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The greatest disinformation campaign since public relations was invented.

That is the description of an article I just read in Acres USA magazine.

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But first!

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow. Here’s what I’ll have:

okra, sweet peppers, onions- red, sweet & cipollini; 3 kinds of basil, heirloom tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, 2 kinds of eggplant, potatoes- Rose Finn Apple fingerlings, German Butterball & Carola; garlic.

Our Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Grassfed Angus beef – hot dogs, beer brats, corned beef and bologna all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, philly steak, short ribs, oso bucco, brisket, liver, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flank, flat iron.

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Ok, you know I don’t like to get too serious about stuff. I mean I keep up with what’s going on, especially regarding the state of our food  in America + elsewhere, but I don’t like to worry about things. I do my best  and contribute to good in the world in my own small ways, and I feel happy about that.

But I just read a new article and now I’m sharing.   I thought I was up on all the GMO stuff, and the lack of FDA oversight and all that but this is off the chain.  We’re bringing copies to the market, I hope you will read it and pass it on to someone you know. I hope everyone will stop buying GMO foods so that they will go away. You know that virtually everything that is not certified organic is or contains genetically modified ingredients, right? I’m talking processed foods, anything from the store that is not in the produce aisle, and even many of those fruits and veggies are.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a list. Even if you do believe me, just looking at the list is pretty frightening. So to avoid genetic engineering in your food, just buy organic. GMOs are not allowed in organics.

This lawyer, Steven Druker,  tells how a GMO soil bacteria was engineered to help digest nutrients but it killed all the plants. Can you imagine if that was released and then it began to multiply? He tells how the FDA is illegally approving and even promoting GMO foods while intentionally  giving the public the false impression that it is testing them and they are safe, when in fact their own scientists are telling them there are significant problems with these foods. Druker sued the FDA to force them to release their internal documents on genetically engineered foods. He has scanned the forms onto his website.

You can read the documents about the GMO tomato that caused stomach lesions and death in animal testing but was released anyway. Even though it contained an antibiotic resistant gene that the FDA’s own scientists said should not be released into the general population since that particular antibiotic is widely used medically.

Here is a link to his interview with Dr Mercola, it’s a 2 part video.

He shows how politically appointed administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the risks of these foods, lied about the facts, and then ushered these  products onto the market in violation of mandates of federal food safety law.   -I’m paraphrasing from his website here.

Did you know that by law these foods are supposed to be proven safe but actually  “in practice, nobody even has to inform the FDA if they’re going to dump a genetically engineered food product on our market, let alone do any testing. ”

I did not know that. I thought they at least had to submit some kind of fake studies or a bogus approval form or something. I guess it’s just  a free-for-all out there, unless you’re applying for organic certification then you’re peering over a stack of paperwork 2 feet high.

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Purple basil, Thai basil, and the glorious queen of all basils, Genovese.

 

 

It was a Battle Royale.

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow, July 25. Here’s what I’ll have:

Veggies: Tomatoes, okra, cherry tomatoes; 3 kinds of potatoes: German Butterball, Carola, & Rose Finn Apple fingerlings. Onions – red, sweet and cipollini. Garlic, purple and mini eggplant, green peppers, basil, tricolor snap beans mix.

Beef: hot dogs, beer brats, corned beef and bologna all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, short ribs, oso bucco, brisket, liver, soup bones, oxtail, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flank, flat iron.

Oh my gosh. Abby and Moo got into a huge fight on Monday. I had to run out there and break it up. When cows fight they put their heads down and push each other hard, trying to knock each other down, and they swing their giant hard heads at the other one, aiming for the soft part in the underbelly.  I could hear the WHAPS all the way to the house.  Moo’s head must weigh 150 pounds; when he lays it on my lap my legs die within moments. It’s like being trapped under a car.

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I was terrified someone was gonna break a leg so I went running out there screaming and calling the dogs when I could not get them apart. They were pushing each other down the pond dam and carrying on so, I’ve never seen a cow-fight like that. I finally got them separated by startling Abby with my insane behavior and ran her through the gate and shut it. Abigail stood across the fence and GLARED at Moo while he pawed at the ground with his front hooves, flinging chunks of grass like 3 feet. He never charged though. He cracked me up because steam was literally blowing from his nostrils, but when I’d touch his head and say Moo, calm down you’re gonna overheat, he’d turn and touch my hand with his nose with the sweetest face, then turn back to Abigail with a RAGE face. In a while I brought them a bale of alfalfa and they reunited peacefully.

