Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

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Market Stuff for 9/22.

 

Tea hibiscus. The massive plants got pushed over by the rain we had from Florence but they’re doing ok.

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

chestnuts, hibiscus roselles (for tea), Carola & Huckleberry Gold potatoes, sweet bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalepenos, Tobago seasoning peppers and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale, hard red winter wheat, sweet potatoes.

Chestnuts are here! I wish ALL vegetables and fruits grew inside a treacherously spiny hull like that.

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

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

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)

This recipe for hibiscus lemonade arrived in my inbox just yesterday, from Anthony William. He says that hibiscus has antioxidant properties similar to those in red wine. Who knew?

4 cups water, divided
2 teaspoons dried hibiscus
½ cup fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup

Directions:
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove the water from the heat and add the dried hibiscus. Allow the resulting hibiscus tea to steep for at least 10 minutes, and then strain the tea into a mug and place it in the fridge to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 3 cups of water with the lemon juice and honey until the honey has completely dissolved and a smooth lemonade has formed. When the hibiscus tea has cooled, stir it into the lemonade base and enjoy! For a more medicinal tea, double the amount of hibiscus.

He also says it can be frozen into ice cubes to add your water anytime-awesome idea.

Chestnuts – how to roast! Here is a link to some really cool info on roasting that I wasn’t aware of, but all that aside, simply score the flat side with an “X”, spread onto a sheet pan and roast at 350 for 20 to 40 minutes or until the kitchen smells amazing and the shells are curling up at the X. They will mostly just pop out of the shell when you break them, although sometimes there is still shell attached which can be eliminated according to the info in the link.

AND I made something so delicious while we were in the house during Florence. Sweet Potato Hot Fudge Cake. Fudgy cake that’s not too sweet and makes it’s own hot fudgy sauce.  Holy bleep. So good. We killed it in one night and it was amazing, except it has coffee and cocoa so I was up til 2 am, sigh. Definitely a keeper though.

So this is the creek on Saturday morning (I really REALLY enjoyed my day off, BTW 🙂 Note the height of the banks.

And here it is Sunday evening. Completely overran the banks and flooded the woods and the road to the creek. You can’t even see the creek from here, it’s several hundred yards up the road. That little speck beside Shane is Bug, she loves to swim. Yep, she’s swimming.

Flooding across another road…

By Monday morning it was all gone and we just had a couple trees down and no damage, if you don’t count the waterlogged brussels sprouts that are now dying. I count them.

Cleaning out the tomato hoop, one of my least favorite things to do… every season is always my favorite when it gets here, but the weeks that drag on and on during the end of summer are always my least favorite time of year. And tomorrow is the first day of fall!! Woohoo!! I’ll see you then 🙂

No market for me tomorrow 9/15.

Hoping everyone makes it through the storm safe and sound. See you next week <3

Market Stuff for September 8.

… the only photo we could come up with between the 2 of us.

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

Carola & Huckleberry Gold potatoes, sweet bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalepenos, Tobago seasoning peppers and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale, hard red winter wheat, sweet potatoes.

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

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

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)

At long last, I made CRISPY sweet potato fries from the oven. It’s true. I tried out the recipe the other night, and chimichurri to dip them in. I love baked sweet potato fries but I always wished they were more crisp. I substituted arrowroot powder for the cornstarch in the recipe.

I’ll see you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for 9/1.

When sunflowers start putting on seed, their heads get to be too heavy to hold up.

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

okra, potatoes: Carola & Huckleberry Gold,  sweet bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalepenos, Tobago seasoning peppers and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale, hard red winter wheat, sweet potatoes and I’m bringing some fresh stevia, although I’ve never put it in the cooler before so I don’t know how it will fare…

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

NY strip, sirloin steak, skirt, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, oxtail, 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 some nice size briskets, around 3 lbs. I’ve made this brisket recipe many times, and it’s one of my favorites for company since it’s easy and always turns out delicious.

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)

I found a new sweet potato recipe: Pan Griddled Sweet Potatoes with Miso Ginger Sauce. It was really good, and the sauce would be delicious with lots of other things. If you haven’t tried miso, it’s a fermented food, and there are all different kinds. I like the chickpea miso and I get it at Earthfare, and it’s made in Asheville!

I’ve been drying the marigold heads for tea and infused oil. This variety of marigold (the same ones I sold as plants in the spring) has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Hibiscus starting to put on roselles. Tea time!!

