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Organic Growing Practices

The Autumn Harvest Orchard follows USDA rules for organic agriculture. This means that we use farming practices that promote healthy soils, reduce pests, and protect our environment. Our goal is to produce the  highest quality, freshest, local, organic grown food we can for local food fans in western Connecticut.

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Meet Your Farmer

Like many small-scale, direct market farmers, Joanne did not grow up on a farm. She grew up gardening at the family home in Massachusetts. After graduating college and joining the military for over 20 years she arrived in Connecticut. Joanne continued her passion by making her vision a reality and purchasing the land that is now called Autumn Harvest Orchards, LLC. Her mission is to provide a healthy legacy for the next generation and agriculture was a means to that end.

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Kale Soup

Nothing warms the soul like a good scoop of soup. Well, Kale is a superfood full of nutrients with proven health benefits. Even though its a little warm right now, we find a warm bowl of soup a tasty meal on a cool summer night. Here’s one of our favorite recipes.

Ingredients list

– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 yellow onion, chopped
– 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
– 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
– 8 cups of water
– 6 cubes vegetable bouillon (such as Knorr)
– 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
– 6 white potatoes, peeled and cubed
– 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
– 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
– 2 tablespoons dried parsley
– salt and pepper to taste

Prep time is 25 minutes
Cook time is 30 minutes
Ready in 55 minutes!

Here’s the directions
1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot; cook the onion and garlic until soft.
2. Stir in the kale and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
3. Stir in the water, vegetable bouillon, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, Italian seasoning, and parsley.
4. Simmer soup on medium heat for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.