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Being born and raised in the Midwest I have a special place in my heart for agriculture. I used to spend my summers on my Great Great Great Uncle’s farm in Montana. I have so many fond memories of spending the day out on the combine with my uncle while he harvested crops. Or catching fish down at the creek. We would even take trips over to the neighbors to visit their livestock. Now, I live in a suburb with my daughter and we don’t have many farms around us. But we do visit the livestock barns every year at the state fair so she can experience a little bit of what it’s like to be around livestock.
I try to teach my daughter how to support local agriculture whenever possible. We frequent the local farmer’s market at her school every week. We buy our honey from the local bee farmers. And we participate in programs that support agriculture. That is why we are picking up some Farmland bacon while out grocery shopping today at our local Coborn’s Cub Foods. For every Farmland product (bacon, ham or sausage) purchased from now until September 30th, 2017 Farmland will donate $.10 to the National FFA Organization, up to $75,000!
Farmland has been in the business of making quality, premium products since 1959. It’s the same quality Farmland products you find when you are eating at your favorite restaurants and you can make them at home too. From bacon, sausage, specialty cut ham, and more, all Farmland products are tender, flavorful, and made with quality ingredients. If you are looking for a new recipe to serve at the next family get together, visit www.FarmlandFoods.com for a little inspiration.
Another wonderful thing about Farmland products is they are all products of the USA and are free of hormones and MSG! As a mom, that just makes me feel good about my choice of serving Farmland to my family.
Our favorite Farmland product is bacon. Who doesn’t like bacon??!!?? But, sometimes cooking bacon can be a pain in the tush. So I’m going to let you in my favorite way to cook bacon. First, I actually bake the bacon. That’s my secret! I don’t pan fry. It’s messy and can lead to grease burns. Instead, I take a nice large baking sheet, put down parchment or tinfoil, whichever you have available. Then I lay my bacon out so that none of it touches. Put it in a cold oven and then set the oven to 400F and let it bake about 15-20 minutes. You’ll want to keep an eye on it, depending on how thick the bacon is, it may cook faster.
Let’s support our FFA and purchase Farmland products. It never hurts to have a few (or dozen) packages of bacon on hand for the holidays! So next time you are out shopping at your local grocery store, for us that’s Cub Foods, pick up some Farmland products and help support FFA.