Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Q: What do farmers eat for lunch?

A: Anything they can get their hands on...and lots of it!
I once read an article (early on in my marriage and my new way of life) that most farming accidents happen mid-afternoon. Why? Because many farmers simply refuse to get off of the tractor to eat. They get run-down from low blood sugar, and they don't think straight. This made sense to me. The article was urging anyone available to make "snack runs" to all of the local farmers in the area. Well, I didn't do that, but I have run many, many, many lunches and suppers to the field. It is absolutely true that farmers will often forgo food or simply forget to eat because they are just too busy to notice that they missed a meal. Shame on them! (Wish I had that problem.) My stomach will always remind me that it needs to be fed.
Anyway, I thought I'd show you what yesterday's lunch was (and today's for that matter since I make tons of food and generally love left-overs) and share with you the all too simple recipe for the rice that they make at Chipotle. I've been so addicted to their rice that I was beginning to think they put crack in it!

Cilantro Lime Rice
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
2/3 cup long grain white rice
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
juice from 1 lime
Heat oil in a pan. Add rice and lime juice and simmer for 1 minute. Add water and salt, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes (or until done). Fluff rice and add cilantro.

Serve with pulled pork, cheese, salsa...whatever! Or just eat it straight out of the pan. I'm not watching! Enjoy!


  1. Kris - thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love cilantro and pulled pork so I am definitely going to try this out.

  2. Hi! I'm doing a project for school and I'm doing it on farms. Do farmers eat from their own crops and livestock or do they just buy things from the supermarket?

  3. Joanna, It's kind of a combination. We are "row crop" farmers. That basically means that we grow crops in large quantity (in rows) and the grain (corn, soybeans, wheat, etc...)is harvested with a combine and taken to elevators where it is then sold to make food stuffs and other products. (i.e. anything from tofu, cornchips, and chewing gum to livestock feed, ink and car panels.) We do have a small garden just for ourselves and we also grow several acres of sweetcorn that we sell and also eat, but mostly, we go to the grocery store just like everybody else. "Truck" farmers are farmers who grow produce (tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, etc...)on a much smaller scale, usually to sell at local farmer's markets or grocery stores..and they would actually eat more of what they produce. We do have a neighbor that raises Black Angus cattle and we buy our beef from her, but also from the grocery store. Good luck with your project!

  4. Just found your site through Suzanne at the Window on the Prairie blog. I'm a native Kansan (raised in Hiawatha) so am enjoying reading through your archives. Was tickled to see the Chipotle-esque rice recipe -- we LOVE their food!