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Silver Queen Okra

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Grain Sorghum (milo) I planted as a cover crop in one of the hoop houses. It’s supposed to be drought tolerant. I ran the sprinkler in there a couple days before I sowed this, that was in May. No water since and it’s been over 100 degrees in there most days. Uhhh I’d say it’s drought tolerant. That’s the seed head just starting to form.

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Strawberry popcorn tasseling. See the little ears below the tassels forming silks, there are 2-3 ears per stalk.

 

 

 

I’m done with you.

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We’re breaking up. Yeah YOU Stowell’s Evergreen. Stupid heirloom sweet corn from the 1800s. I’ve spent 3 years of my life trying to make this work and I’m over it. I’m going back to my dependable old hybrid sweet corn. We get along so much better. Some things just need to become extinct, because they suck.

Moving on.

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Creamy dreamy Carola bakers! Smoky, rich Tongue of Fire Beans! I have new things for tomorrow at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. OH all the picking. It’s all on the downhill slide now though, everything’s slowing down.

Veggies:  heirloom tomatoes including huge romas; German Butterball and Carola potatoes, both German heirlooms. Edamame, 2 kinds of eggplant, mixed cherry tomatoes, tongue of fire shell beans – oh so delicious with just salt and pepper! Tricolor snap beans, lemon squash, purple basil, red & sweet onions, garlic, okra, cutting celery, parsley, the last of the sweet potatoes.

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Beef: hot dogs, beer brats, corned beef and bologna all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, short ribs, oso bucco, brisket, liver, soup bones, oxtail, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flank, flat iron.

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This sandwich. Madness!

The STOOPIDEST tomato sandwich EVER: a Giant Belgium or Brandywine tomato, which must be cut as thick if not thicker than the bread; Duke’s Soft Crust Sourdough bread (get it at the market), lots of Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper, and of course a boatload of mayo slathered on. You can thank me later.

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Before the rain came this week I drove the hay truck for Shane while he loaded bales from the field, and the dogs helped by filling up the cab with their hot breath and then drooling all over me. Gross.

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Market Stuff for July 11, 2015

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow.  Here’s what I have:

Veggies – heirloom tomatoes: Brandywine, Giant Belgium, Beauty, Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Green Giant, Bloody Butcher, American Original Beefsteak, Azoychka Russian, Limmony, Green Zebra, Long Tom roma, cherry tomatoes. Okra: Silver Queen, Eagle Pass and Bowling Red. German Butterball potatoes, sweet potatoes, red & sweet onions. Cukes: lemon, crystal apple and slicers. Lemon squash, garlic, purple basil, purple snap beans and 2 kinds of eggplant.

Beef: hot dogs, beer brats, corned beef and bologna all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, short ribs, oso bucco, brisket, liver, soup bones, oxtail, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flank, flat iron.

I have MONSTER romas if anyone is making sauce.

Since the deer ate my sweet potato plants, by some miracle I was able to get 2000 more organic Covingtons which we will plant on Monday. It’s way too late I think but I can’t not have sweet potatoes! What else is there in the winter!

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Shane mowed 80 acres of hay with an alleged 4 day window of no rain, or only 10% chances. He watches the weather like a hawk and we have all these radar apps on our phones. Anyway it rained. He had to just round bale it for the cows. That’s a huge loss, since it should have gone into $10 square bales for horse customers.

If I don’t have sweet corn next weekend then surely the next. I already tried to eat one but it’s still too early.

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Remember the Maple Roasted Cherry Tomatoes from last summer? It’s time to bring it back y’all. I make them  with the Bloody Butchers so they don’t shrink up like raisins. Try not to eat the whole pan standing over the stove right after you take them out.

It’s  just equal amounts of pure maple syrup and olive oil or I use coconut oil, and  a little sea salt. Drizzle over halved tomatoes and bake at 250 for 3-4 hours til they caramelize and shrink up. People, these are amazing.

 

July 4th Market!

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Wow. Organically grown heirloom tomatoes. Come on! Does it even get any better?

I’ll have all these at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow:

Red Brandywine, Black Krim, Green Giant, American Original Beefsteak (the only hybrid and I don’t even recommend trying those).  Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Giant Belgium, Azoychka Russian, Bloody Butcher, Green Zebra. Long Tom, Limmony, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple and Beauty.

I’ll also have: lemon squash, Butterball potatoes, red and sweet onions, lots of different kinds of cukes, okra, some purple green beans :) uhhhhh all I can think of right now is tomatoes. Oh yes, sweet potatoes.

Beef: hot dogs, beer brats, pastrami, corned beef and bologna all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, short ribs, oso bucco, liver, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt.

