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Market Stuff for December 16.

 

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You so crazy Babylamb!! I dug lots of carrots yesterday. I don’t know where the tops went ūüėČ It’s a mystery.

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

Curly & red Russian kale, swiss chard;¬† green onions, red butterhead lettuce, a few beets, lots of purple and orange carrots, a few cauliflowers – cauliflower still growing in mid December is blowing my mind – and some red cabbage, cutting celery, parsley. Sweet potatoes and I’m bringing one small crate of carolas and a few huckleberry golds because I over-saved on the potatoes and we aren’t eating them as fast as I thought.

I made this Winter Minestrone last week, twice per Shane’s request. It’s perfect for using all the veggies that are available now.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin steak, flat iron, skirt, short ribs, brisket, shoulder roast with or without a marrow bone, boneless chuck roast, rump roast, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roasts, liver, bags of soup bones.

We have beer brats in! And andouille sausage! Hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites. We are almost out of bologna.

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.

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They say it’s hard to grow long carrots in red clay because it’s too heavy and dense but I’ve never had any trouble. Getting long carrots out of heavy clay without breaking them off is the hard part. There’s definitely no just pulling on the tops.

I’m planning on coming to the market next week too. See you tomorrow!

I won’t be at the market tomorrow.

I’ll see you next time, probably next week :)

Market Stuff for December 2.

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It was super beautiful weather for picking for the market yesterday and today, and being outside washing produce with your hands in the cold water. I know the cold days are coming so I’m extra grateful for this weirdly warm weather and the beautiful fall we’re having.

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

pecans from our trees- made my last trip to the sheller on Wednesday. Curly and red Russian kale, and smaller toscano kale; swiss chard; beet greens, some red butterhead lettuce, arugula, a few beets, some carrots, a couple cauliflowers I found in the middle row. I can’t believe there is still cauliflower coming out of the field in December! That’s a first. A couple cabbages, some parsley, you get the idea. A little bit of lots of different things. Sweet potatoes. Oh and eggs from Carlea Farm this week.

I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin steak, flat iron, skirt, short ribs, brisket, shoulder roast with or without a marrow bone, boneless chuck roast, rump roast, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roasts, liver, bags of soup bones.

We have beer brats in! And andouille sausage! Hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites. We are almost out of bologna.

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.

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Shane drilling alfalfa seed. Since it gets dark at noon now…

We got a letter from the Weeping Radish where we have our hot dogs and sandwich meats made – they are not going to make processed meats anymore. I thought the letter was pretty heartbreaking.¬† They do all of our further processing so we won’t have any more cold cuts, brats or dogs.

THEN we found out that the place we always get our Christmas tree, Clark’s Evergreens, is closed for Choose and Cut this year because of tree and labor shortages. We’ve gone there for several years, and when Shane’s parents were alive they came too. I have to tell you about last year’s trip – way too many cocktails and hilarity ensued.

I’m not sure if I’ll be at the market next week. It takes the greens 2 weeks to grow back with these short days but I might come up with something.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Stuff for Thanksgiving!

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The only crop left in the fields is the last of the cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Everything else is tilled and ready for cover crops.

I don’t come to the market right after Thanksgiving but I’ll be there this Saturday with:

The last of my baby turmeric and ginger, which is more like…tweener age than baby now haha. Cauliflower, broccoli, red & gold beets, red cabbage and 2 green savoys, arugula, beet greens, curly & red kale, chard, sweet potatoes, and pecans that were just shelled Wednesday. No eggs.

We are all stocked up on beef cuts so I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: ground, stew, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, filet, sirloin steak, flat iron, flank, skirt, short ribs, brisket, should roast with or without a marrow bone, boneless chuck roast, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roasts, liver, bags of soup bones.

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites. We are almost out of quarter pound hot dogs and bologna.

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.

Do you want to hear about my big pecan adventure? Of course not. Look away then.

I haven’t brought pecans to the market before, and so this year I thought, you know this might actually be a low maintenance crop that requires minimal work and expense, and sell really well. It only takes around 20 minutes to fill a 3 gallon bucket using the Nut Wizard :) and I can get them shelled for 50 cents a pound, bag them up and take them to the market. Easy Peasy!

WROOOONG. Soooo wroooong.

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Nut Wizardry in action!

20 minutes to fill up a bucket? WRONG. Once you go through and pick out the extra stuff that the Wizard picks up, plus taking off all the hulls that are still stuck on – not the shells, mind you, the hulls OUTSIDE the shells – you only have half a bucket. So it ends up taking almost an hour to get a full bucket of shell-able pecans.

