Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Month: July 2017

Market Stuff for July 29.

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Off with their heads! In my most diabolical voice.

I’ll  be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow – it’s going to be in the 80s!!!!!!! until 1 pm with:

Tomatoes & cherry tomato mix, lots of sweet peppers, okra, 4 kinds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, a variety of eggplant, wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, sirloin,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones.

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), beer brats-these are quarter pounders, sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna.  Made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

Ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 free, and a special on  cube steak and stew beef – 20% off.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing

I don’t have any news. Just a lot of sweating. Endless weeding. Not my favorite time of year. Why wasn’t I born rich instead of so damn good looking?  Well I did find my lost rake :)

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Hahahaaaa.

Heaving mountains of morning glories out of the hoop house to get it ready for fall crops, I uncovered it. Soooo…that’s all my news.

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Cow tongues are so rough. They’ll take your skin off. I almost lost my right eye and ear once when he was trying to eat my hair…I think it reminds him of being bottle fed as a baby calf since he was an orphan, and I took care of him, and my hair somehow reminds him of food.  I can’t believe he’s almost 10 years old! He’s just a big baby.

See you tomorrow :)

 

 

 

Market Stuff for July 22.

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

Tomatoes – Brandywine, Giant Belgium, Limmony, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Cherokee Purple,  Green Giant, Black Krim, Long Tom romas, American Original Beefsteak, Bloody Butchers and cherry tomatoes.

Lots of sweet peppers, 4 kinds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, red & sweet onions, a variety of eggplant, wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: filet, skirt, flat iron, ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, sirloin,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones.

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), beer brats-these are quarter pounders, sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna.  Made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

Ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 free, and a special on  cube steak and stew beef – 20% off.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing.

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The sunflowers are making seeds!

They really need some rain or they look like they might fall over – the heads are so heavy.

I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

 

Market Stuff for July 15.

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Romas are really abundant this week. Making sauce or soup? I’m your girl.  Customers say this variety is really good. Who doesn’t love a Long Tom??

It’s a great week to come to the market because I’ll have some samples of different varieties. I have double the amount of tomatoes I had last week so it’s time to set out the magically delicious samples for customers that haven’t tried them yet :)

My tomato season is usually pretty short because it is 20 degrees hotter in the hoop house than outside and in that kind of heat stress they drop their blossoms.

It took 6 hours to pick them today. In the hoop it was about 100 degrees.  These are so thin skinned and delicate, there’s no just jerking them off the vine and tossing them in boxes. Each one has to be cut from the vine with nippers and placed single layer in crates with padding.

The hoop house has even more to offer: fire ants, and the spiders, hello FACEWEB, and worms…if you’ve never had a tomato patch, you can’t begin imagine how much giant worms poop. Anyway the funny part is I tore the ass out of my pants hahahahaaaaaaa  sitting on my little metal tomato cart trying to reach the low ones without kneeling in the fire ants. Maaan, it was a rough day :)

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

Tomatoes – Brandywine, Giant Belgium, Azoychka Russian, Limmony, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Cherokee Purple, Aunt Ruby’s German Green,  Green Giant, Black Krim, Long Tom romas, American Original Beefsteak, Bloody Butchers and cherry tomatoes.

Cukes, sweet peppers, tomatillos, savoy cabbage, 4 kinds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, red & sweet onions, a variety of eggplant, wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: filet, flank, skirt, flat iron, ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, sirloin,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, boneless chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, short ribs, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones.

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), beer brats-these are quarter pounders, sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna.  Made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

Ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 free, and a special on  cube steak and stew beef – 20% off.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing.

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Trickery! All you see is the  bold web in the center with a monstrous spider on it  – not the very fine almost invisible bigger web around it that snares the unsuspecting insects and Jill.

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Oh wait! I have a recipe. It’s so good and you just throw all the stuff in the blender. Takes 5 minutes. It makes delicious gazpacho from fresh tomatoes in the summer and it makes awesome hot soup in the winter from frozen tomatoes. One quart freezer bag packed full is the right amount of tomatoes for a batch of this soup. It has so much flavor, has super healthy ingredients and I make it with only the Giant Belgiums or Brandywines for the most amazing flavor.

This is Natalia Rose’s recipe, it’s been a favorite for many years.

Into the blender:

6 cups tomatoes, halved, including skin and seeds; 1/2 to 1 c packed fresh basil; 1/4 c apple cider vinegar; 2 T olive oil; 1 t soy sauce; 1 clove garlic; 1-2 t Spike seasoning (I’ve never added this).

Blend all of that. Salt and pepper to taste. I top it with a chopped avocado, or you could use fresh corn kernels or whatever. That’s it! Then if you want it hot, obviously just pour it into a pot.

I’ll see you tomorrow! If anyone has a fantastic recipe for the most delicious tomato pie, I’d love to try it. I made one a long time ago but lost the recipe.

One last thing, I found this post from Anthony William:

“Heirloom Tomatoes are a summer’s treat that are rich in vitamins C, K, A, and B-complex, as well as potassium, chromium, biotin, and beta carotene. This amazing array of nutrition makes heirloom tomatoes excellent for helping to nourish the adrenal glands, reduce stress damage, build the immune system, lower blood pressure, protect against skin damage, improve cardiovascular health, and strengthen bones. Heirloom tomatoes are also an excellent source of lycopene, a super-antioxidant, which is known to help prevent breast, pancreatic, intestinal, bladder, cervical, colorectal, lung, skin, endometrial, and prostate cancers. Heirloom tomatoes also are known to aid in the digestion of dense proteins, assist in dissolving gallstones, and purify the blood making them highly beneficial for your digestive tract and lymphatic system. Heirloom Tomatoes are often sweet and savory and at this time of year they can be found abundantly at your local farmers markets or in your backyard/patio garden. Have fun tasting all the different varieties and enjoying each unique and delicious flavor profile.”

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Shane says hello from alfalfaland.

<3

 

 

Market Stuff for July 8.

 

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Frozen Bloody Butchers – 2 gallons so far. They’re so easy to throw in the crock pot with a roast, or into the soup pot or whatever. I just wash them and freeze in bags, and then take out as many as I need.

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

Tomatoes – Brandywine, Giant Belgium, Azoychka Russian, Limmony, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Cherokee Purple, Aunt Ruby’s German Green,  Green Giant, Black Krim, romas, American Original Beefsteak, Bloody Butchers and cherry tomatoes.

Cukes, tomatillos, savoy cabbage, 4 kinds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, red & sweet onions, a variety of eggplant, green peppers.

Lots of customers ask about what to do with tomatillos. These are the 2 favorite things I make with them: Smoky Tomatillo Salsa and Chili Verde. I went my whole life thinking green chili would be weird, man I was missing out.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: filet, flank, skirt, flat iron, ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, sirloin,  brisket, eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, boneless chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, short ribs, liver,  osso bucco, bags of soup bones.

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), beer brats-these are quarter pounders, sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna.  Made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

Ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 free, and a special on  cube steak and stew beef – 20% off.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing.

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Last week after reading that post on potatoes (that I copied into the newsletter) I tried steaming them for my potato salad, instead of boiling. Wow. I’ll never boil again. So much more tender and melt-in-yo-mouth.

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The new potato “lifter” – like BUTTER!  Remember we used to have the Junior Johnson potato digger?  We’re still finding parts of that in the field. The last 2 years I tortured myself with a middle buster.

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See you tomorrow!

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