Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kale and Chard

Farmer Friday at the Catawba Valley Brewing Company in Morganton tomorrow, Friday 3/30, from 5:00-6:30pm.

Look for our pastured pork, chicken, eggs, and some vegetables.

Kale and chard are the stars of the show! We like to sauté onions and chard and use it in our lovely quiche recipe

Kale makes an easy supper of Hearty Kale and Sausage over Rice. I don’t use a recipe but I use the following “cooking under pressure” techniques … Chop an onion and cook it with our Italian sausage over medium heat until the sausage is still a little pink. Add chopped kale (tear out stems and chop leaves in 1 inch by 1 inch pieces), diced canned tomatoes, and fresh garlic, to the pan and cover with a lid. Cook for about 5 more minutes together until the greens have wilted and cooked. The sausage should be done and all of the flavors blended together. Serve over rice. Voila…It’s time to eat the wonderful farm inspired dinner!

It’s egg season. Think about Easter traditions. Wonder why eggs show up during the Easter season? Because the hens are laying. Eggs are almost as seasonal as some vegetables…different way of thinking about it, huh?! Our dinner tonight was leftover garden peas and roasted potatoes, refried and then incorporated into a farm fresh egg frittata. Simple, quick, and meatless idea, but you still get healthy protein in your meal.

See you tomorrow

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Farmer Fridays are back at the Brewery!

The new hen coop..."The Chicken Palace", house on wheels

Spring fever is upon us here at Bluebird Farm! How about you?

Well, we’ll be back for weekly Farmer Fridays starting this Friday March 23rd…Tomorrow, from 5-6:30pm you can stop by the Catawba Valley Brewing Company to stock up on farm fresh free-range eggs, pastured pork, and pastured chicken.

We’ll also have limited amounts of vegetables…over-wintered kale, chard, and parsley from our garden. Ready for some greens? How about some Swiss chard in a locally ingredient quiche?

Did you know that hens lay the most eggs in the spring? Think of Easter and eggs, because eggs are really in season right now. Buy a few dozen and make some delicious egg salad, quiche, or deviled eggs. Remember to let our super fresh eggs “rest” in the fridge for about 1 week before making boiled eggs for easier shell peeling.

See you tomorrow at the Catawba Valley Brewery in beautiful downtown Morganton.

Check out the photos of the new "Chicken Palace," a hen coop on wheels, our hens are living in style!

The inside of the "Chicken Palace" before the hens move in
The Chicken Palace is in the pasture and the hens have moved in!

Faithful chicken and sheep guard dogs; Tazi, a shorthaired Akbash and Clyde, a longhaired Great Pyrenees

Monday, March 5, 2012

It's time for the March order of Bluebird Farm pastured pork, chicken, and eggs. Yes! Our chickens are laying again due to the increased day length.
We have farm fresh eggs again for you!

Now accepting March orders
Drop off locations:
  • Catawba Valley Brewing Company, Morganton, Friday March 9th 5-7 pm,
  • Conover Hardware, Saturday, March 10th, 10-11 am
  • Hickory (the Hickory Depot parking lot near the railroad tracks) Saturday March 10th, noon-1pm
Bluebird Farm Online Store

Pastured Pork, Chicken, and Free-Range Eggs
Place an order on our online store. Select pork cuts, our whole pastured chicken, and eggs.
You will not receive a total invoice because all prices are per pound and your total will vary with actual weights. We are not accepting credit cards at this time. Payment is due in check or cash at time of delivery.

Big Oak Farms beef in Conover
In Conover we will be partnering with Big Oak Farm. They are taking orders for their beef for drop off at the same time in Conover. For beef information contact Dawn Smith Check out their website to see pictures and info about their farm, Big Oak Farm.

1/2 Hog Orders:
Please email or call if interested and we will put together your order with you.

William loving on Sweet Petunia (our big farm guard dog) with happy little Okra dog looking on.

Misty the horse loves her sheep friends.

Okra the little dog plays dead after being caught stealing Petunia's dog food.