50 cents a pound for shelling? WROOOONG. It’s an hour and a half drive, plus an hour and a half to shell them at which point it was 12:30 so then I have to stop for lunch or else the Carl part of Carlea Farms who was nice enough to drive would be trapped in the vehicle with a very hangry person for the next hour and a half. We left at 9 am + got home at 3 pm = 6 hour tour.

Adding to that, when you arrive with 72 lbs of pecans in the shell and then leave with only 21 lbs of edible shelled pecans, the 50 cents somehow multiplies into millions of dollars. The math is right, people. And where is the cents symbol on this keyboard?

So now all that’s left to do is bag the nuts. Gah! Wrong again! :) you still need to go through them to get out the bits of shells, the nuts damaged by stink bugs (is there nothing they won’t ruin?), shriveled ones, etc. That took 2 more hours. I didn’t finish.

I’m only halfway done nut wizarding so I’ll be doing it all over again, and this time I am prepared for the realities of life.

I did still have enough life force left to make fresh Cinnamon vanilla pecan milk  for our smoothies and granola fruit bowls. Nom. Turns out I like it in my coffee too.

I also had a garlic planting FAIL; if you are a faithful garlic customer of mine you might need to see what you’re in store for next spring haha :)

See you guys tomorrow or if you don’t make it, have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and I’ll be giving thanks for you, my super awesome customers!! <3

 

I’m not coming tomorrow :)

I’ll be there next week. Have a good one!!

 

Market Stuff for November 4.

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The spinach is spun :)

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

white cauliflower, red & green cabbage, baby turmeric and ginger, horseradish root, swiss chard, beet greens, arugula, spinach, Red Russian kale, potatoes, and sweet potatoes – and Carlea Farms’ organic fed soy-free pastured eggs.

A delicious soup recipe to try, if you’re in the mood – Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Potato Soup.¬† The only reason it’s vegan is because they use nutritional yeast instead of cheese so it’s super easy to make it non-vegan by using real cheese (duh). I just happen to have a jumbo size nutritional yeast to use up because my sister’s boyfriend went drunk shopping on Amazon bahaha. ¬† I made a double batch. Shane loved it too. We topped it with chopped avocado and Dean’s microgreens and of course I added hot sauce and crushed red pepper.

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

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), sliced corned beef, sliced pastrami and sliced bologna made from our 100% grass fed Angus beef, no added nitrates or nitrites. We are almost out of quarter pound hot dogs and bologna.

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’m not sure if I’ll be at the market next week. I think I would only have the greens and the last turmeric. I might skip because I’ll have beets and carrots coming in soon, and curly kale and maybe pecans¬† – anyone know where I can have them shelled? I know of a place in Shelby but I’d like to find somewhere closer. I think I’m about to the end of white potatoes, and we are almost out of hot dogs and bologna too.

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We have beef coming back from the processor next week so we’ll be all stocked up on roasts and stuff the next time I come and we’re making an order for hot dogs and beer brats from Weeping Radish but that won’t be back very soon I don’t think.

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Blowing out the combine to put it up for the season. The mask is for the dust. It’s a giant blower that you pull with a truck, pretty sure it could blow your skin off. He used to just wear those cheap paper masks like you get at Lowe’s, then he’d be blowing his nose and¬† coughing up stuff for days so I’m glad he’s wearing one that actually does something now.

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so pretty!

See you tomorrow!!

Boo!

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

white cauliflower, cabbage, baby turmeric and ginger, swiss chard, beet greens, arugula, spinach, kale, potatoes, and sweet potatoes – and Carlea Farms’ organic fed soy-free pastured eggs.

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

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), 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.

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

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I also have a few horseradish roots, just a few because as I was digging, a black snake slithered across and disappeared into the side of the raised bed to let me know I was disturbing her. How rude of me :) I was ready to quit anyway.

See  you tomorrow!

Market Stuff for October 21.

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Hi! I didn’t take any pictures this week so here’s one of my sister’s cat bahahahaaaaaaaa :)

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

baby turmeric and ginger – check out these recipes for Golden Milk (turmeric tea) and my personal fave, turmeric brothwiss chard, beet greens, arugula, spinach, potatoes, and sweet potatoes – and Carlea Farms’ organic fed soy-free pastured eggs.

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

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), 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.

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

See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for October 14.

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Moo got his feet trimmed – yikes!

