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Brockway Farms, Organic Farming of Love

Posted Jul 14 2012 5:54pm
It's that time of year when things that grow are looking amazing at the Brockway Farms in Pleasant Valley Iowa right outside the Quad Cities,
When Mark Called to let me know the crops were coming up I wasted no time getting to the Brockway Sweetcorn Farms. Ok...it's much more then that, swiss chard, peppers, corn, herbs, tomatoes, fresh garlic, flowers, Hot peppers, pumpkins and a lot more!


Located on hwy 67 about 1/2 mile on the right past Alcoa, look for the Brockaway Farm sign, a classic red tractor and an American flag.
Now you have to know that all the crops are organic. Grown with stream feed irrigation and fish based fertilizer. Right away you notice the butterflies, frogs, bumble bee's Mark say's it's the organic nature of the farm. Theirs nothing on the farm that has the ability to kill. Unlike a traditional corn field where there is nothing alive due to the pesticides.

Anne, Mark's boss and marriage partner mans the retail produce stand and is a awesome cook!

Lets tour this years crop!











































































This year Mark gave me a  swiss chard and Kale and there "GREEN DRINK" of love recipe. 
This Recipe has been made by me and tested! there are many versions on the good old internet. Now, your about to get get the real deal.Some tips you won't find on internet sites.1. This mixture will not fit in a standard blender.2. I used a food processor for the Chard and Kale with enough water to blend.3. After I used a food processor, I moved the mixture to a blender.4. Vita mix or blendtec blenders work very well.

The Brockway/Happy Diabetic Recipe
Ingredients
2 cups Fresh Swiss Char

1/2 to 1 cup water 1 bunch of Kale
2 cups cucumber
3 staks celery
2 apples
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries2 Bannans Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) or 2 T splenda or Stevia 
DirectionsCut all the veggies and fruit into small pieces Combine all kale and Swiss Chard and water  ingredients in a food processor.Move the mixture to a blender . This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.








But I do love Sauteed Swiss Chard.cooked in sesame oil and garlic WOW unbelievable. Their are many different types of chard on the farm. Here's my recipe and some pictures of the dish I made today.





A bed of greens makes a delicious accompaniment to Arctic char. Serve with buttered rice or pasta if you like.1 bunch Swiss chard 5-6 stems , 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, Pepper to taste Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil.





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