Poplin Farms

albemarle, nc

Market Stuff for March 18.

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That’s my pony. He used to give lessons to kids back in the day. I’m pretty sure he misses all the attention. One time I left his gate open and he went into the tack room and ate a 3 pound bag of apples including the bag. I said, well it was nice knowing you because I can’t afford the surgery to have that plastic bag unentangled from your intestines and I’m sure you’re going to colic and die a tragic, senseless death now. A couple days later I saw that the apple bag had left the building haha! No harm done.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale, lacinato and curly kale, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, wheat.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, short ribs, liver, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

We have meat coming back from the processor soon  so we would love to offer 20% off on all steaks tomorrow!

Ribeyes, NY Strip and sirloins are 20% off – also we will have one more beef quarter available at the bulk price of $3.50/lb plus processing.

I have onion plants available – it’s time to plant now!

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Four varieties: sweet, red, yellow storage and red storage. There are approximately 100 plants to a flat which will plant a 36′ row. They’re $22/flat or $5/6 pack (appx 18 onions – plants a 6′ row). If you’re interested please text me at 704.699.2208 to let me know what you’d like. I’ll start planting this week and if no one wants any I’ll plant them all :)

I’m still using my onions from last July, stored in the fridge drawer. I also still have 3 quarts of chopped onions in the freezer so it really pays to grow your own!

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Wasn’t the snow so beautiful!

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I’m super busy in the greenhouse. All the herbs and tomatoes need potting up into 4″ pots.

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I start the thyme in these plug flats, because the seed is invisible. The seeds come, and you open the envelope and you’re like, Where are the seeds?

You just have to believe.

Just sprinkle on the imaginary seeds; they can’t be covered because they are light-dependant germinators. When they’re ready I pot them up, 3 plugs to a pot.

I’ve been loving the carrots and beets! This is the last week for mine. I rarely grow carrots and I’m so happy to have them now. Have you tried making nori rolls?

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SO GOOD.

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Grated raw carrots and beets, avocado and cilantro or mint. BTW I ate my whole cilantro bowl in 2 days – SO SAD.

You just spread a little rice on a nori sheet and add toppings. You really don’t have to have a sushi rolling mat thing but it makes it a lot easier. YouTube has lots of videos :)

Ok, I’ll see you tomorrow! For the first time all winter, Saturday is not going to be the coldest day of the week.

Market Stuff for March 11.

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Hello baby dill :)

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, wheat.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, short ribs, liver, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

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I made something super delish, which I copied from a restaurant. It’s potatoes and carrots roasted with a little oil ( I use coconut oil) smoked paprika, salt, pepper, ground coriander AND KALE. You roast the potatoes and carrots at 400  til almost done then add torn kale tossed in a little oil – roast 15 ish more minutes. The kale gets little crispy edges and it’s out of control. Then when it’s done roasting you toss it with olive oil, the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon plus the finely grated rind and a clove of finely grated garlic. The lemon KILLS IT. So good.

So right now I’m clearing out one of the hoop houses to plant tomatoes-a huge job. Chard roots have to be dug out of the ground, they’re so massive and there are 4 rows of that alone. I’ll have beets and carrots for this week and next week, then they’ll be gone and the only things left to clear out of that hoop are red Russian kale and chard but I’ll still have those in limited amounts from the other hoop for a couple months. Also in the other hoop are the curly kale, toscano kale and collards.

We’ll have beef back from the processor for March 25 market, and we took an extra one since 2 people ordered quarters, so if anyone is interested in a quarter or half, there will be one available.

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Cilantro bowl, an experiment. You know how if you buy a cilantro plant and transplant it, it bolts almost immediately? Or even if you grow it from seed which seems to take aeons, then you only get to pick it like 3 times and it’s bolting. So I saw this on pinterest (eyeroll) where you plant it thickly then keep trimming the tops off while it’s still baby size so you have a constant supply and allegedly it won’t bolt.

I’ll keep you posted on the riveting developments :) See you tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for March 4!

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How is it already March??

I don’t have any vegetable photos this week it’s just HORSES ALL DAY.

I left Sunday for the mountains with my sister and our horses for her birthday and came back Wednesday and so there was plenty of time for horse pics while I was away.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, beets, sweet potatoes, wheat.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, short ribs, liver, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

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Caratacus worked so hard on the steep mountain trails (couldn’t take pictures on the steep ones, was holding on for dear life)!

