Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Market Stuff for May 18.

 

It’s time for fly boots! For whatever reason, flies feast on his legs all summer- no one elses! – and literally eat through the flesh. If he doesn’t wear fly boots, he has nothing left by fall. Just bones.  He’s gray at the temples 🙂

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm with:

Eggs – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm

Cucumbers, a few squash (I’ve been using all the squash making squash noodles like crazy), beets, swiss chard, kale, mint, chives, lemon balm, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flat iron, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.85/lb), and almost half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

I planted tomatoes in the hoop early this year- early March- and the plants were loaded with green tomatoes and the Bloody Butchers were turning red. I haven’t been in the hoop house in 2 days – busy laying plastic, planting melons and clearing out the other hoop – and today I went to check on them; squirrels have taken every tomato off of every plant.  In fact I saw one of those little bastards running out with a tomato.

I’m raising the price of the mini cukes, they’ve always been $3 lb but on Saturday I noticed that came to 66 cents for 3. Obviously not worth growing them for that.

I’ve been making the MOST delicious pad thai-type situation with snow peas, zucchini noodles,  squash noodles and sweet potato noodles on the spiralizer, and a sauce made from coconut milk, sunflower seed butter, hot pepper, coconut aminos and ginger. SO GOOD. I do add rice noodles to help boost the calories.

 

That’s one half of my herd 🙂 See  you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for May 11.

Half (that’s his actual name) turned 30 this week. That’s about 90 in human years. I’ve had him since he was born. I know that doesn’t seem possible since I’m only 25,  but….it’s just weird math.  Lookin’ good old fella! <3  I’ve noticed that since he’s been getting regular massages and some acupressure, he’s running around a lot more and throwing out some little bucks and crow hops. He hasn’t tried any of those moves in a long time. I’m thinking I’ve increased his life span 🙂

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm with:

Eggs – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm

Cucumbers and snow peas are starting to come in so I have just a few of those, lots of beets, swiss chard, kale, mint, lemon balm, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat, some tomato plants and chamomile plants. I’ll have tea hibiscus plants in a couple weeks.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.85/lb), and almost half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers garden peas, I should have some next week.

I got sweet corn planted yesterday, right before the rain. That’s over a month late so it should have plenty of extra worms in it.  I’m planting border rows of sunflowers around all my garden plots, and just all over the place. Probably a bad idea for some reason I haven’t thought of yet but I just felt like it. I do what I want! Haha.

Shane got pranked by one of his farmer buddies – he came by in a 6 row planter and planted a swath of sunflowers in the field Shane had just planted in soybeans. Super funny!

See you tomorrow 🙂

Market Stuff for May 4.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm with:

Eggs – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm.

Leeks, beets, swiss chard,  kale, mint, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat, some tomato plants, chamomile plants and I’m not sure what else.

I made this Avocado Kale Caesar with Sweet Potato Fries  the other night. The dressing is really good, we dipped our fries in it, too.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, ribeye,  NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.85/lb), and almost half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

I’ve been getting requests for new farm photo notecards, but all the animals had their winter coats and were so dirty and wooly. Now that they’re all shedding out and shiny, I got the horses all curried and brushed and had Shane go out in the pasture and chase them around so I could take photos.

Carats had a great time pretending to be scared, blowing like a wild mustang, and running in circles around everyone else trying to get them going. He’s the youngest in a herd of geriatrics so neither he nor Shane had much luck – the other horses were like, DUDE it’s nap time. Shane was so whooped from tromping around 5 acres he came back and fell asleep on the couch.

The first hay cutting of the year turned out really nice. I got dibbs 🙂

I love the fragrance of the sage blossoms! I made a bouquet for the table. See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for April 27.

Say goodbye to our beautiful cows.

Shane has sold about 1/5 of the herd and will be selling a majority of what’s left soon, just keeping a few. It’s not worthwhile anymore; the sales aren’t there. We’ve been talking about it for the past year. It’s a huge amount of energy, time and expense making hay and baleage to feed them, taking care of them, the fencing, the pastures… we have almost 100 acres devoted to pasture that could be producing actual income. It’s pretty sad and really a shame, knowing what kind of lives they have here, the quality of the food they produce, then just taking them to the auction. I know customers always wonder what happened when a farm stops showing up at the market, but if the market can’t support the farms, they leave. I don’t know what will happen with us this year, but we’ve been putting a lot more into this than we are getting out of it and we’re both ready for some balance.

Anyway I will be there tomorrow! And I will try to be more motivated than I am feeling right now. I AM kind of excited about going to the plant sale at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens afterward 🙂

 

SO: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market until 1 pm.

Eggs – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm.

Plants this week – thyme, oregano, cutting celery, sungold cherry and a mix of heirloom tomato plants in 4″ pots.

For veggies I have leeks, beets, collard greens, swiss chard, Red Russian kale and curly kale, parsley,  sage and chives bunches, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, ribeye,  NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.85/lb), and almost half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

 

See you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for April 20.

