Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Month: April 2019

Market Stuff for April 27.

Say goodbye to our beautiful cows.

Shane has sold about 1/5 of the herd and will be selling a majority of what’s left soon, just keeping a few. It’s not worthwhile anymore; the sales aren’t there. We’ve been talking about it for the past year. It’s a huge amount of energy, time and expense making hay and baleage to feed them, taking care of them, the fencing, the pastures… we have almost 100 acres devoted to pasture that could be producing actual income. It’s pretty sad and really a shame, knowing what kind of lives they have here, the quality of the food they produce, then just taking them to the auction. I know customers always wonder what happened when a farm stops showing up at the market, but if the market can’t support the farms, they leave. I don’t know what will happen with us this year, but we’ve been putting a lot more into this than we are getting out of it and we’re both ready for some balance.

Anyway I will be there tomorrow! And I will try to be more motivated than I am feeling right now. I AM kind of excited about going to the plant sale at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens afterward 🙂

 

SO: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market until 1 pm.

Eggs – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm.

Plants this week – thyme, oregano, cutting celery, sungold cherry and a mix of heirloom tomato plants in 4″ pots.

For veggies I have leeks, beets, collard greens, swiss chard, Red Russian kale and curly kale, parsley,  sage and chives bunches, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, ribeye,  NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.85/lb), and almost half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

 

See you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for April 20.

 

Hi! I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm and I’ll be back in my usual spot across the aisle, A16.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm

Beef specials this week – Briskets are 25% off and I found a recipe for crock pot BBQ brisket that looks similar to how I would make it in the crock pot, except as you know I’m way too high maintenance to use bottled sauce. Like my dad says, “Why do you have to be so difficult?” I don’t know, Dad, I don’t know. At this point it’s just a rhetorical question. No one knows. Also regardless of the recipe I slow-cook everything on high.

Plants this week – thyme, oregano, parsley, cutting celery and chives plus sungold cherry, red cherry and a mix of heirloom tomato plants including Bloody Butcher, Giant Green, Cherokee Purple, and more all in 4″ pots. I think there are also 2 container cherry plants in 4.5″ pots.

For veggies I have red oakleaf lettuce,  leeks,  beet greens, big, beautiful bunches of collard greens, swiss chard, Red Russian kale and curly kale, parsley,  sage and chives bunches, Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, ribeye,  NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

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

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for April 13.

Hi! I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm and I’ll be back in my usual spot across the aisle, A16.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm-

Beef specials this week – Brisket! We sold out of the short ribs that needed to go, but we still have briskets to move. Holy 25% OFF, Batman! They’re reasonable sizes, too, around 3#.

Potted plants this week- thyme, oregano, parsley, cutting celery and chives plus sungold cherry tomato plants and just a couple of Zarnitsa (a sturdy, heavy bearing and early – I’ll have more coming) and a dwarf indeterminate container cherry, also more of those coming. All in 4″ pots.

For veggies I have red oakleaf lettuce,  really pretty bunches of beet greens, big, beautiful bunches of collard greens, swiss chard, Red Russian kale and this pretty rainbow kale in the photo, parsley,  Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.

Any of the greens are delicious in the Pasta with Greens recipe on our Recipes page – I love it with Trader Joes Red Lentil Sedanini pasta. I made it tonight.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Filet, ribeye,  NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks (my fave for kabobs and steak tacos), skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

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

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for April 6.

Hi! I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm and I’ll be back in my usual spot across the aisle, A17.

I have eggs again this week – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm.

I have potted plants this week- parsley, cutting celery and chives in 4″ pots.

For veggies I have really pretty bunches of beet greens, big, beautiful bunches of collard greens and swiss chard, bunches of Siberian kale, parsley, and bags of Red Russian kale; leeks; Covington and Beauregard sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat, and I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:

Nice big NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks (my fave for kabobs and steak tacos), skirt, flap steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.

The ground beef special is back this weekend – Buy 5 lbs, get 1 lb free.

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

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

That is a sea of kale.

I was able to till (barely, some of it I couldn’t plant into it was still so mucky and tilling it just made a mess) and get 150 cabbage and broccoli transplants in, and we got the early fingerling potatoes planted. That was last night before today’s rain. Always rushing to beat the rain. We got early squash, cukes and tomatoes in the hoops last week but I’m out of space for indoor planting now. I still have a ton of transplants that need to go in, but until it dries up they’ll just be languishing in their flats.

I’ll have more potted herbs, edible flowers and veggie plants coming soon. See you tomorrow!

 

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