I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market tomorrow with: sweet peppers & jalepenos, 3 kinds of eggplant, okra, garlic, potatoes: German Butterball, Peppermint, Huckleberry Gold, Carola bakers; cipollini, red & yellow onions; wheat berries.
Have you made eggplant pizzas yet? Eggplant slices topped with pizza sauce, cheese, oregano, tomatoes, pepperoni or whatever you like then broil. Like these.
Our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, filets, sirloins, skirt, flat irons, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco short ribs, brisket, soup bones (BOGO 50% off), liver, sirloin tip roasts, eye of round and bone-in chuck roasts, and bologna, pastrami, corned beef, hot dogs made from 100% grass fed beef without any nitrates/nitrites.
OK. So the most exciting thing ever (this week) is that a customer told me about the scandalous article in Charlotte Magazine about our Farmers Market, and Wendy found it online here, but nevermind everything else GUESS WHOSE TOMATOES are on 2 pages. Yep that’s right (doing my centerfold tomatoes dance).
Back to business:
It won’t be long before these chestnuts will be ready for roasting on an open fire! Sooo…..just leaving them outside while you seek shelter. Last year I had them at market second week of September.
WOW! Hello millet cover crop! If I knew you could drown out spiny pigweed like a BOSS my life would be so much different right now. Planted August 2, three weeks later it’s over 2′ high. Shazaaaam. That 5′ high pigweed you see in the distance is in the sweet potatoes.
Last weekend Shane weaned last year’s babies – these guys, born Octoberish. I had the dogs when I went by on the Gator so they all ran over to see (strangely obsessed with the dogs) and I got some pics. When I left they all ran back to the trees, kicking up their heels with tails in the air.
Can’t really tell they’re running here but it was super cute watching.
I know I already showed you this but it’s the coolest thing I’ve done all year. Hibiscus roselles for tea. One of our customers is from Jamaica where it grows, and she said to take out the seed pod before drying or making tea so this is the roselles and the seed pods which are slimy like okra seeds. I’m not sure if this is the right way to cut them out but I’m lacking any guidance here.
The plants look just like okra too! And grow like weeds. So easy to grow. Any pods below a blossom are for harvesting and the ones above the blossom will bloom then when the flowers fall, that’s when you harvest it. Next spring I’m going to grow hibiscus plants to sell. So easy and beautiful, I’m in love with them therefore everyone else must have one too.
They say hibiscus tea is good for treating high blood pressure. I can say with 100% certainty that it lowered my blood pressure. You know how I was saying I always have dizziness in the summer from low blood pressure caused by dehydration? So a few summers ago I was making a lot of <store bought> hibiscus tea (tired of plain water) and I started getting so horribly dizzy, I couldn’t walk straight, like almost falling down dizzy. Falling sideways into walls dizzy. I thought well it’s not really organic then because I sometimes have reactions to chemical stuff. Stopped drinking the tea and the dizziness returned to the normal level. I didn’t know that it was lowering my blood pressure even more. So I haven’t tried my homegrown hibiscus tea yet, just drying all my pods – for hot tea in the winter when I’m not dehydrated. Can’t wait!!
So if you have high blood pressure, it might work for you (it’s also super delicious tea).
We just ran three miles then our person strong-armed us into sitting still so we are refusing to look at her.
See you guys tomorrow!!