 

Hi! I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm and I’ll be back in my usual spot across the aisle, A16.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm

Beef specials this week – Briskets are 25% off and I found a recipe for crock pot BBQ brisket that looks similar to how I would make it in the crock pot, except as you know I’m way too high maintenance to use bottled sauce. Like my dad says, “Why do you have to be so difficult?” I don’t know, Dad, I don’t know. At this point it’s just a rhetorical question. No one knows. Also regardless of the recipe I slow-cook everything on high.

Plants this week – thyme, oregano, parsley, cutting celery and chives plus sungold cherry, red cherry and a mix of heirloom tomato plants including Bloody Butcher, Giant Green, Cherokee Purple, and more all in 4″ pots. I think there are also 2 container cherry plants in 4.5″ pots.

For veggies I have red oakleaf lettuce,  leeks,  beet greens, big, beautiful bunches of collard greens, swiss chard, Red Russian kale and curly kale, parsley,  sage and chives bunches, Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, ribeye,  NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for April 13.

Hi! I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm and I’ll be back in my usual spot across the aisle, A16.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm-

Beef specials this week – Brisket! We sold out of the short ribs that needed to go, but we still have briskets to move. Holy 25% OFF, Batman! They’re reasonable sizes, too, around 3#.

Potted plants this week- thyme, oregano, parsley, cutting celery and chives plus sungold cherry tomato plants and just a couple of Zarnitsa (a sturdy, heavy bearing and early – I’ll have more coming) and a dwarf indeterminate container cherry, also more of those coming. All in 4″ pots.

For veggies I have red oakleaf lettuce,  really pretty bunches of beet greens, big, beautiful bunches of collard greens, swiss chard, Red Russian kale and this pretty rainbow kale in the photo, parsley,  Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.

Any of the greens are delicious in the Pasta with Greens recipe on our Recipes page – I love it with Trader Joes Red Lentil Sedanini pasta. I made it tonight.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, ribeye,  NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks (my fave for kabobs and steak tacos), skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for April 6.

Hi! I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm and I’ll be back in my usual spot across the aisle, A17.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm.

I have potted plants this week- parsley, cutting celery and chives in 4″ pots.

For veggies I have really pretty bunches of beet greens, big, beautiful bunches of collard greens and swiss chard, bunches of Siberian kale, parsley, and bags of Red Russian kale; leeks; Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat, and I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Nice big NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks (my fave for kabobs and steak tacos), skirt, flap steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

The ground beef special is back this weekend – Buy 5 lbs, get 1 lb free.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

That is a sea of kale.

I was able to till (barely, some of it I couldn’t plant into it was still so mucky and tilling it just made a mess) and get 150 cabbage and broccoli transplants in, and we got the early fingerling potatoes planted. That was last night before today’s rain. Always rushing to beat the rain. We got early squash, cukes and tomatoes in the hoops last week but I’m out of space for indoor planting now. I still have a ton of transplants that need to go in, but until it dries up they’ll just be languishing in their flats.

I’ll have more potted herbs, edible flowers and veggie plants coming soon. See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for March 30.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until around 11am.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm. Everyone is saying they are the best eggs.

I have potted plants this week- parsley (that’s us in the photo), cutting celery and chives in 4″ pots.

For veggies I have big, beautiful bunches of collard greens and swiss chard, bunches of Siberian kale, parsley, and bags of Red Russian kale; a ton of leeks; Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat, and I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Ribeye, NY strip, sirloin, skirt, flap steak, flat iron, short ribs, philly steak, cube steak, stew beef, osso bucco, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

AND a sale on short ribs! 20% off this weekend. We have a lot of ribs in stock and more beef coming back from the processor soon so the ribs gotta go! I have a delicious recipe for Short Ribs in Red Wine on the website.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

Today was a really sad day, we had to put down a horse. Jasper had an eye disease that was chronic and painful, and the owners and vets just exhausted all the treatment options basically besides removing his eyes. He’s been through a lot with his eyes. I’ve been taking care of him for I think about 15 years or so, and he is or was really like my own. It was pretty rough today but it’ll be a lot worse going out there every day and not seeing his sweet face. He was a very gentle soul.

See you guys tomorrow

Market Stuff for March 23.

Hello! I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until around 11am.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm. Everyone is saying they are the best eggs.

Spring greens are looking so gorg! 🙂 I have big, beautiful bunches of collard greens and swiss chard, bunches of Siberian kale, parsley, and bags of this lovely Red Russian small leaf kale in the photo above; a ton of leeks; Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat, and I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

filet, ribeye, NY strip, sirloin, flank, skirt, flap steak, flat iron, short ribs, philly steak, cube steak, stew beef, osso bucco, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

This looks amazing: Korean BBQ Burritos. We have nice big sirloin steaks, or a sirloin tip roast would be perfect for this too.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

I made this Collard Green Salad with Ginger and Spicy Seed Brittle from Bon Apetit awhile back, although I modified it a bit, it was delish.

We’ll be getting beef back from the processor in a couple weeks so if you’re thinking of doing 1/8 or quarter, it’s a good time to let me know as I’ll be writing the cutting order soon.

See you tomorrow!

 

No market for me tomorrow.

Hi! I’ve been getting some messages about whether I’ll be at the market tomorrow so this is just a reminder that I will not. ☺️

See you next weekend!

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