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

savoy cabbage, hibiscus roselles for tea, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter wheat.

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

NY strip, osso bucco, short ribs, stew beef, philly steak, 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 AND this week shank (osso bucco) is 10% off.

It’s normally $5.50/lb which is a great deal even at the regular price. I don’t really have an actual recipe that I use, I just salt/pepper then brown the whole shank really nicely on all sides then throw them in the crock pot with lots of onions, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, garlic, celery, oregano, thyme etc. It makes like a beef stew, except it’s a super awesome stew because it has all that rich bone marrow, plus the flavor the bone gives it and the meat is more the texture of brisket or short ribs which I really like. I also think they’re perfect for soup. I found this recipe for Peppered Beef Shank in Red Wine for the crock pot that looks pretty much to die for and has better instructions for someone that hasn’t made it before.

Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.75/lb)

We are now also offering (almost) half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a good savings over the regular price you pay at the market, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.

We’ll be all stocked up on beef cuts for the 10/20 market.

Ryan, my farrier (horse-shoer, hoof trimmer) was here this week…did you know that some farriers still make the shoes to fit the horse? This is like an art. Only two of the eight horses need shoes, the rest are good barefoot.

So first you cook ’em.

Then you whack ’em.

and then spark ’em – these are the technical terms, people. Pay attention.

Then he whacks ’em, cooks ’em, sparks ’em some more and matches them to the hoof multiple times in between.

So cool. He can actually make shoes from scratch. Carats’ front hooves are different sizes; one side is short and flat and the other is tall and narrow, and they are always changing so Ryan makes sure the shoes are fit to give the best support. I’m sure he would strangle me if he knew I was using the words cook, whack and spark to describe his…forging? IDK.

I took a lot of pictures while the shoes were being made.

LOOK –  you can see the reflection of the world in his eyeball.

Can you tell by that long gallop stride she’s an ex-racehorse 🙂

See you tomorrow!

P.S. She wears a fly mask, it’s not a blindfold like some have shared their concern about 😉