Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Market Stuff for February 25.

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, just a couple bunches of carrots, sweet potatoes, wheat.

We still have the GB special, Buy 5 get 1 free, philly steak is 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

Oh my gosh, you have to see this Open Faced Steak Sandwich with Avocado Horseradish! I haven’t made it yet because it just came into my inbox, but Laughing Owl Farm has horseradish, and we have steak :) You could even be super economical with the philly steak instead of Strip steak, because it’s on sale :) and it’s delicious.

Actually I have horseradish too…but the digging…

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I went to get set up for pre-sprouting the ginger and turmeric this week and found that although I had ordered pre-cut seed, I got whole hands. So I learned a new thing, how to cut up ginger for seed.

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Not too shabby, right? Important note: You have to leave 1/4″ extra on the cut for shrinkage. That’s what she said.

I order certified organic ginger and turmeric seed from Hawaii where they propagate it themselves, it’s really high quality, disease free seed and I’ve never used ginger and turmeric seed from anywhere else.

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These tomato plants are for setting out mid-March in the hoop house. I double plant them (2 seeds per cell) and you can see sometimes both seeds come up, sometimes just one and sometimes nada.

And sometimes, I accidentally have a whole flat where I forgot to plant ANY SEEDS then just keep watering and watering and nothing ever comes up and I’m like, these seeds are crap!!! Where do these people get off!!!

Anyway,  when both seeds come up I separate them (if I feel like it) and some lucky persons will be able to buy these lovely extra plants for early tomatoes in a few weeks, or I’ll keep potting them up to 1 or 2 gallon pots and sell them as nice big plants in late April.

So I’ll have some extra early tomato plants to sell, if anyone has a little greenhouse or high tunnel. Or WHO KNOWS, it might just go straight to 80 degrees in March in which case you can just plant them wherever you like. They’ll be ready mid-March in 4″ pots because that’s how I plant them in my hoop house. Then I’ll have another crop of early tomato plants ready around the first of April, and then main season ones late April.

I’ll also have all the “mainstream” herbs in 4″ pots ready for mid April or later, and other garden plants as well. You can scroll back to last April and see how beautiful they were. Growing potted plants to sell is one of my very favorite things.

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I’ll see you guys tomorrow <3

 

 

Market Stuff for February 18.

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The greenhouse is full of onions!…herbs, tomatoes, cabbages, and just all the baby plants.

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I love how onions come up from the middle, folded in half. Then they unfold and stand straight up.

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Cutting celery – kind of amazing that each tiny seedling will grow into a huge plant that can feed a family all season into frost…not like a celery-crazed family, but just a normal family.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, sweet potatoes, wheat and since I’ve missed a few markets, we have some great specials on our delicious beef!

We still have the GB special, Buy 5 get 1 free PLUS, philly steak and NY Strip are 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  skirt, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, osso buco,  short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

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Last weekend my family came, with 4  horses and their dogs :) We set up corrals for the horses and went trail riding in the Uwharries. It was my gray horse’s  first time ever riding off the farm and his first time on treacherous trails! Also his first time riding with so many horses, there were 7 of us and we met a lot of riders on the trails. I wasn’t sure how he would handle all the pressure but he seemed to have a great time and there were no problems.

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See you guys tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for February 4.

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I won’t be at the market next week but I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, sweet potatoes, butterball potatoes, wheat and since I’ve missed a few markets, we have some great specials on our delicious beef!

We still have the GB special, Buy 5 get 1 free PLUS cube steak, philly steak and NY Strip are 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  skirt, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, osso buco,  short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, shoulder roast and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

It looks like we are almost out of pastrami, corned beef and bologna so if you’re a fan I’ll be happy to hold some for you…so I don’t have to see the sad face.

Also, Shane increased the number of momma cows 2 years ago and while we were getting them re-tagged a few weeks ago we got a good count on the market-ready  and future market numbers, so now we are happy to finally be able to offer bulk discounts on wholes and halves of our beef – $3.50/lb hanging weight (not live weight) plus the cost of processing and $4/lb plus processing for a quarter. Right now hang weight is around 800 pounds for a whole.

I tried some new recipes while I was away, both really good – Fat-Busting Collard Green Soup, I think the name had Shane very skeptical that it could be delicious and it turned out to be totally delish, and Creamy French Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale .

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See you tomorrow :)

 

 

 

 

No market this week.

 

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I have family stuff going on. I’ll see you next week –

Market Stuff for January 14.

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Even though we didn’t get the 6″ we were promised, there was enough for sledding. We whipped each other around on a car hood behind the gator until we were frozen, then I had the bright idea to hit the hill in the horse pasture on the flying saucers. All fun and games until Shane’s sled hit a rough patch and stopped, and he kept going into a backward somersault landing on his head – then I went full speed on mine into a snow covered pointy rock that had Jill’s Kidney written all over it. After  the immobilizing pain subsided we  collected our sleds and made the walk of shame back to the gator bahaha! Snow day over.

I won’t be at the market next Saturday, but I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with  red russian kale, curly kale, swiss chard, Butterball potatoes, sweet potatoes and wheat.

We have a special on NY Strip this week, 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  skirt, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco,  short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, shoulder roast and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

We still have the ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 .

