Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Month: March 2017

Market Stuff for March 25.

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This is what I’ve been doing, digging out chard plants with a shovel, piling them up, throwing them in the gator and feeding them to Moo and the lambs.

Usually Shane’s helper does this but for some reason that defies any logic I’m doing it myself. So I’m behind on transplanting onions (well mostly that’s thanks to the rain we got), potatoes and was behind in the greenhouse until my sister came and helped me knock that out this week.

As I empty out the rows I put in tomatoes.  At this rate all the tomatoes should be in by the end of next week!

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until around 11. We are restocked on all beef cuts! And we have one quarter available as a bulk purchase too.

I’ll have our grass fed Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin, flat iron, flank, skirt, huge beautiful briskets, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, short ribs, osso bucco,. No soup bones, I requested them but the processor didn’t save them.

Shane wants to do the ground beef special again – buy 5 get 1 pound free.

We still have some beef left from the winter processing and that will be on sale at 20% off until it’s gone: ribeye, strip, sirloin, cube, philly, stew. That’s a fantastic deal on nice steaks (you should see those ribeyes) and even better on stew beef –at $5.20 lb!!

I’ll have lots of beautiful kale in these varieties: curly, Red Russian, lacinato, and rainbow lacinato. Collards, chard, sweet potatoes, wheat and PLANTS!!!

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I’m so excited to start bringing plants. I love growing potted plants!!

This week I have these gorgeous cutting celery plants and parsley plants in 4″ pots for $4.

Cutting celery is actually an herb that is used the same as celery, except that it is super easy to grow (unlike celery), is very abundant, lasts all season and tastes amazing, like celery but with even more celery flavor. It lasts into winter and gets even better when the weather turns cold. Potato salad, juicing, soups, tuna salad…so many uses.

And parsley – remember I told you about the book I got called Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods? He says this about parsley (I drastically shortened/paraphrased it):

* whenever parsley is sold, it should come with a sign that says, ‘Fights acidosis more than anything else.’ Normally alkalizing foods only have the ability to promote alkalinity in one or two body systems…parsley can alkalize the entire body across the board.

*it is an all purpose pathogen & bacteria fighter

* it has great chelation effect that pulls out stores of herbicides and pesticides that you never knew you were hiding

*it’s a highly remineralizing food with an adaptogenic nature and will to survive that it passes on to us when we eat it. * I can vouch for that as my parsley from last fall is still growing after the whole winter without any protection.*

I’ve already set my cutting celery and spring parsley plants out as they are pretty hardy. Next week I’ll have these again plus dill, thyme and some cinnamon basil plants and I have some nice big tomato plants available if anyone is planting inside a protected area (let me know).

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Just moments away from cucumbers!

See you tomorrow <3

Market Stuff for March 18.

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That’s my pony. He used to give lessons to kids back in the day. I’m pretty sure he misses all the attention. One time I left his gate open and he went into the tack room and ate a 3 pound bag of apples including the bag. I said, well it was nice knowing you because I can’t afford the surgery to have that plastic bag unentangled from your intestines and I’m sure you’re going to colic and die a tragic, senseless death now. A couple days later I saw that the apple bag had left the building haha! No harm done.

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

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, liver, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

We have meat coming back from the processor soon  so we would love to offer 20% off on all steaks tomorrow!

Ribeyes, NY Strip and sirloins are 20% off – also we will have one more beef quarter available at the bulk price of $3.50/lb plus processing.

I have onion plants available – it’s time to plant now!

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Four varieties: sweet, red, yellow storage and red storage. There are approximately 100 plants to a flat which will plant a 36′ row. They’re $22/flat or $5/6 pack (appx 18 onions – plants a 6′ row). If you’re interested please text me at 704.699.2208 to let me know what you’d like. I’ll start planting this week and if no one wants any I’ll plant them all :)

I’m still using my onions from last July, stored in the fridge drawer. I also still have 3 quarts of chopped onions in the freezer so it really pays to grow your own!

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Wasn’t the snow so beautiful!