After 8 years of having an unpronounceable name, I’m just going with Carats (like carrots) because of all the explaining.

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It was his first time away from home overnight. He was not loving his stall whatsoever and didn’t touch his hay or water the first night. He circled and whinnied and lost about 50 pounds by the time we loaded up to come home on Wednesday. His stall looked like it got hit by a poop-nado.

He got enough carrots and Stud Muffins for about 4 horses though, so he didn’t completely starve.

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Definitely sending out a jailbird vibe :(

He would eat hay if I was in his stall, so I sat down on a hay flake and edited my photos. He would take a bite of hay and then stand over me chewing, dropping loads of hay in my hair and down my shirt – itchy! I scooted over away from the hay rack but he’d just walk over and chew over my head again :) So needy.

Shane was in charge of the greenhouse while I was gone, it’s packed with all the baby plants for my livelihood this growing season…no pressure! He also had to do all my chores: feeding the horses twice a day, the chickens, dogs, cats and the hoop houses. He did a great job.

If he and I ever want to go away together, my sister has to be in charge of all that stuff for me. So needy.

I hope you’re coming tomorrow, dress warm!

 

Market Stuff for February 25.

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, just a couple bunches of carrots, sweet potatoes, wheat.

We still have the GB special, Buy 5 get 1 free, philly steak is 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made with 100% grass fed Angus without added nitrates or nitrites.

Oh my gosh, you have to see this Open Faced Steak Sandwich with Avocado Horseradish! I haven’t made it yet because it just came into my inbox, but Laughing Owl Farm has horseradish, and we have steak :) You could even be super economical with the philly steak instead of Strip steak, because it’s on sale :) and it’s delicious.

Actually I have horseradish too…but the digging…

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I went to get set up for pre-sprouting the ginger and turmeric this week and found that although I had ordered pre-cut seed, I got whole hands. So I learned a new thing, how to cut up ginger for seed.

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Not too shabby, right? Important note: You have to leave 1/4″ extra on the cut for shrinkage. That’s what she said.

I order certified organic ginger and turmeric seed from Hawaii where they propagate it themselves, it’s really high quality, disease free seed and I’ve never used ginger and turmeric seed from anywhere else.

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These tomato plants are for setting out mid-March in the hoop house. I double plant them (2 seeds per cell) and you can see sometimes both seeds come up, sometimes just one and sometimes nada.

And sometimes, I accidentally have a whole flat where I forgot to plant ANY SEEDS then just keep watering and watering and nothing ever comes up and I’m like, these seeds are crap!!! Where do these people get off!!!

Anyway,  when both seeds come up I separate them (if I feel like it) and some lucky persons will be able to buy these lovely extra plants for early tomatoes in a few weeks, or I’ll keep potting them up to 1 or 2 gallon pots and sell them as nice big plants in late April.

So I’ll have some extra early tomato plants to sell, if anyone has a little greenhouse or high tunnel. Or WHO KNOWS, it might just go straight to 80 degrees in March in which case you can just plant them wherever you like. They’ll be ready mid-March in 4″ pots because that’s how I plant them in my hoop house. Then I’ll have another crop of early tomato plants ready around the first of April, and then main season ones late April.

I’ll also have all the “mainstream” herbs in 4″ pots ready for mid April or later, and other garden plants as well. You can scroll back to last April and see how beautiful they were. Growing potted plants to sell is one of my very favorite things.

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I’ll see you guys tomorrow <3

 

 

Market Stuff for February 18.

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The greenhouse is full of onions!…herbs, tomatoes, cabbages, and just all the baby plants.

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I love how onions come up from the middle, folded in half. Then they unfold and stand straight up.

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Cutting celery – kind of amazing that each tiny seedling will grow into a huge plant that can feed a family all season into frost…not like a celery-crazed family, but just a normal family.

I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, sweet potatoes, wheat and since I’ve missed a few markets, we have some great specials on our delicious beef!

We still have the GB special, Buy 5 get 1 free PLUS, philly steak and NY Strip are 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  skirt, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, osso buco,  short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, shoulder roast. Bologna, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

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Last weekend my family came, with 4  horses and their dogs :) We set up corrals for the horses and went trail riding in the Uwharries. It was my gray horse’s  first time ever riding off the farm and his first time on treacherous trails! Also his first time riding with so many horses, there were 7 of us and we met a lot of riders on the trails. I wasn’t sure how he would handle all the pressure but he seemed to have a great time and there were no problems.

