve. This dish goes great with meat or fish; it is also a great at breakfast alongside some farm fresh eggs.

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Ready to serve! 

We will have plenty of  field-fresh, organic Swiss chard for sale this saturday at the Litchfield Hills Farmers market. Come visit our stand from 10 a.m. to 1 PM. If you want to make this recipe,  you can buy some delicious, grass-fed bacon from Laurel Ridge Farm’s stand there, too!

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Quick Update: Come for the Pickles!

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We have fresh pickles now!

Hi everyone! Just a friendly reminder that we will be at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 1 PM. We hope to see you there!

And if you are there, you’re in luck; we are now offering our new line of freshly canned pickles! We will have traditional dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, and summer squash pickles for sale this weekend. All of our pickles are made from organic produce grown right here on our farm in Woodbury, Connecticut.

Of course, we will be offering our fresh organic produce as well. We will have fresh radishes this week, mustard greens, and rainbow Swiss Chard available, as well as several other favorites.

Our second planting of Chioggia beets is going well; they should be ready in a few short weeks, too.

Garlic-Ginger Tuscan Kale!

Tuscan Kale

We grow several types of kale here on our farm. However, our absolute favorite is the nero di Toscana, or Tuscan kale. Our Tuscan kale is an heirloom variety we purchased from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Company. It is a fast growing, hardy green that outpaces the weeds in our garden, always a plus!

Tuscan kale is delicious. Unlike more conventional kales, nero di Toscana’s leaves are soft, and can be enjoyed uncooked in salads. One or two leaves are also a great addition to a smoothie or protein shake as well. This kale is extremely healthy; it is loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, and like other kales, is purported to be a “superfood” that has even greater health effects  if eaten regularly. In any case they are a versatile and delicious green that aren’t often available in your local supermarket.

Over the past few weeks, customers have often asked the best ways to prepare Tuscan kale, since it is so different form the standard kales they are used to. We love to turn ours into a tasty side dish, and make garlic-ginger Tuscan kale. This is a really simple recipe; here is everything you need to make some garlic-ginger Tuscan kale of your very own today:

Ingredients
Everything you need for some delicious garlic-ginger tuscan kale!
  • 1 large bunch of Tuscan kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

On a cutting board with a sharp knife,  remove the soft green part of the kales’ leaves by running the knife along the “spine” of each leaf; discard the stems (hint: they are great in compost, and your poultry will love eating them as well!). Cut the remaining leaves into large pieces, and then wash them in a colander under cold water.

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Washing the kale in a colander

Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat, then add your oil. Stir in your garlic and ginger, and let it cook for one minute. Ensure you stir it frequently, and don’t allow the garlic or fginger to burn.

Place the kale leaves in the pan, and let them cook on its side

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Kale in the frying pan. 

for one minute. Then flip all of the leaves and let them cook for one minute more. Add salt and pepper to taste, and your garlic-ginger kale is ready to serve.

Garlic-ginger kale is a great compliment to a meat dish, like pork or beef; pair it with some grass-fed pork from the Laurel Ridge Farm and a nice Chianti if you have the chance!

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The delicious finished product! 

We will have plenty of our delicious Tuscan kale on hand this weekend at the Litchfield Hills Farmers market. Come get some, and enjoy a meal of your own garlic-ginger Tuscan kale this week!

The Very First Sale

We finally did it!

Today Acre of Independence Farm sold our organic produce at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market. This was the first time we ever sold anything, and it was great!

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SOMEONE has to feed these guys before we head to Litchfield! 

It was also a LOT of work. We woke up at 5 a.m., and picked and washed most of our produce this morning. Hand-washing 100 pounds of beets takes a long time. Then we packed everything up and loaded our truck. But we weren’t ready to leave just yet. We still had all of our everyday farm chores to do. We had to water the garden, feed the poultry, and take care of the new baby chicks making a racket in my office. Once all that was done, we hit the road for Litchfield.

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Putting up the tent was a team effort! 

The Litchfield Hills Farmers Market is great! There are wonderful vendors there, many of whom have worked there for years. And any nervousness and first day jitters on our part melted away after we met many of the friendly, helpful, and experienced people to our left and right. What a great group of people! And those vendors had some unique offerings, too. If you want coffee-infused maple syrup, grass-fed Connecticut beef from Laurel Ridge Farm, hard-to-find gourmet mushrooms, or custom-made herbal teas,  you need to check out this market.

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These carrots didn’t last long today!

Anyway, we set up our stand according to plan in a nice spot, and before long, we made or first sale!  By mid-morning, we’d sold out of carrots, and customers bought out all of our Chioggia beets shortly after that. When the market ended at 1 PM, we didn’t have much to pack up, most of our produce was GONE!

We have a lot to learn, and will probably made a bunch of mistakes today between waking up and shutting down our stand; we’ll probably make a bunch more between now and next week, when we set up our stand again at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market.

But hey, we’re farming. We are doing what we always wanted to do. We are working hard and having fun together. We are growing great organic produce, and we are going to keep getting better at it. Every day we’ll think about how we can make this farm better, and deliver hard-to-find, high quality items to our customers. We hope you’ll stick around with us along the way.

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Our T-shirts were a hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you in Litchfield next week!

The Acre Goes LIVE!!!!

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COme get some of our Chioggia beets this weekend!

Hey everyone!

After DECADES of dreaming about starting a farm, we finally did it!  Our farm is up and running in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. And this weekend,  we will be GOING LIVE!

Acre of Independence Farm will have a stand at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market starting Saturday, July 14th, from 10 a.m. to 1 PM.

We will be offering high quality, organic, heirloom produce that you won’t be able to find in any grocery store. Cosmic purple carrots. Japanese daikon radishes. Tuscan Kale. And of course, our signature candy cane Chioggia beets. We’ll have tons of yellow and zucchini squash, pickling cucumbers, and other fresh greens too.

Please come see us at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market from 10 to 1 this weekend, at the Center School Parking Lot, Woodruff Lane, Litchfield Connecticut. See you all soon!