I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with fresh chestnuts, raw peanuts, eggplant, hard red winter wheat, 3 kinds of potatoes, red & white onions, some greens.



The chestnut trees are so beautiful.

We’re all stocked up on beef cuts for the last time this year. We don’t have any more market size steers so this is it for 2015:

Beef Andouille sausage,  sliced pastrami, hot dogs, and corned beef all made from our Angus beef with no added nitrates or nitrites.  Ground beef, stew meat, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco, short ribs, brisket, liver, soup bones, bone-in chuck, sirloin tip roast, eye of round, sirloin steaks, NY Strips, ribeyes, filets, skirt, flank, flat irons.


I’m super excited about the peanuts! They were planted in May – take forever to grow! I think these are Spanish peanuts, my uncle gave me the seed from his crop. They are supposed to have the best peanutty flavor, and make the best peanut butter. The whole plants are pulled up and stacked on the tables in the greenhouse to dry. We pulled them on Wednesday and Thursday so I think technically they’re still green. So these are RAW peanuts and I like to eat them raw but they’re a little hard to digest. Most folks are used to roasted or boiled peanuts, I don’t think I’ve ever seen raw peanuts for sale.  Raw peanuts can be frozen and used later.

These aren’t washed so they need to be washed well.

I followed my Uncle’s instructions for boiled green peanuts: very salty water for 1 1/2 hours or so, then leave them overnight. Eat and/or freeze for later.

Dried peanuts (after this weekend they will be considered raw dried) they will need to soak overnight before following above instructions.

Roasted peanuts –  single layer on a sheet pan, 350 for around 20 minutes. You’ll be able to smell them when they’re done. Underdone is much better than overdone, take it from me.

Peanut butter – roast, then process in food processor with salt and a little coconut oil, for 8000 years until smooth. A little honey in there is super yummy too. You’ll need to keep scraping the sides down until eternity. Maybe your food processor is better than mine. My advice, boil and/or roast your peanuts but just buy the peanut butter.

See you tomorrow!