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See you guys tomorrow!

 

Market Stuff for February 4.

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I won’t be at the market next week but I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market tomorrow with lots of greens: chard, collards, red kale and curly kale, sweet potatoes, butterball potatoes, wheat and since I’ve missed a few markets, we have some great specials on our delicious beef!

We still have the GB special, Buy 5 get 1 free PLUS cube steak, philly steak and NY Strip are 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  skirt, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, osso buco,  short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, shoulder roast and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

It looks like we are almost out of pastrami, corned beef and bologna so if you’re a fan I’ll be happy to hold some for you…so I don’t have to see the sad face.

Also, Shane increased the number of momma cows 2 years ago and while we were getting them re-tagged a few weeks ago we got a good count on the market-ready  and future market numbers, so now we are happy to finally be able to offer bulk discounts on wholes and halves of our beef – $3.50/lb hanging weight (not live weight) plus the cost of processing and $4/lb plus processing for a quarter. Right now hang weight is around 800 pounds for a whole.

I tried some new recipes while I was away, both really good – Fat-Busting Collard Green Soup, I think the name had Shane very skeptical that it could be delicious and it turned out to be totally delish, and Creamy French Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale .

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See you tomorrow :)

 

 

 

 

No market this week.

 

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I have family stuff going on. I’ll see you next week –

Market Stuff for January 14.

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Even though we didn’t get the 6″ we were promised, there was enough for sledding. We whipped each other around on a car hood behind the gator until we were frozen, then I had the bright idea to hit the hill in the horse pasture on the flying saucers. All fun and games until Shane’s sled hit a rough patch and stopped, and he kept going into a backward somersault landing on his head – then I went full speed on mine into a snow covered pointy rock that had Jill’s Kidney written all over it. After  the immobilizing pain subsided we  collected our sleds and made the walk of shame back to the gator bahaha! Snow day over.

I won’t be at the market next Saturday, but I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with  red russian kale, curly kale, swiss chard, Butterball potatoes, sweet potatoes and wheat.

We have a special on NY Strip this week, 20% off.

I’ll have our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  skirt, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco,  short ribs, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts, shoulder roast and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

We still have the ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 .

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The cows got new ear tags yesterday, the old ones were too faded to read. Lots of folks around here have cows and when we get a call in the middle of the night because someone’s cows are in the road, Shane  gets up and goes to see if they’re ours. So this time he used 2 different color ear tags to make the cows easy to identify. They’ve only made a break for it once since I’ve lived here.20170112_221103758_iOS

By the end of it he looked like a Waffle House hash brown. Smothered, covered, chunked and splattered. The ground is super soggy from the snow then rain.

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Easy grilled beef satay with philly steak! And spicy peanut (but with almond butter) sauce

I’ll see you guys tomorrow!

 

 

All the signs point to NO.

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It’s looking like a fantastic weekend to skip the market; if there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of any type of sledding then I’m definitely staying home anyway.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next Saturday!

Happy New Year!

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I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market tomorrow with  red russian kale, baby-ish (tweener?) size curly kale, beautiful chard, Butterball and Carola potatoes, sweet potatoes and wheat. This is the last crate of Carolas.

I’ll have our grass fed, grass finished Angus beef in these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, sirloins,  flanks, skirt, flat iron, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco,  short ribs, brisket, soup bones, liver,  eye of round roasts, bone-in chuck roasts, sirloin tip roasts and rump roast. Bologna, pastrami, corned beef & hot dogs made without added nitrates or nitrites.

We still have the ground beef special – Buy 5, Get 1 .

I got a new book for Christmas called Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William. He’s a medical medium (you can read about him here if interested); I really like the book, and it has recipes – last night we made these Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Braised Cabbage and Lemon Ginger Sauce. They were really good! If you check out the link to the recipe (READ IIIIIT!), he talks about some of the insane things that sweet potatoes and the other ingredients will do for your health, like starving out the mold in your colon – whaaaaat?? Come on! Who can say no to that? Haha OH no thanks, I prefer a  moldy colon.

See you guys tomorrow!

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