Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Month: October 2015

Scavenge your free radicals.

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Beet greens are one of the top rated veggies to do precisely this! Even scoring better than kale. There’s actually a scale to measure a food’s ability to neutralize free radicals, the ORAC scale.

Sweet potatoes and arugula are also veggies at the top of the list of scavengers and I happen to have all of these superfoods for the market tomorrow. Just sayin’. As we all know, free radicals are molecules that cause damage to our cells and our DNA,  leading to all sorts of diseases.

Beet greens are in the same family as chard and can be cooked the same way. I like to juice them.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow, with beet greens, arugula, kale, sweet potatoes, baby turmeric, onions, hard red winter wheat.

You know how to bake the most amazing, sweet, caramelized, silky smooth sweet potato, right? One hour with the oven on, then turn it off and leave them in there another hour.  I bake the BIG ones at 450 and the mediums at 350 or 400 depending on how medium they are.

Our Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Grassfed Angus beef: Beef Andouille sausage,  sliced pastrami, hot dogs, and corned beef all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco, short ribs, brisket, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flank, flat irons.

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FALL.

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I got about half of the garlic planted, in the rain.

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Calving season has begun!

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And hay season is OVER.

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I just liked it.

See you guys tomorrow!

The sweet potato crop: all the ways it could have gone better.

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1. If the deer didn’t eat all 1500 certified organic Covington slips we planted so perfectly at the first of June.

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2. If the deer didn’t also eat about a third of the additional 2000 certified organic Covington  slips I was super lucky to find in July, for replacements that we planted in front of our house to prevent deer from eating them.

3. If it didn’t rain 8″ at the precise time we needed to start harvesting the sweet potatoes.

4. If the skins weren’t so fragile that they just wipe off, from sitting in wet clay dirt for a month while we waited for it to dry up enough to get in the field with harvesting equipment. This means they won’t store well.

5. If the wet ground didn’t push the sweet potatoes upwards preventing us from mowing the vines off like usual so we could use the regular harvesting equipment that works great and makes a hard job less exhausting.

6. If the double plow thingy or the disc plow thing or the middle buster or ANY KIND OF PLOW THINGY we have would have worked well in the heavy wet clay so that we didn’t have to manually pull the vines. #fingerstothebone

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7. If I had more one dollar bills.

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Haha!

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with: some beautiful arugula, beet greens, purple broccoli greens, some kale, red radishes, baby turmeric with the leaves, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat. A customer texted me a picture of her turmeric leaf-wrapped fish on the grill! I gotta get some fish from Rodney tomorrow at the market.

Our Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Grassfed Angus beef: Beef Andouille sausage,  sliced pastrami, hot dogs, and corned beef all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco, short ribs, brisket, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flank, flat irons.

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Putting plastic over the back door of one of the hoop houses before the frost, to protect the turmeric and ginger.

See you guys tomorrow!!

Market Stuff 10/17/15

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The end of the eggplant, if it frosts.

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

baby turmeric, the last of the Khing Yai ginger, arugula, beet greens, sage, chives, radishes, the last of the potatoes, red & white onions, eggplant, purple broccoli greens, a little red russian kale, hard red winter wheat.

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

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One of the bulls peeking around the fence post. Those are his pretty girls. Lucky fellow!

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Gorgeous baby turmeric! It’s in the ginger family and is highly anti-inflammatory. My favorite way to use it is to grate  into broth with some ginger and garlic, a squeeze of lime, chopped cabbage and carrots and half an avocado. And sometimes those really thin rice noodles. A DELICIOUS lunch. The leaves can be used to wrap fish for steaming.

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a beautiful bed of purple sprouting broccoli in the hoop house

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I’m spinnin’the hits!! Ok… not the hits, just the beet greens.

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Bone-in chuck roasts, for beef stew with red wine and herbs.

See you tomorrow!

Sage leaves fried in butter.

Where have you been all my life?

Where have you been all my life?

But first: FLOODING!

The creek! We usually cross here.

The creek. We usually cross here.

The pasture! There's usually a fence here.

The pasture. There’s usually a fence here.

and HEARTBREAK!

There were 50 chard plants here.  WTF! (where's the food?)

There were 50 chard plants here.
WTF! (where’s the food?)

Now. Back to:

Crispy sage.

Crispy sage.

You bring the Blood Orange Bourbon Fizz.

I loved my weekend off. I baked this Rosemary Cornmeal Cake with Honey & Brown Butter Buttercream and that Country Apple Galette.

We went to the mall. I was looking for something in Aerie, and I noticed Shane wasn’t nearby. You know how people with kids always say, “WHERE are the kids?? It’s way too quiet they must be getting into trouble.” Yeah. So there he is,  and he says, “Smell me. I tried on all of the perfumes.” Haha! Then he was like, “Damn this stuff stinks! I thought it would smell good.” and trying to rub it off on his jeans. So all the way home he’s like, GAH! This STINKS! and wiping it off on me, on his jacket etc. and rolling down the windows, and carrying on and everything and  then he goes, WHERE’S A MUDHOLE AT!! Bahahaha.   Why’s it gotta be a mud hole – what about some soap?

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow, with:

Purple broccoli greens, gorgeous napa cabbage, beet greens, Khing Yai baby ginger, sage, chives, Carola and the last of the Butterball potatoes, white & red onions, eggplant, a little red kale, hard red winter wheat.

Our Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Grassfed Angus beef: Beef Andouille sausage,  sliced pastrami, hot dogs, and corned beef all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco, short ribs, brisket, liver, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flat irons.

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Folks always ask what to do with the napa cabbage. I like it for salads, because it’s not tough like regular cabbage and not limp like lettuce. I’ve made this Napa Asian salad twice, with sweet peppers, radishes, red onion, carrot, and the dressing is delicious.

I’ve made two big pots of cabbage, potato and sausage soup, and Wendy makes these pork and napa cabbage wonton things, you’ll have to ask her about those.  See you tomorrow!

 

No market this week.

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I won’t be at the market tomorrow. Very excited to have a weekend off! I’ll be back next week with lots of beautiful fall veggies like Napa cabbage, beet greens, fresh turmeric, radishes, and lots more.

Have a great weekend!

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