Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Month: May 2017

Market Stuff for May 27

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow til 1 with:

Cauliflower, green cabbage, a few tomatoes and cukes; nice big heads of fresh & uncured Susanville garlic – this is the last week I’ll have garlic straight out of the ground.  Susanville is a very flavorful variety that is also spicy.  Spring onion bunches; curly, rainbow and lacinato kale; sweet potatoes, wheat.

Fresh cut herbs: parsley, chives, sage, mint, basil, cutting celery, and purslane. I planted purslane this year even though it grows wild in my fields, because it’s an amazing plant! I juice it and put it in our smoothies. It has the highest omega 3 content of any land plant. Read about it here.

We have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin, flank, flat iron,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, boneless chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, short ribs, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones, and all natural hot dogs and bologna made with 100% Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.

Special on ground beef – Buy 5, get 1 free.

We’ll have beer brats, sliced corned beef and pastrami coming back soon!

We have bulk pricing on quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing

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Sweet potato slips are here. I really wish they were here about 3 weeks from now, when we didn’t just get 6 inches of rain. The best way I’ve found to hold them until I’m ready to plant is in these low tubs with potting mix. They’ll grow some roots, and when they’re set out they take off like crazy and shade out the weeds.

Ok they don’t really shade out the weeds.

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That happened. That’s the okra patch. Not a good look.

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We had our annual Animal Welfare Approved inspection this week. I think there are  around 200 points we have to meet. We were non-compliant on fecal sampling :) which has to be done yearly (I forgot) and it’s also time to get the pastures soil tested, I think that’s once every 3 years.  Gotta take some fresh poop to the lab! That’ll be Shane’s job. He could just scrape it off his hat. I don’t know how he gets so dirty.

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See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for May 20.

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow til 1 with:

Spring onion bunches; curly, rainbow and lacinato kale; fresh cut herbs, sweet potatoes, wheat. I’m hoping to have squash next week, then cabbage and potatoes the week after.

We have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin, skirt, flank, flat iron,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, boneless chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, short ribs, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones, and all natural hot dogs and bologna made with 100% Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.

We’re still doing the special on ground – Buy 5, get 1 free.

We’ll have beer brats, sliced corned beef and pastrami coming back soon!

We have bulk pricing on quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing.

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Those are some chubby butts.

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We finally got a rain-free week in the forecast so Shane has been working on the first cutting of alfalfa. That’s all he’s done since last weekend, from about 7am til anytime between 9:30 pm and midnight. As if he needed more to do, I was in Florida for 5 days visiting my aunt and uncle. She made a bunch of pottery for me so I absolutely HAD to go pick it up :) You know how it is.

Anyway they have a farm too and they’re in the middle of their season now, with tomatoes, peppers, and all the summer veggies plus every berry under the sun AND papayas (my favorite fruit of all time), mini bananas (what!) and they have pineapples, avocados, loquats and guavas coming in. Tropical Paradise. Fruit coma :)

All that amazing stuff on their farm and this is the only picture I took-

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We stopped at the beach on our way home.

Ok see you tomorrow!

 

 

Market Stuff for May 13 and Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Fresh out of the ground, uncured Tuscan garlic has delicious garlic flavor without being hot. I will only have the fresh Tuscan this week!

Have you ever spread roasted garlic on some warm crusty bread? No butter needed – roasted garlic is soft and buttery, mild and sweet. Check out How to Roast Garlic.

I roast my heads in a ceramic ramekin instead of wrapping them in foil. Hello Alzheimers! I do cover the ramekin with foil though and remember to check on it for optimal roastiness :)

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

Fresh garlic, spring onion bunches, mini cucumbers; curly, rainbow and lacinato kale, fresh cut herbs, sweet potatoes, wheat and eggs – free range, organic fed, soy free  eggs from my neighbor Carl (Carlea Farms). He goes to the Matthews market where his eggs sell out,  but isn’t going this week, his daughter is graduating from State. He has about 30 dozen eggs to sell.

We have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin, skirt, flank, flat iron,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, boneless chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, short ribs, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones, and all natural hot dogs and bologna made with 100% Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.

The ground beef special is back – buy 5, get 1 free.

Last week I forgot to put the boneless chucks on the truck (too busy complaining about it!) and then you came asking for them so I have them this week!! Sorry :(

 

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As I was digging the garlic, I heard swarms of bees in the asparagus bed beside me. Hundreds, it was super loud. Who thought there would be much pollen in the asparagus ferns? Last year I barely saw the first honeybee so I thought the world was going to starve. Plus the news said so.

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Potatoes are hilled up and looking good. Can’t wait to start digging! …Ok Lies. I dread digging potatoes but do love eating them!

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Onions, thumbs up.

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Cauliflower, thumbs up.

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Sweet corn, double thumbs down. In farming, the technical term for this is A CRAP – ASS STAND OF CORN. The day after I planted it we got hard driving rain and a hard crust formed on the clay soil. I guess that’s where the blame lies. So I didn’t bother to cultivate the weeds out and I’ll just till it up and put in a tricolor snap bean mix.

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See you tomorrow!!

Market Stuff for May 6.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Last year I was at a packed bar wearing a Mardi Gras-style beaded shot glass necklace drinking cheap margaritas garnished with limes that were all stamped with moustaches, yay!

This year I’m wrapped in an old lady sweater drinking tepid water while reheating a  2 day old sweet potato, boo. Anyway, did you know that tomorrow is World Naked Gardening Day? Hmmmm….worst idea ever?? On so many levels.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow til 1pm with:

Mini cucumbers; curly, rainbow and lacinato kale, rainbow chard, fresh cut herbs, sweet potatoes, wheat, and the last plants:  Greek oregano, lemon balm, tumbling tom container cherry tomato plants,  mini container  purple eggplant. Here’s a super awesome article about how to use lemon balm and WHY.

We’re all stocked up on our grass fed Angus beef, here is what we have: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin, skirt, flank, flat iron,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, short ribs, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones, and thanks to the processor screwing up in a whole new way, we now have bone-LESS chuck roasts. They are super creative there. If no one buys them I’ll send them to the Weeping Radish for pastrami.  All natural hot dogs and bologna made with 100% Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.

I don’t have any pictures. I don’t even know what I did this week. How is it Friday and what happened since last Saturday?? I know I made some delicious food, like lots and lots of basil pesto because the plants are off the chain! Have lots of cut basil for tomorrow. Also, this: Creamy Sweet Potato Noodles with Spinach and Cashew Sauce. I subbed basil for spinach. Made roasted sweet potatoes with leftover cashew sauce and pesto; roasted kale and tomato (tomatoes are coming in already!!)sandwiches on sprouted grain bread with cucumbers and feta and pesto and hummus AND I REALLY NEED a donut pan so I can make these Baked Sweet Potato Donuts with Dark Chocolate and Coconut.

That is all.

See you tomorrow.

P.S. Have some margaritas for me.

 

 

 

 

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