Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Month: February 2017

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 :)

 

 

 

 

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