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

tons of greens. Since I didn’t pick them last week they’re pretty big but since they’re in the hoop house they’re tender. I have baby turmeric and ginger, swiss chard, beet greens, arugula, spinach, potatoes, and sweet potatoes – and Carlea Farms’ organic fed soy-free pastured eggs, the same kind I had that one time during the summer. Lots of customers came back and said they were really good.

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

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), 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.

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

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So Moo got his feet trimmed. This is the after photo. I was really terrified to do this for many reasons, but it had to be done and there is no other way. Yes, he does have a little man-udder. It went well. He was strapped in nice and tight so he couldn’t struggle and get hurt.

He has a genetic issue that causes his rear hooves to curl under making it hard for him to walk, and prone to hoof abscesses. When he was young I had my horse shoer (farrier) trim his feet but he got too big and my hoof trimming skills were falling very short. We found this super nice, highly recommended guy that trims cow feet for a living and he came 2 weeks ago and got him all fixed up, but he has abscesses that are painful. The vet says it just takes time for them to heal. He could really use some good healing vibes & love from all  of you guys! It would really help him get through this rough patch a lot faster :) We thank you.

On the same day the hoof trimmer was coming, I came home early from the market to get Moo ready (I was already a ball of nerves) and I found my lamb Pappy was really sick. I figured out he had acorn toxicity so I had to give him mineral oil, banamine and some electrolytes. He recovered but geez. What a day.

Something odd happened on my way home from the market that day – I stopped at the store to get Moo a box of Frosted Mini-Wheats since he was going to have to go through all that, I knew he would want to do some emotional eating :) and as I walked down one of the aisles, I turned my head straight to the mineral oil on the bottom shelf and it was like¬† **MINERAL OIL**> as if it was being pointed out to me. Of course I was like, that’s weird, who cares about mineral oil, and off I went, only to get home and find my sick lamb that needed a quart of mineral oil, so I had to go back to the store. Strange, right?

If you look at the very top picture, near his adorable face there’s a rattle paddle leaning on the truck. You just shake it and it rattles and that’s what Shane uses to direct the cows, they move away from the ‘super scary” rattling sound. Except Moo, he’s like, ” What’s that?” and goes toward it haha. What a goof. I just put his halter on and led him into the hoof trimmer’s contraption. He’s such a good boy.

OK I’ll see you guys tomorrow!!

Market Stuff for September 30.

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baby turmeric – I get lots of questions about it. It’s not spicy like ginger and it’s most famous for it’s cancer fighting curcumin.¬† It’s great added to lots of dishes, I just finely chop it and saute it along with the onions and garlic when I’m making soup, stews, stir fry, greens, etc. but my most favorite use is to grate it into simmering veggie broth along with ginger, garlic and some chopped greens and cabbage, grated carrots and a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a light lunch. I love to add dulse flakes too but not everyone loves the flavor of seaweed :)

I will not be at the market next Saturday but I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 1 pm with:

baby turmeric and ginger (perfect for immune-boosting turmeric ginger shots!),¬†lots of arugula –¬†not too spicy! 3 kinds of lettuce: red butter, red mini romaine and green something. Spinach, napa cabbage, carola and huckleberry gold potatoes potatoes,¬†and new crop¬†sweet potatoes.

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

We have hot dogs (skinny and quarter pounder), 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.

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

The lettuces :)

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So, arugula. Love it or hate it, it’s really good for us. It’s cleansing to the body and like other bitter veggies, it supports the liver, lymphatic system and more. We need to eat bitter, like it or not. This Linguine with¬†Arugula, Garlic & Parm is a great way to use arugula if you don’t love it. Toss it in there raw and the heat of the other stuff wilts it and takes off the edge. I added some roasted veggies and extra arugula because it might look like¬†I threw a boatload in there, but it wilts down to nothing and then¬†I’m like DRATS THIS IS MOSTLY PASTA!! AGAIN!!!!

I like it to be mostly greens and veggies with a little pasta but that never works out – will I EVER figure out how much pasta to make??

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I also got on a kick of making salad with these spicy, crispy potatoes instead of croutons. I tossed them with smoked paprika, garlic salt, crushed red pepper and black pepper then roasted them until they seemed croutoney.

This is my little tractor, Minnie.

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We’ve had it for a few years but none of the implements would work because they’re giant tractor size so Shane’s been slowly collecting Minnie size implements. This is the baby tiller :) and we have a baby middle-buster, and now a potato digger that works, so I can do potatoes and sweet potatoes by myself.

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…the end of the hay season.

See you tomorrow!

 

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