Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Author: Poplin Farms (page 1 of 15)

Market Stuff for May 26.

Look at me go! Well, I had to stop and get off to take the pic. Insert Jill on tractor, cheering to herself, “RAAAAA! AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!”

I spent today digging potatoes and garlic 🙂

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

I have tender, red skinned early potatoes and baby Red Thumb Fingerlings. ALSO…freshly dug garlic, uncured, in 4 varieties: Tuscan, Ichelium Red, Thai Purple and Chet’s Italian. There was a big snafu in the fall at garlic planting time, when Pappy Lamb wandered over and dumped out/mixed up all my bags of garlic seed, but I’ve been able to sort them out based on color and whether they are softneck or hardneck, etc. I’m bringing my whole crop besides what I have saved for seed, and except for the Susanville variety (for next week) so bring your garlic money!! Garlic is easy to cure. Just hang it up in a shady spot for 2 weeks.

I also have my first cucumbers + green curly kale, red curly kale and rainbow lacinato.

The Chet’s Italian garlic variety is said to have been discovered by “Chet” in a feral garden in Washington….uhhhh…that sounds to me like it was an organic farmer’s current season garden, upon which he trespassed and stole the garlic then named it after himself. I’m just sayin’, mine and certain other organic farmers that I know have had some pretty feral looking garlic patches 🙂 And if Chet happened upon mine before today, I’m sure he’d abscond with the fruits of my labor while feeling fully righteous about his thievery.

We’re all stocked up on beef cuts for your holiday cookouts! And if you’re not grilling, we have some beautiful briskets for smoking, or roasts for making pulled BBQ beef sandwiches on big fluffy buns (who doesn’t love a bulky hahaaaaaa) I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef:

Filet, Ribeye, NY strip, skirt steak, sirloin steak, flank, flat iron, skirt, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, shoulder roast, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, liver, oxtail, andouille sausage, quarter pound hot dogs, 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.

The wheat is headed out and starting to turn! Won’t be long til we hit the Amber Waves stage. That’s a science term, people. The tall stuff standing up over the wheat is rye, I’ve used it as a cover crop in the past and apparently there is still some seed in the ground. It’s not much, but it happens. Hopefully no one will mind.

I had to test some out to make sure they were amazing or above 🙂

See you tomorrow <3

Market Stuff for May 19.

There was some serious hay baling going on this week.

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

I have green onions & baby leeks, the last of the red and gold beets, chard, lots of kale – curly, red and rainbow lacinato, mint bunches.

Our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts:

Ribeyes, NY strip, skirt steak, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, shoulder roast, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, andouille sausage, quarter pound hot dogs, and sliced pastrami made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites.

There’s a place in Asheboro that makes hot dogs, since we can’t get them from the Radish anymore and if I can print the ingredient list I’ll bring it tomorrow and you guys can let me know if you want them.

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.

Square bale insanity!!   Thirty acres of this. I didn’t take these pics, and I was able to avoid the madness since I was dealing with my own stuff.  I was bush hogging and tilling and laying plastic and setting out transplants like crazy to beat the rain while Shane and 2 more were baling and trying to get it hauled in before it got wet. They ended up having to stack up in the field what they couldn’t get in the barn and cover it with a tarp. The rest of it got rained on and I think it went to those boys’ cows.

I got drenched finishing the transplants and he came home sopping wet from the hay field, and now I’m just glad it’s over.

Time for a trim!

See you tomorrow 🙂

Happy Mothers’ Day!! Market Stuff for May 12.

It won’t be long now!!! (those are fingerling potatoes BTW)

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

I have some green onions and baby leeks, kale raab, orange carrots, curly kale, a new red kale that’s mild and delish, chard, red and gold beets.

Garden plants in 4″ pots:  cutting celery

Our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts:

Ribeyes, NY strip, skirt steak, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, shoulder roast, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, and the last of the andouille sausage, hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

The tomato plants look amazing, picture doesn’t do them justice. I had to put out about 4 gallons of diatomaceous earth at the base of the plants and the stem because fire ants were destroying them.

