Beef is coming and pork is on sale

After last month’s sale on beef was such a success, I decided we should do a sale this month on pork. So we are repeating our sale of 15% off all pork products (except bacon). We are well stocked on pork, with more being picked up tomorrow and even more the next few weeks so we should have everything you need to fill your freezer.

Our pork is like none you’ve ever had. No grain, no corn, no commercial feed ever. If you haven’t tried it, you simply are missing out. It is unlike any pork you’ve ever had, I promise.

Also I’m taking a cow this Friday to the processor so we’ll be restocked on all beef cuts in about a week. Plan on getting your steaks and hamburger while you are in.

We are open Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 2pm-6pm and Saturdays from 9am-5pm. And don’t forget, we give free tours on Saturdays. Just sign up for a tour online.

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NRCS grazing update

This year marks the last year of our NRCS grazing monitoring program. This has been an excellent program where all we needed to do was to take before and after pictures of our grazing in strategic locations at least once per year. We then documented the grass growth and then consumption. When all the work is done properly, we get a check at the end of the year. Easy peasy.

So for the pasture closest to the golf course, here is the last grazing update.

Before grazing, the view in the paddock
Before grazing, the view in the paddock

Normally by this time of year we are dealing with hot and dry weather. And we do have hot, but we had some timely wet weather just before this week. The grass was vibrant and lush. The cool season grasses have just about gone dormant and the thick, warm season grasses are enjoying the combination of unlimited sun and some water when it is needed. The grass is anywhere from 10″ to 15″ tall and very thick.

We are only grazing about 14 cows on rotation right now. The rest are at our other farm. This particular paddock, due to leaving a gap for the pigs to be fed in the paddock system, was to be grazed two days.

Pasture with excellent grass stand
Lush grass as far as you can see

Johnson grass is popping up across the pasture as well. You can see some in the right of the picture (the patch of taller than normal grass). It never seems to be in the same place, but the cows absolutely love it and eat it immediately to the ground. Johnson grass is the bane of many row crop farmers but I love that it grows in our pastures, because our cows love it.

after grazing for two days, picture with grazing stake
After grazing for two days

The grass is definitely showing signs of having been grazing, but it is still 5-6″ tall and very thick. This is perfect for regrowth and for building topsoil. Also much of the brown stems from the cool season grass that has gone dormant is now broken off and therefore pressed down to the ground. Grass litter in contact with the ground is what makes topsoil. So we’ve fed our cows, and fed our soil, all at the same time.

A little better view of the after grazing conditions
A little better view of the after grazing conditions

After this picture, we pulled up this grazing stake getting a steel pole out of the middle of the pasture and marking the end of our NRCS program for this pasture. This allows us to mow easier, and it also allows us to get ready for our next usage of the pasture next year. 

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The beef sale is being continued through July. 15% off beef!

I did a quick sale last week on hamburger. 15% off all hamburger in the store. It was a last minute thing and I didn’t get it out as early as I should have. So to make amends, I’m going to expand the sale to all beef products (except premium steaks) and extend it to the end of July. So.

All beef in the store (except premium steaks) is on sale, 15% off from now till the end of July!

Don’t forget we have piglets here as well and tours are free on Saturdays. Book yours now. 

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Flash sale, and we are closed July 4th

I’m dropping a flash sale on everyone for the rest of the day. Since the 4th of July means hamburgers, I’m making hamburger 15% off for the rest of the day. We are open till 5pm so swing by and stock up for your cookout next week.

Also, we will be closed on the 4th so that we can all celebrate with our families. I hope that you all have a wonderful 4th of July. 

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We have piglets!

Piglets hiding under a hog panel
Piglets hiding under a hog panel

Last week one of our moms had a litter of piglets. I’ve been so busy with Spork working on our father and son summer project that I hadn’t even been able to get over there to take pictures. But Sunday is my day to run the farm so there was no doubt I’d be over there.

I’d love to tell you that there is a series of increasing cuteness pics coming. But the next shot looked like this.

Nothing to see here, move along
Nothing to see here, move along

Momma was having none of it. Spork was feeding her while I was trying to get some pics and she left the food immediately to come and tell me just what she thought of me being near her kids. I told her I understood by beating feet out of there. 700 lbs of cranky mom is nothing to argue with.

When we are giving tours now, we’ll be stopping by to see these little guys, who are out and about and having fun. As they get older they actually start ranging out and playing so there should be plenty of cuteness for our tours for the next couple of months.

There were 11 piglets born. Two didn’t make it (sadly it is normal to loose a few the first day) so we have 9 running around healthy and happy.

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Come save me from the crazy women

It has been steady this morning with customers, but not busy. With entire minutes between customers the girls have decided to entertain themselves.

Some sort of dress I guess
Some sort of dress I guess

Yes that is a bubble wrap outfit. We’ve already cut open a watermelon which just gave them sugar. And of course they made cookies today. But three different kinds that are for sale. Coconut, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raison.

We are fully stocked on goodies and the girls need some customers to keep them sane.

Plus Spork and I are pulling the plane outside to do some wing work so there is that to see shortly.

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Father’s day blueberry muffins

Father’s day will be here on Sunday. Let’s surprise dad with muffins using Mimi’s old tavern beer bread. Sounds different I know but instead of using beer, I used a very berry hard cidar and added blueberries. 

What is great about Mimi’s is it’s easy, vegan, no soy, non-gmo and no corn. So not only clean ingredients..she is from North Carolina!

The directions are so simple. Open bag into bowl, pour a flavored hard cidar to match your fresh fruit of choice.

I use a melon baller scoop and chose to use mini muffin pans. Bake at 350 for roughly 12 min. and top with granulated  sugar. I like to add the surar at the end because it seems to melt if sprinkled before baking. While still hot, I broke in half and topped with ashe county butter. As everyone knows, I stopped buying kerrygold butter because I just LOVE ashe county rolled butter. This recipe, in mini muffin size, made 18. I froze the rest for the kids and grand-kids.

Next, I’ll be doing a version that includes gouda cheese and stout beer. Stay tuned!

Raw Goat milk is in!

We have a small supply of goat milk in today. We will be open today from 2-6 and tomorrow from 9-5. While here, stock up for the weekend!

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Creamy cucumber salad

Need a cucumber recipe to use up a surplus of cucumbers? Or how about a salad recipe that can be whipped up quickly for a group gathering? I grew up with my mom cooking from scratch for every meal and I loved her cucumber salads but as I grew older i discovered I just can’t eat a lot sugar anymore so I took her basic recipe and modified to suite my taste.

I am not a fan of the traditional waxed cucumbers unless I remove all the seeds and by that point a great deal of the cucumber is gone. So I always prefer the english ones. Fourth of july is coming up so make a batch and watch it disappear.

Lots of beef coming to the store, plus pork and chicken to boot

Sorry to tease you on the steaks
Steaks and burgers, ready for the fire.

Friday morning I’ll be heading to the processor to pick up not one, but TWO COWS worth of beef. Normally we get one cow per month, but with the fourth of July coming up, we elected to get two cows. That means we will have twice the ribeyes, twice the filets, and even twice the hamburger. So if you stop by Friday between 2-6pm, or Saturday 9am-5pm, whatever you want should be in stock.

I’m also going Thursday to pick up pork, chicken, and dairy, so we will be freshly stocked on other products as well. Stop by this weekend and pick up your goodies for the fourth of July. We’ll look forward to seeing you.

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