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An unplanned day at the market, and and unexpected sale on beef!

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I know I said I wasn’t coming this week – so undependable lately!! But our horseback riding adventures for this weekend are rained out so I’m coming to the market. And we need to sell some beef since I’ve only been to one market this year.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow until 10 or 11, depending on how busy it is.

And since I’ve only been to 1 market this year, Shane wants to have a special to move out some beef. We are low on cuts and have a big order coming back from the processor next week, so he wants to do 20% off – see below!

I should have some greens but I’m not sure what yet and it won’t be much, also sweet potatoes and leeks. I just wanted to get this market update out early. I’m also not sure if I’m coming next Saturday…but starting in March it should be warming up enough to have veggies every weekend.

We are doing 20% off all of these cuts tomorrow:

our 100% grass fed & grass finished, Animal Welfare Approved Angus stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, ribeyes, NY Strip, sirloin steak, skirt, brisket (8 lb size and 3 lb size), shoulder roast, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roasts, liver.

The special won’t apply to the following:

Beer brats, 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.

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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My view from the ground 🙂

I’ve got the greenhouse full of onions, herbs, early hoophouse tomatoes. The top photo is just onions in the soil blocks – don’t they look like brownies? SPECIAL BROWNIES. So being in there all the time I was really craving brownies 🙂 and I found this awesome recipe, that I made and ate the whole batch watching the Superbowl –

4 Ingredient Sweet Potato Brownies: sweet potato, almond butter, cocoa powder and maple syrup. And then I was jacked up on the caffeine all night from the cocoa powder. Worth it!

I hope to see you guys tomorrow <3

See you in 2 weeks!

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I don’t have any greens this week, and we have plans for next weekend. I hope to see you the next week! Have a good one 🙂

Market Stuff for January 27.

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Last Sunday we went riding at H Cooper Black in South Carolina. I had so much fun!! We planned our route for a 1.5 hour ride but missed a turn and ended up riding 3.5 hours. Death to the knees.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow yay!! with kale, leeks, orange and purple sweet potatoes. I’ve never been so happy to pick some kale before.

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 steak, flat iron, skirt, brisket, shoulder roast, boneless chuck roast, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roasts, liver.

Beer brats, 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.

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 has been dragging fallen trees out of the woods all winter – there are so many! The woodstove heats our house and the greenhouse, and it’s time to start planting in the greenhouse so I got it cleaned up and turned the heat on. Time for a big load of wood.

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Yes, I am wearing pink crocks and socks. Don’t judge me. If you lived out in the country, deep in the woods and spent all your time alone with just plants and bugs you’d Dress Crazy 10 Ways too.

So that is a soil block maker. This year I’m doing soil blocks for growing my transplants instead of using the plastic inserts. I’m so sick of dealing with those. Carl tricked me into doing the blocks haha. He showed me how to make them, I did a test run that was uhhhhh …passable,  and I borrowed his blocker to start onion seeds. I did 47 trays on Monday and Tuesday. It’s heavy and a lot more work and it’s kicking my butt.  I hope I don’t get abnormally large, man-style biceps! And traps! Ugh.

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Check out Josie’s crazy grin 🙂 Are you threatening me??

I’m super excited to see you guys tomorrow!

 

P.S.

The market won’t be open to the public until 10 am. Just found out.

No market for me this week either :(

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I know I said I was coming, and now I know not to say stuff like that.

I thought I would have enough veggies to sell to make the trip, but like Olivia Newton John said,

“You  never know what the future holds…” – So right. 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend and I also hope to see you all again at the market soon!!

 

 

So…

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that happened 🙁

Looking pretty sad in the hoops after nearly a week of single digits. I’ve watered everything and some stuff is perking up. I need to cut off all the dead leaves and see what lives. The curly kale fared the best by far.

 

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Yikes.  Red kale might come back but I think the chard has bit the dust.

I’ll be there next week with whatever greens I can muster, carrots, leeks, sweet potatoes, beef and I’m not sure what else, but I pulled something in my back so picking is out for this week anyway, and it’s just starting to feel better so I don’t want to do anything to cause a setback or I won’t be able to pick next week.

I hope to see you then! I miss you guys! Have a great weekend 🙂

P.S. I’ve been doing this very gentle + easy 15 minute yoga for lower back pain every day and it’s helped a ton <3

 

 

Brrr!

Too cold for me and my kale this week. We’ll see you next time 🙂

Market Stuff for December 23.

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Rows of hard red winter wheat popping up! So pretty in the sunrise. This will be ready to cut in July.

I won’t be at the market next week, but I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with:

The last of the cabbage and cauliflower. I think I’ve already said that like 3 weeks but who knew! This time for real. Curly, toscano & red Russian kale, swiss chard;  green onions, lots of purple and orange carrots, parsley, a couple other things and 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 steak, flat iron, skirt, 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.

Beer brats, 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. There are 2 packages of bologna left.

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.

OK: Am I behind the curve on the kale sandwiches?? I just discovered this and I can’t stop. Every day this week, and sometimes really wanted another one for lunch. I stumbled across this breakfast sandwich with sauteed kale and smashed avocado on Pinterest and changed it to my liking, including lots of apple cider vinegar and hot sauce in the kale and sub out the tempeh.  It’s so delicious!  SO DELICIOUS. Then I searched kale sandwich on Pinterest and everything looked so amazing  I had to just shut ‘er down. Flavor overload.

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Shane got me this 12′ wide landscape plastic 2 years ago and it’s fantastic for crops!  I had been using the 6′, which I can take up by myself with a strap and the gator. I can pull it up, clean it off, fold it up and stack it for next year. I can’t do any of that with the 12′ plastic though, it’s too heavy and unwieldy. Since the wind never stops blowing at my house, trying to fold it up alone makes me want to plunge long nails into my eyeballs!! Thankfully  Shane and his helper offered to come help with taking up the last of the plastic Tuesday before the rain and put it away, so we could get the fields tilled and cover cropped before the rain on Wednesday. It took the 3 of us about 3 hours, a skid loader and 2 gators to finish with the plastic and it took me til after dark to get it tilled, so there was no cover crop happening. I’ll get that done next week.

So I had to cut all the cauliflower and cabbages that were still growing, but it was worth it for saving my eyeballs.

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At least the shortest day of the year is behind us now! I made a winter solstice stew with all of the beautiful fresh and frozen veggies I grew this year.

I’ll see you guys tomorrow, and if I don’t, I hope you have the best-ever Christmas, Happy Holidays, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! and thank you so much for supporting us another year! You’re the best <3 <3 <3

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 😉 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 🙂

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