Speaking of tea time, the stevia plant is looking like major shrubbery. Stevia is an herb that is super sweet and has no calories. I’ve already dried a ton of it so I’ll bring some tomorrow, it’s fantastic for sweetening smoothies or tea, like hibiscus tea which is very tart. Just lay it out to dry, store in glass jar, and just steep it with tea. It’s a great sweetener for diabetics because it isn’t metabolized by the body.

Square baling alfalfa. And round baling alfalfa. And square baling orchard grass. And round baling orchard grass. Ugh. I don’t know how he does it. I’d go bonkers.

Curious Georges! As if they don’t see a Gator about 10 times a day 🙂

See you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for August 25.

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

a few lambkin melons, some cherry tomatoes, okra, potatoes: Carola & Huckleberry Gold,  sweet bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalepenos, Tobago seasoning peppers and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale, and my hard red winter wheat. Next week: sweet potatoes!! Not too far away: chestnuts!!!

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

NY strip, sirloin steak, skirt, 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)

One row of sweet potatoes dug. On the left is the rest of the sweet potatoes (and weeds) and on the right is my sorghum sudangrass cover crop, which is supposed to be excellent for heavy clay soil because of the massive amount of organic matter it generates. We will see.

So, sweet bell peppers. Are you eating enough? Because I feel like enough I’m not selling enough 🙂 Unless some other farmer has more delicious ones and you’re going over there…anyway, did you know that red, yellow and orange peppers have 3 x the Vitamin C as oranges? That they can help prevent blood clot formation and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes? That they are an excellent source of potassium, folate, lycopene and beta carotene, are highly beneficial for the brain and have anti cancer compounds?? Delicious for snacking on while making dinner, eating dinner and also while thinking about dinner.

Easy stuffed  peppers – no cooking! -Cut the bell peppers in half and take out the seeds. Pulse these ingredients in the food processor: a can of chickpeas drained, 1/4 c mayo, 1 Tb apple cider vinegar, a small dollop of mustard, 1 tsp sea salt and some hot pepper if you like –  until it’s a nice salady consistency, and stuff your fresh pepper halves with it. Delicious and SO MUCH FIBER 🙂

And a dip recipe for okra. For after you roast it on the grill or in the oven. Also delicious on grilled eggplant!

There are the most adorable tiny tree frogs in the okra. This one is bigger, but lots of them are so tiny, like the size of a ladybug! So cute. I’m feeling concerned about his little hip bones sticking out…

See you tomorrow!

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.

 

 

Market Stuff for July 28.

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

tomatoes, okra, German Butterball & Huckleberry Gold potatoes,  onions, green peppers, sweet banana peppers 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. We should have the new dogs by next weekend.

We’re having a special package deal this weekend: a sirloin tip roast, a cube steak, a 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.

Sunflowers!

The creek is running again 🙂 SO thankful for the rain. So  it’s not dry anymore…but the grasshoppers! They ate all the winter squash and pumpkin plants as soon as they came up in the garden, so I can forget about having any of those. Does that qualify as a scourge? I have the new crop of cucumbers and summer squash covered with insect fabric, and fall transplants still in the trays under insect barrier fabric but I’m not sure about covering the whole fall crop after I set them out. I’m stalling, so now I’ve got my napa cabbages potted up into 4″ pots until I can figure something out. Ugh. It’ll work out somehow, or it won’t…

I was thinking of trying this for dinner tonight – but we were lazy and just made grilled eggplant instead: Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Gratin.  Looks delicious!

See you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for July21.

 

I expect to keep having tomatoes for a few weeks, but I’m pretty sure tomorrow will be the last day of lots of tomatoes.

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

tomatoes: Brandywine, Giant Belgium (lots), Azoychka Russian, Giant Green (lots), Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Kellogg’s Breakfast (lots), Long Tom, Bloody Butcher, Limmony, Aunt Ruby’s. A few cherry tomatoes.

Okra (finally! I didn’t do my early planting this year and I miss it!), German Butterball & Huckleberry Gold potatoes,  green peppers, sweet banana peppers and 3 kinds of eggplant: purple, Rosa Bianca Italian and mini fairytale. I won’t have cukes again for another week or 2, same for squash.

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.

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.

Shane took meat to the new hot dog maker today so maybe we’ll have some dogs for next weekend!

I haven’t made this yet, but I’m going to as soon as the banana peppers start going crazy. Right now I only have enough for you 🙂

Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers – except I don’t heat the brine with any kind of refrigerator pickles. I use Bragg’s unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in my pickled veggies, for the wonderful health benefits, and heating it would ruin all that. I think I might try a grape leaf in the jar, too. Folks say it keeps stuff crisper.

See you tomorrow!

 

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