It looks like there will be some sweet corn. Yay!!! Some of it stood back up, just like Shane and Dean told me it would. Needs rain though. Maybe 2 weeks til some is ready if we get some rain.

This  Provencal Vegetable Tian is one of my favorite veggie recipes. Soooo it’s just a  casserole. Onions, potatoes, eggplant, squash, and tomatoes all layered with salt, pepper, olive oil and kalamata olives. I skip the olive oil. Good and easy to make, I just slice all the veg with the mandoline right into the baking dish.

I can’t wait to see you guys tomorrow!

 

What fresh hell is this?

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Does it seem like I’m complaining a lot lately? Well something is eating/ate the sweet potato plants, you can’t even see anything in the picture. How ya like that picture of dirt? Nice pic. Thanks. Based on the evidence I think it’s a dynamic duo of mice and deer.

We planted sweet potatoes slips on Monday, June 8. I know this because on Saturday the 6th I went to my neighbor Carl’s, of Carlea Farms, to pick them up and to see their newborn piglets. We found the mommy pig Wanda had died, within like the past 3 hours since he last checked on her. Heartbreak! So, then there’s not even time to wonder what happened or to be sad because there are 14 newborn babies to figure out how to feed, what to feed, how to get them situated and all that.  I visited them this week and they’re all healthy and super adorable.

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I just came in from digging German Butterball potatoes for tomorrow’s market! The Butterless Potato! A delicious yellow fleshed heirloom. Shane helped me, now he’s gone to bale alfalfa and since there are storms coming he’ll have to pick it all up out of the field tonight and take it to the barn (he usually does that part in the morning) so I don’t expect him to be home til midnight.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market tomorrow, June 27. Here’s what I’ll have–

Veggies: Butterball potatoes, heirloom tomatoes including Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Azoychka Russian, Bloody Butcher, green giant and more! Cherry tomatoes mix, 3 kinds of okra, 5 kinds of cukes, lemon squash and zephyr squash, sweet potatoes, Tuscan garlic, kale, red and sweet onions, a few savoy cabbages, I can’t even remember what else.

Beef: hot dogs, beer brats, pastrami, corned beef and bologna all made from our beef with no added nitrates or nitrites. We’re almost out of dogs. Ground beef, stew meat, short ribs, oso bucco, liver, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt and flank.

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I begged a hay truck and flatbed trailer from Shane to cure onions. So there’s a wagon, a trailer, 2 flatbed trailers and a hay truck covered in onions. Every night I put them to bed in the empty hoop house in case of rain and every morning I pull them back out into the breezy shade.

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The red ones are amazing on the grill.

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Asian cukes make adorable pickle chips.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Do Not Let Your Children Be Farmers

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It’s a mad rush to get all the wheat cut, the wheat straw baled and hauled out of the field, and then soybeans planted back.  We got an inch and a half of rain last night so all that’s on hold.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow, and I have lemon cucumbers!

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But I don’t have those fairytale eggplant that are also in the photo so don’t come to my table all excited for eggplant.

I think they’re the most delicious of all the cukes I’ve grown. In true organic fashion the plants are already starting to die off just as they start making fruit. Sigh.

Market Stuff

Veggies:  tomatoes, cucumbers – lemon,  crystal apple, Asian, mini white and regular slicers. Lemon squash and zephyr squash, fennel bulb, beets, 3 super cool kinds of okra; kale, sweet and red onions, cutting celery, savoy cabbage, sweet potatoes and I don’t even know what else.

Beef: Angus hot dogs, beer brats, pastrami, sliced corned beef, bologna (all without nitrates or nitrites) , ground beef, stew, cube steak, philly steak, short ribs, brisket, liver, soup bones, osso bucco.
Steaks: filet, ribeye, NY strip, sirloin, and flank.
Roasts: eye of round, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip

It’s been way too dry here, then last night we got a bad storm with a lot of wind and some hail, and straight up cats and dogs. 1 1/2″ of rain in less than an hour.

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Know what that is? It’s nothing. It WAS my super beautiful,  non-GMO heirloom sweet corn that I have so much invested in, including the last of my saved seed.  Including soil test, hand weeding, cultivating, organic ammendments. I was so proud of it, and it was just starting to tassle.

Last night’s storm blew it down so now it’s just nothing.

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Know what that is? THAT is a dog that is super stressed out because mommy won’t stop looking over at the corn field and throwing things and yelling bad words.

Dijon Roasted Cabbage. Find out why my 91 year old Gramma G. got hooked on it when I made it for her.

