Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Month: August 2018

Market Stuff for August 18.

How many kinds of them are there!!!

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

just a few watermelons and lambkin melons, okra, potatoes: Carola & Huckleberry Gold,  sweet bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalepenos and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale.

We made these Grilled Chopped Garden Veggies with Garlic Toast last night and it was REALLY good, I added fairytale eggplants since I didn’t have any zucchini  – and I’m using the leftover basil vinaigrette for tomato basil pasta tonight.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts:

Ribeye, NY strip, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, liver, hot dogs and sliced pastrami made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

We have the special package buy again this weekend:  a sirloin tip roast,  cube steak, philly, and 2 lbs ground beef for $45 with a savings of over $5.

Ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 free.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Market Stuff for August 11.

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

Watermelons, lambkin melons, mini cukes, tomatoes, okra, potatoes: Carola & Huckleberry Gold.  Onions, a million sweet bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalepenos and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale.

We love to just slice the eggplant about 3/4″ thick, brush it with a little coconut oil, salt and pepper and grill it. Or top it with a slice of tomato and cheese, like an eggplant pizza.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts:

Ribeye, NY strip, flat iron and skirt steak, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, liver, hot dogs and sliced pastrami made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

We have the special package buy again this weekend:  a sirloin tip roast,  cube steak, philly, and 2 lbs ground beef for $45 with a savings of over $5.

Ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 free.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

Wendy has made these Beef and Blue Cheese Baked Sliders and said they’re really good. They look amazing.

Did you know you can freezer bell peppers? I cut them in thirds to get the core out and just put them in a freezer bag. I freeze jalepenos whole and chop or slice them later when I’m ready to use.

The okra patch. There I am!

Is that not a locust??

It’s a plague. And what are they doing, EWW. That’s your okra, people. Spray or no spray, always wash your vegetables!!

See you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for August 4.

I heart you 🙂

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

Hard red winter wheat! Instead of cleaning it ourselves, which we have been seriously dreading – it’s a HUGE pain and always causes lots of arguments (but also free),  we decided Shane would just take it to the seed cleaner that cleans his triticale.

BTW, the seed cleaner guy said our wheat looks a lot better than the other organic wheats he’s been running 🙂

Watermelons! This is the big week for watermelons but there will be more to pick when they’re ready. Tomatoes, okra, potatoes: German Butterball, Carola & Huckleberry Gold.  Onions, green bell peppers and red & orange mini bells, sweet banana peppers, jalepenos and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, Ribeye, NY strip, flank, flat iron and skirt steak, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, liver, and sliced pastrami made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

The first batch of hot dogs made at Piedmont Custom Meats in Asheboro are back! Made from our sirloin, eye of round, chuck and brisket (hells yeah!!) and this is the ingredient list: Sea Salt, Spices, Evaporated Cane Syrup, Paprika, Cherry Powder (Cherry Powder, Evaporated Cane Syrup), Onion Powder, Natural Flavor (Celery Powder, Sea Salt). I think the cherry powder is for color. We made them for dinner just now.

We have the special package buy again this weekend:  a sirloin tip roast,  cube steak, philly, and 2 lbs ground beef for $45 with a savings of over $5.

Ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 free.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

How do you know if your watermelon is ripe?

You don’t. You can’t.  The ripe ones and the unripe ones can look identical, even if they have the creamy yellow spot on the bottom. I’ve had ripe melons with no creamy yellow spot on the bottom. I’ve found the only way to know is by the Curly-Q where the stem attaches to the vine. The one above is not ripe, because the Curly-Q is still green.

This Curly-Q is dead so the melon should be ripe. But there’s no way to know the Curly-Q status of the melon once it’s picked 🙂 You have to rely on the picker. No amount of slapping, tapping, rolling or picking the melon up and putting it back down will tell you if it’s ripe. Even this isn’t 100% foolproof but it’s the best test I’ve found.

With all the rain, the veggies are growing huge. The colored mini bells are twice their size and the green bell peppers are jumbo. Good for stuffing Southwest style!

The  big boys are enjoying green pastures again, thanks to the rain.

Pappy is enjoying his melon rind.

Moo, however, cannot be bothered with my junky melon rind. He’s gotten a little uppity since he started wearing shoes. You can just barely see the bottom of the black shoe on his back foot there in the photo. I’ve already told you about his messed up feet…the shoes help a lot.

 

 

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