Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Market Stuff for March 19.


Laying weed barrier on the onion beds. My sister is coming Sunday to help me transplant a few thousand. This plastic is woven, so it lets air and water through and the soil stays soft and fluffy underneath. We take it up when the crop is finished and reuse it the next season. It’s lasted 4 years so far.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with lots of chard, some kale and collards, lettuce, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat and our grass fed Angus beef in these cuts: brisket, ribeye loin and strip loin, ground beef, stew meat, cube steak, philly steak, filet mignon, short ribs, osso buco, soup bones, liver, sirloin tip roasts, eye of round and bone-in chuck roasts, hot dogs and andouille sausage made from 100% grass fed beef without any nitrates/nitrites.


The fire ants are ruining my life again.  Who wants to make a house in a head of lettuce??  Only ants.


They’re burying the whole row of baby beets. Adios beets. Probably carrying the tiny roots back to their lettuce house to feed their dirty larvae.

One time they got in my hair. That was fun I hope we can do it again soon.


See ’em! See ’em all over the leaves!! They just take whatever they want and there’s not really anything I can do about it.  They’re like the Peaky Blinders of the hoop house. Obviously I can’t use ant killer. The organic options don’t work. I decided to eat this particular lettuce for lunch so they couldn’t live there anymore (oh it’s personal all right), and I got bit 5 times picking it, but I guess since I’ve been stung so much it never leaves a blister anymore so  I’ll say I’m totally immune. Who knew that could happen.

I looked into getting an anteater. People keep them as pets, you know. They enjoy wearing clothes, sweaters and stuff.  Then I found out they don’t even eat ants, just termites! Sigh.


That’s one way to cook asparagus. Too late flame weeding the bed, or asparagus is extra early this year.

See you tomorrow!







  1. For a natural remedy that really works, call the Fire Ant Man at (336) 288-8868. It’s not cheap but it works & you only pay for the area he covers. He uses a food that the critters carry back to the hive which I think sterilizes the queen. How ever it works, the colony eventually dies out. Fireantman.com

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