I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 8am til noonish.

I have: German Butterball, Carola and fingerling potatoes; basil, parsley, peppers, sweet and red onions, garlic.

Our Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Grassfed Angus beef – NEW! Beef Andouille sausage, and sliced pastrami is back. Hot dogs, corned beef and bologna all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco, brisket, liver, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flat iron.


Whatever she has in her beak is for her nest full of babies!

I just got a pallet of organic potting mix, in 2.8 cubic foot bags (big bags!) It’s Fafard Organic Mix #30 (now Sungro) and I paid about $14/bag for it if anyone needs some. I use it for starting seeds as well as transplants and potted plants/containers, and to mix with compost in my raised beds. It has a small amount of organic starter fertilizer in it.

This week I went to a 3 day soil workshop with Neil Kinsey put on by Slow Food. He’s the guy that does the soil tests I like, Kinsey Ag. They use the Albrecht method of soil balancing. If you’re having your garden tested for nutrients I really recommend him. Just like with anything else, you get what you pay for.  YIKES the stories he tells. Makes you wonder what we’re coming to.

I was just talking with someone the other day about how our planet is changing, and the way things worked as far as farming 8 or even 5 years ago, it’s not the same.  Neil was basically saying the same thing, the atmosphere is different and plants don’t get the same nutrients from it, and the soils are so  deficient and even fertilizers are different.  He’s emphatic about the importance of keeping soils balanced with ammendments for healthy plants, animals and us.  I was surprised to learn the amount of nutrients each crop removes from the soil. Don’t worry, I’m on it!!


This turkey family lives around here, one day it was really hot and they were crossing the pasture (they just walk everywhere, which seems strange doesn’t it?) and they stopped to rest in the shade. Seven youngsters!