 

 

 

 

 

Market Stuff for June 13.

a row of cucumbers on a trellis behind a row of squash

trellised  cucumbers  behind a row of squash

All across the world, thousands of organic squash plants are dying EVERY DAY because no one sprayed them for bugs. Or they used some kind of natural crap that doesn’t work.
NOW is the time to act!
Ok look. I have 12 gallons of squash and more than that of cucumbers. Before you know it all the organic squash will be gone from the farmers’ market.
I just made this easy SUMMER SQUASH TACO CASSEROLE
I added a layer of cooked cabbage and onions between the squash and ground beef. I also used like 12 times the amount of squash it called for.
We loved it, I’ll make it again.
Or these easy grilled squash roll-ups with goat cheese (or cream cheese) I discovered last year. Obviously using zephyr squash instead of  zucchini.

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Refrigerator pickles are SO easy and super healthy.
Dissolve 1 Tb sea salt in a little warm water in a quart jar, and pack it with cucumbers cut to your liking. Add half a cup of Bragg’s Organic apple cider vinegar, a hot pepper if you like, some herbs, a smashed garlic clove or 2, top it off with water. Marinate 2-3 days in the fridge.

Did you know that summer squash is a nutrient dense food?
How ’bout some manganese, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and more PLUS all different varieties of carotenoids!!
Ward off that macular degeneration. Perhaps regulate your insulin. Put the smackdown on inflammation.

Crispy crunchy cucumbers have flavonoids, lignans and triterpenes. That’s protection against cardiovascular disease, multiple cancers AND free radicals plus you get the molybdenum. Need that.

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow.

Veggies this week:
fennel bulbs, beets, savoy cabbage
zephyr squash and lemon squash
cukes: slicers, Asian, mini whites
Red Creole heirloom onions and sweet onions.
Kale: dwarf blue, red russian, rainbow lacinato and regular (black) lacinato, sweet potatoes,
purple basil, cutting celery, parsley, and a few more.

Beef:
hot dogs, beer brats, pastrami, sliced corned beef, bologna, ground beef, stew, cube steak, philly steak, short ribs, brisket, liver, soup bones, osso bucco.

Steaks:
filet, ribeye, NY strip, sirloin, flat iron, skirt and flank.
Roasts: eye of round, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip

Market Stuff for June 6!

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Veggies this week:

Mini white and Asian cukes, beets, zephyr squash, lemon squash, red onions and sweet onions, cutting celery,
Kale: dwarf blue, red russian, rainbow lacinato and regular (black) lacinato, chard, sweet potatoes,
freshly dug uncured Siciliano garlic – artichoke variety, it’s the last week I will have uncured garlic.
Purple basil, dill umbrels for pickles!

Beef:
hot dogs, beer brats, pastrami, sliced corned beef, bologna, ground beef, stew, cube steak, philly steak, short ribs, brisket, liver, soup bones, osso bucco.

Steaks:
filet, ribeye, NY strip, sirloin, flat iron, skirt and flank.
Roasts: eye of round, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip

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lemon squash.

See you tomorrow!

fresh (uncured) garlic!

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May 15, 2016.

For the farmers market this week:

I have freshly dug, uncured garlic. You can only get this in the spring you know. After that it’s all cured garlic. This week I have Tuscan, a turban variety, which means all the cloves are the same size. No tiny interior cloves to try to peel. Turbans are my fave.

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I have red, black, blue and rainbow kale. All the colors! Also have chard, sweet potatoes and herbs + our beef:

hot dogs, beer brats, pastrami, sliced corned beef, bologna, ground beef, stew, cube steak, short ribs, brisket, liver, soup bones, osso bucco.
Steaks: filet, ribeye, NY strip, sirloin, flat iron
Roasts: eye of round, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip

 

Well I have spent a ton of money this year on organic soil ammendments. I’m really hoping that I get a return on that. I just feel like I have to, to keep it balanced. Every crop removes nutrients and minerals so if you don’t put all that back, then what? It seems like it would be a slow downward spiral with the flavor and quality, and pests and weeds. And yield.

Take boron for example. Just one of about 5 elements I needed to add. I was suprised to find out that I needed 12 lbs of boron added to a 1/3 acre field. But apparently it’s so essential to plants that if they are deficient, they will continue to have *undifferentiated* cell division in their growing tips that causes them to keep growing bigger leaf tips where they would normally have *differentiated* cell division creating more stems, flowers, etc. Yikes that sounds terrible! No stems means stunted plants and no flowers means no fruit.
THAT’S SCIENCE PEOPLE.

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