Wilted Lettuce Dressing

I’ve always loved to plant a garden.  I think as a farmer, I just have a super fondness for dirt.  However, the garden is always ready to be weekend and picked around county 4H fair season.  So the weeds grow and I get frustrated and stop tending it like I should

This year I tried something different.  I put on a few “vital” plants in pots on my patio.  Tomatoes, leaf lettuce, peas and herbs all found a spot in my pots.  There are now weeds to tend, and I don’t get overwhelmed with all of the work!

I love to plant leaf lettuce but not for healthy eating reasons.  I make wilted lettuce dressing.  It’s a hot bacon dressing that you pour on leaf lettuce to make the lettuce wilt.  And it’s so good!

The salad is a recipe my Mom made often when I grew up.  I’m not sure where the recipe came from, but it is one I don’t even need a recipe to make.  It’s committed to memory.

The first thing you’ll need is leaf lettuce.  If you don’t have any in the garden, you can but some in the grocery.  It isn’t quite as good as homegrown, but once you pour hot bacon grease on it, you’ll love it!


The dressing is simple.  You need to cook 3-4 slices of bacon.  Remove the bacon from the pan and add 2 TBSP of flour to the grease.  This will thicken the grease.  In a separate bowl, mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 3/4 cup water and 1 cup brown sugar.  Add that mixture to the bacon grease.  Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil.

That’s it!  Your salad can be whatever you like.  I will add a hard-boiled egg, the cooked bacon, a few nuts and the lettuce.  Pour the dressing on top.

It’s delicious!

What recipe do you have committed to memory?


Where can you buy the pigs we raise?

I’m often asked where people can buy the pigs we raise on our farm.  The answer isn’t exactly an easy one.

We do butcher our own hogs.  Every year over Christmas, my family gets together to butcher, cut and wrap up meat for our own consumption.

Grandpa supervises.
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We always have ham, ribs and lots of bacon.

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We also grind plenty of sausage.

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And the kids usually wrap and label the meat.

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But that’s for us.  So where can you buy the hogs we raise on our farm?


Keep calm.  There’s plenty of bacon for everyone.  We sell a large amount of hogs we raise to Indiana Packers based in Delphi, IN.

Indiana Packers is a 20-year veteran pork production plant that has seen tremendous growth and is now looking forward to an even brighter future, with plans to expand its operation and capacity.

Since the founding of the business in 1991, Indiana Packers has grown to become a national leader in the processing of premium pork products.

One of those products is sold under their Indiana Kitchen label.  Bacon.  Yummy, tasty, bacon.


When we run out of our own bacon from the hog we butchered, and I NEED a BLT sandwich, I always buy Indiana Kitchen bacon.  That bacon may be from the hogs we raise.  Indiana Packers purchases hogs from many family hog farmers in the Midwest.  It’s a company we have worked with for many years and I am proud to have our hogs carry the Indiana Kitchen label.

So where can you find Indiana Kitchen bacon?  Look at their website for a store locator.

And eat more bacon!! Your purchase could likely be hogs that we raise on our family farm.




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