This is an odd thing, I haven’t researched it but I have a few plants that are terminating in a giant flower. I mean, the plant can’t get any taller because the main stem/leader is terminating in a mass of fused blossoms that will make the most humongous tomato ever.

See – several flower branches are fused together to make 1 big blossom > tomato, and this is the top of the plant. I’ve never seen this before and now I have multiple plants doing this. I was going to pull it up but I want to see if we can get a tomato of epic proportions. More epic than the epic ones up to this point 🙂

See you tomorrow!!

 

 

Market Stuff for May 5.

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

I have some asparagus, kale raab, plenty of curly kale & chard, lots of red and gold beets.

Garden plants in 4″ pots: a variety of heirloom tomato plants & cherry tomatoes, red roselle hibiscus (for tea), cutting celery, edible flowers, chamomile, parsley,  oregano, thyme and 1 sage.

Our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts:

Ribeyes, NY strip, skirt steak, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, shoulder roast, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, liver, and the last of the andouille sausage, hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

Since tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo AND the Kentucky Derby, will it call for what may be the most beautiful taco salad ever, or these Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs???

See you tomorrow 🙂

 

Market Stuff for April 28.

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

I have lettuce, kale raab, plenty of curly kale & chard, a few bunches of red and gold beets, a little red kale and some carrots.

Garden plants in 4″ pots: a variety of heirloom tomato plants, edible flowers, lots of chamomile and a few lemon balm (for tea), parsley, a few oregano and sage.

Our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef – We’re doing 20% off these cuts: stew beef, cube steak, brisket, all roasts, ribeyes and strips.

We also have skirt steak, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, soup bones, liver, and the last of the andouille sausage, \hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

This is where I stuck 2 rows of early potatoes, spur of the moment style, back in March when we had enough of a break in rain to be able to till the ground. The plot I had planned for potatoes is red clay, and was not dry enough to till, but this little strip was so we fit about 40 lbs in here. I  took this picture when I was cultivating, the left side is done and weeds turned under, and getting ready to cultivate the right side, and bury the little potato plants that are popping up.

These blades skim right below the surface of the dirt to cut off weeds and there are tines on the front that can be used to hill the potatoes. I use this tractor to cultivate the potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, okra and beans.

Thinking of beans, does anyone want edamame? Some years it sells great and others I wish I hadn’t bothered. I think I’ll plant enough for us because we love it, but I was wondering about a market crop.

Ok, see you tomorrow!!

Market Stuff for April 21.

 

Kale raab, just like broccoli raab.

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

I have lettuce, kale raab (yum!), plenty of curly kale & chard, a few bunches of red and gold beets, a little red kale.

Garden plants in 4″ pots: sungold cherry tomatoes, a few heirloom tomato plants (lots more next week), edible flowers, chamomile (for tea), parsley and sage. I’ll have some hibiscus plants (for tea), cutting celery, oregano, thyme, basil, etc. soon.

Our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef – We’re doing 20% off these cuts: stew beef, cube steak, brisket, all roasts, ribeyes and strips.

We also have filet, skirt steak, flat iron, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, soup bones, liver, and the last of the andouille sausage, hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

The wind has been insane.

That happened 🙁

Shane hasn’t really said if it can be fixed. Luckily it’s not the house the tomatoes are in so we technically don’t have to fix it until fall.

He’s still working on wrapped bales for winter feed.

See you tomorrow <3

Market Stuff for April 14.

I’ve been getting inquiries about when I’ll have wheat again, here’s an update! That’s it right there, hard red winter wheat. Looks great.

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

I have EVEN MORE lettuce, beet greens, LOADS of curly kale & chard, red and gold beets, parsley bunches, a little red kale and some plants in 4″ pots: chamomile (for tea), parsley and sage. I’ll have some tomato plants next week then more tomato plants in the coming weeks, along with other herbs, etc.