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The cows got new ear tags yesterday, the old ones were too faded to read. Lots of folks around here have cows and when we get a call in the middle of the night because someone’s cows are in the road, Shane  gets up and goes to see if they’re ours. So this time he used 2 different color ear tags to make the cows easy to identify. They’ve only made a break for it once since I’ve lived here.20170112_221103758_iOS

By the end of it he looked like a Waffle House hash brown. Smothered, covered, chunked and splattered. The ground is super soggy from the snow then rain.

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Easy grilled beef satay with philly steak! And spicy peanut (but with almond butter) sauce

I’ll see you guys tomorrow!

 

 

All the signs point to NO.

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It’s looking like a fantastic weekend to skip the market; if there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of any type of sledding then I’m definitely staying home anyway.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next Saturday!

Happy New Year!

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with  red russian kale, baby-ish (tweener?) size curly kale, beautiful chard, Butterball and Carola potatoes, sweet potatoes and wheat. This is the last crate of Carolas.

I’ll have our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  flanks, skirt, flat iron, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco,  short ribs, brisket, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

We still have the ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 .

I got a new book for Christmas called Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William. He’s a medical medium (you can read about him here if interested); I really like the book, and it has recipes – last night we made these Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Braised Cabbage and Lemon Ginger Sauce. They were really good! If you check out the link to the recipe (READ IIIIIT!), he talks about some of the insane things that sweet potatoes and the other ingredients will do for your health, like starving out the mold in your colon – whaaaaat?? Come on! Who can say no to that? Haha OH no thanks, I prefer a  moldy colon.

See you guys tomorrow!

Market Stuff for December 17.

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with beautiful chard, big arugula, Butterball and Carola potatoes, sweet potatoes and wheat. I will not be at the market on Christmas Eve. I’m pretty sure I’ll be there New Year’s Eve.

Tomorrow I’ll have our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, filets, sirloins,  flanks, skirt, flat iron, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco,  short ribs, brisket, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

We still have the ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 .

See you tomorrow!

 

The key to staying warm is 2 pants and 3 shirts.

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You’re coming tomorrow right?

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Get the big pants out and wear them over more pants and then we just need a hat, scarf and fleecey gloves. Twenty degrees, pffft.

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with Red Russian kale, chard, Butterball and Carola potatoes, sweet potatoes and wheat. Parsley. I have 3 teacups left!

I’ll have our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, filets, sirloins,  flanks, skirt, flat iron, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco,  short ribs, brisket, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

We still have the ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 .

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He wears overreach boots on the front or else he steps on his shoes with his back feet and pulls them off. So that’s why his front feet look weird here.

I do have actual photos of him from the front but they won’t load! GRRRRR!! Sitting in front of this computer every Friday comes in right under waterboarding. I’m getting a new one for Christmas because this one causes rage. My yoga teacher says it’s time to let go of things that no longer serve us :) The Spinning Rainbow Wheel of Death is not serving me and I’m pretty sure all this frustration is clogging up my chakras and stuff. She would not approve.

Have you ever made Osso Buco? The fancy (fancy meaning Italian haha) term for shank cross cut; maybe you’ve been thinking of trying it? I seared off  3 of them and put them in the crock pot on Sunday, over a layer of onions, the last of my uncle’s tomatoes, then put the potatoes and carrots on top so they wouldn’t turn to mush. Added a few cups of water, bay leaf, crushed garlic, thyme, smoked paprika and let them go all day.  Fall-apart good, and at $5.50/lb,  economical. The broth gelled just like when I make bone broth. Shanks have a marrow bone so the broth is super nutrient dense.

Ok, I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

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And then I put gluten in the brisket.

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I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving! I’m still righting all the wrongs…you?  My 2 aunties and uncle from Florida came, one makes pottery and my uncle farms. They brought tomatoes, cukes, peanuts, persimmons, cactus fruit, papayas, green beans  – can you believe that just 8 hours away they are growing all that stuff right now.  It was her birthday and she wanted barbacoa  so I smoked a brisket then put that baby in the crock pot with some lime juice, cumin and stuff and a bottle of BEER. Didn’t even give it a thought. Did I mention she CAN’T HAVE GLUTEN?? DRATS.

THEN on Thanksgiving Day after 3 glasses of champs I sliced off almost my whole entire fingernail chopping sage. Bloodbath!

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with a little baby curly kale and spinach, Red Russian kale, chard, pretty radishes, Butterball and Carola potatoes, sweet potatoes and wheat.

I’ll have our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, filets, sirloins,  flanks, skirt, flat iron, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco  short ribs, brisket, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

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Anyway my auntie makes all my dishes and stuff, and I love them and so I thought it would be really fun to have her make some teacups to put on my market table for Christmas presents (to ourselves?) to sell with my dried hibiscus and turmeric tea. RIGHT?!  So pretty. I’m bringing them tomorrow, they are $35 – $45 for the teacups with saucers. That’s just her price I didn’t add anything to it.  I only kept one so far…I seem to be amassing a collection of teacups and mugs, love them.

Seeeeee! Yes. It is big enough to wash your chihuahua in. That’s how we like it :)

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I finally broke out the good camera and have been lugging it on my walks in the mornings. I’m on the lookout for the raccoon family of 5.

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Fluffelupagus is getting lots of face time this week :)

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Where’s Waldo? Your frosty breath is giving you away silly!

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There she goes!  In a cloud of dust. Thank goodness we finally got some rain.

See  you guys tomorrow!

 

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