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I’m super busy in the greenhouse. All the herbs and tomatoes need potting up into 4″ pots.

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I start the thyme in these plug flats, because the seed is invisible. The seeds come, and you open the envelope and you’re like, Where are the seeds?

You just have to believe.

Just sprinkle on the imaginary seeds; they can’t be covered because they are light-dependant germinators. When they’re ready I pot them up, 3 plugs to a pot.

I’ve been loving the carrots and beets! This is the last week for mine. I rarely grow carrots and I’m so happy to have them now. Have you tried making nori rolls?

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SO GOOD.

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Grated raw carrots and beets, avocado and cilantro or mint. BTW I ate my whole cilantro bowl in 2 days – SO SAD.

You just spread a little rice on a nori sheet and add toppings. You really don’t have to have a sushi rolling mat thing but it makes it a lot easier. YouTube has lots of videos :)

Ok, I’ll see you tomorrow! For the first time all winter, Saturday is not going to be the coldest day of the week.

Market Stuff for March 11.

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Hello baby dill :)

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

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, liver, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

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I made something super delish, which I copied from a restaurant. It’s potatoes and carrots roasted with a little oil ( I use coconut oil) smoked paprika, salt, pepper, ground coriander AND KALE. You roast the potatoes and carrots at 400  til almost done then add torn kale tossed in a little oil – roast 15 ish more minutes. The kale gets little crispy edges and it’s out of control. Then when it’s done roasting you toss it with olive oil, the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon plus the finely grated rind and a clove of finely grated garlic. The lemon KILLS IT. So good.

So right now I’m clearing out one of the hoop houses to plant tomatoes-a huge job. Chard roots have to be dug out of the ground, they’re so massive and there are 4 rows of that alone. I’ll have beets and carrots for this week and next week, then they’ll be gone and the only things left to clear out of that hoop are red Russian kale and chard but I’ll still have those in limited amounts from the other hoop for a couple months. Also in the other hoop are the curly kale, toscano kale and collards.

We’ll have beef back from the processor for March 25 market, and we took an extra one since 2 people ordered quarters, so if anyone is interested in a quarter or half, there will be one available.

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Cilantro bowl, an experiment. You know how if you buy a cilantro plant and transplant it, it bolts almost immediately? Or even if you grow it from seed which seems to take aeons, then you only get to pick it like 3 times and it’s bolting. So I saw this on pinterest (eyeroll) where you plant it thickly then keep trimming the tops off while it’s still baby size so you have a constant supply and allegedly it won’t bolt.

I’ll keep you posted on the riveting developments :) See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for March 4!

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How is it already March??

I don’t have any vegetable photos this week it’s just HORSES ALL DAY.

I left Sunday for the mountains with my sister and our horses for her birthday and came back Wednesday and so there was plenty of time for horse pics while I was away.

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

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, liver, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

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Caratacus worked so hard on the steep mountain trails (couldn’t take pictures on the steep ones, was holding on for dear life)!

After 8 years of having an unpronounceable name, I’m just going with Carats (like carrots) because of all the explaining.

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It was his first time away from home overnight. He was not loving his stall whatsoever and didn’t touch his hay or water the first night. He circled and whinnied and lost about 50 pounds by the time we loaded up to come home on Wednesday. His stall looked like it got hit by a poop-nado.

He got enough carrots and Stud Muffins for about 4 horses though, so he didn’t completely starve.

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Definitely sending out a jailbird vibe :(

He would eat hay if I was in his stall, so I sat down on a hay flake and edited my photos. He would take a bite of hay and then stand over me chewing, dropping loads of hay in my hair and down my shirt – itchy! I scooted over away from the hay rack but he’d just walk over and chew over my head again :) So needy.

Shane was in charge of the greenhouse while I was gone, it’s packed with all the baby plants for my livelihood this growing season…no pressure! He also had to do all my chores: feeding the horses twice a day, the chickens, dogs, cats and the hoop houses. He did a great job.

If he and I ever want to go away together, my sister has to be in charge of all that stuff for me. So needy.

I hope you’re coming tomorrow, dress warm!

 

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