Our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef – We’re doing 20% off these cuts: stew beef, cube steak, brisket, all roasts, ribeyes and strips.

We also have filet, skirt steak, flank, flat iron, sirloin steak, osso bucco, short ribs, soup bones, liver, the last of the beer brats, and the last of the andouille sausage, hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

It’s already time…

off he goes to rake hay. Reminds me of the fair coming to town 🙂

Those ferris wheelie things lower down to rake the hay into windrows.

The windrows are a continuous circle spiraling inward and I used to love to gallop them like a racetrack…until I saw that my trusty steed would somehow always poop on the actual hay row. Oops.

It’s not warm enough to get this dry, so it’s being baled wet and wrapped in plastic for this winter’s baleage, as we speak.

…meanwhile…

I couldn’t resist. It’s really running and I love that sound. Soon the creek will dry up for the summer and it’ll be hot as blazes. This is my window!!!!

This is also why I didn’t  pre-bunch much of my greens and I’ll probably be in the weeds tomorrow haha. I apologize in advance.

See ya tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for April 7.

Planting sweet corn!

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

I have some really pretty butter and bibb lettuce, spinach, LOADS of curly kale & chard, a little red kale and sweet potatoes.

One of my favorite dressings, especially for kale salad, is  just 3T each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, the juice of half an orange, 1 1/2 T honey and 1/2 t sea salt.

We’re doing 20% off these cuts tomorrow: our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus stew beef, cube steak, brisket, all roasts, ribeyes and strips.

We also have osso bucco, skirt steak, the last of the beer brats, and the last of the andouille sausage, hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

Kellogg’s Breakfast tomatoes in 3/4″ soil blocks. Potting up into 4″ pots.

I started all my plants in soil blocks this year, to get away from using all that plastic. I used 2″ blocks for the onions and 3/4″ blocks for everything else, which will fit 60 plants to a flat instead of my usual 36.

I’ll have tomato plants for sale in a few weeks! Herbs and flowers too. And other stuff!

Finally, greener  pastures 🙂

See you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for March 31.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 11 or so.
I have some pretty head lettuce, red beets, tender baby beet greens, spinach, curly kale, chard, red kale and sweet potatoes.

We’re doing 20% off these cuts tomorrow: our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, brisket, all roasts, ribeyes and strips.

We also have short ribs, osso bucco, skirt steak, beer brats, andouille sausage, hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

Spinach had a growth spurt. Jumbo 🙂

Just a reminder, I’ll have garden plants to sell (herbs, tomatoes, etc) starting around the end of April.

See ya tomorrow!

Market Stuff for March 24.

We finally got potatoes in the ground,  literally hours before the torrential downpours. Huckleberry Gold, German Butterball, and for extra early potatoes, Red Norland and Red Thumb fingerling – were supposed to go in a month ago, but they should still be ready long before the others. Still have Carolas coming in April.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 11 or so.

I have curly kale, chard, red kale, and sweet potatoes. I had a really craptastic sweet potato season last year, so we are on the last couple crates of them. Normally I would have sweet potatoes until August!

We are doing 20% off all of these cuts tomorrow:  our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus cube steak, brisket (8 lb size and 3 lb size), shoulder roast, eye of round roasts, and liver.

We also have philly steak, short ribs (almost gone), osso bucco, NY Strip, ribeyes (GAH you should see these new ribeyes!!), sirloin steak, filets, flank, skirt, and flat iron steaks, boneless chuck roast, sirloin tip roast, plus our beer brats, andouille sausage, hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, 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.

I added gypsum, boron and sulfur before we tilled. Actually Shane did it for me, probably because watching me struggle with the  Earthway Ev-n-spred is too painful.

Don’t take my face picture!

I hope to see you tomorrow 🙂

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