It’s pretty funny how a few nice days can lift the spirits of people and animals alike. It may not last, but it’s enough to get us through… We hope everyone had a nice valentines day, full of pasture-raised meat products and romance. Here’s the farm happenings:
The aminals: We’ve hatched some baby ducks, and should have some lambs and baby pigs coming this spring. Our layers are kicking out eggs right and left, and it should only get better as the days get longer. We also have a new dog! Nick and Kate brought home a great pyrenees pup this week. Hopefully this guy, unlike the other 11 dogs out here (that’s the actual number- willow, ajax, rudy, red-eye gravy, clyde, amos, hank, tipsy, siler, taco, huck- just in case you didn’t believe me), will hopefully serve a purpose. We’re hoping he’ll guard and herd sheep and goats. For the moment, he’s just adorable. We do however, need help on a name-zeus and wilbur have been floated, ross wants seger (not like pete either, you bunch of hippies), so send us some suggestions. The cows are back entirely on hay, the pigs are like whatev
The Land: We had warm enough weather on Monday to start planting our onions for the year, and we’re starting to plan our gardens. At this point, all we know for sure is that there will be an ungodly amount of tomatoes… The pastures are showing signs of life but it’s still pretty brown out here.
The products: We’re taking 288lbs of pork belly to be made into bacon today, which means 1. you’re not eating enough fresh pork belly 2. everyone needs to buy a serious amount of bacon. We’re also making more sweet potato liverwurst. We will not have much beef until late spring, but we do have a lot of pork and will continue to have it through the spring. We’re trying to cut bellies, shoulders, and export racks into smaller packages, so keep those in mind at markets
The markets: Carrboro is every Saturday, 9-12. Wednesdays start up in April. Greensboro Curb market is every other week, including this weekend, 7-12. If you are a Greensboro person, and would like to be notified of which week We’re coming and what we can bring, let us know.
The restaurants: You can find our meat at Six Plates in Durham. Vimila’s Curryblossom, Glasshalfull, Neals, Acme, Il Palio in Chapel/Carrboro. Saxapahaw General Store and The Eddy in Saxapahaw. Elliot’s on Linden and Sly Fox in Southern Pines. And Panciuto in Hillsborough. Speaking of which… Panciuto’s chef Aaron Vandermark is up for a best-new-southeast-chef-thing. We’ve all voted for him because, and we have to be careful how we word this, Panciuto is a favorite of much of the staff here. So if you agree, give a vote on http://eatocracy.cnn.com/foodandwine/ . More importantly, if you haven’t eaten there, do yourself and your loved one a favor and get on up to hillsborough
Events this spring/summer: First up, no farm tour. The boys “accidently” scheduled a fishing trip that weekend, and honestly, we need a year off. But remember, our store is open every Thursday 2-6 and Saturday 10-4, so we can show you around the farm any week, so come pay a visit.
We’re also planning on having more events out on the farm. We had 3 weddings this past year, and we’re getting the hang of it. Contact Eliza Sydnor (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any event ideas/desires.
Miscellaneous: Now that the gift-giving season is over, we have gift certificates available. What better gift than good, healthy, sustainable food? Everyone needs food, unlike that new breadmaker your spouse will probably never use…
And the Core Sound folks are taking orders again for this spring. We’ve yapped about them before, but if you live in the triangle and want sustainably caught, fresh seafood, check out http://www.coresoundseafood.org
Besides that, keep it real. Pay us a visit, buy a pork chop, pray that the weather stays like this, eat at panciuto, and give us a name for the new dog. That’s the take home message
ps, if this is your first newsletter, sorry, we just found a bunch of names being signed up on our website. You’re on now! As for the monthly newsletters, they’re not normally this long, but they are normally this late