Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring veggies are coming!

This weekend we'll be planting a field of tiny kale and Swiss chard transplants.  We'll also plant potatoes and sugar snap peas.  The traditional local wisdom is that you plant peas and potatoes on St. Patrick's day, but this year with the wet cold soil, we're waiting for better conditions so the seeds don't rot in the ground.  Warm soil temps are what make plants grow- not the calendar's date!

Our greenhouse is full of lettuce, bok choy, scallions, herbs, peppers, and many more little vegetable transplants. Outside, we have covered "greenhouse tables" for young veggie transplants that are being acclimated to colder weather.  Some little veggies are sprouting in the garden beds under fabric row covers that help protect the little seeds and plants.
Marie adding lime to the veggie fields
We got a dry day for tractors in the veggie fields!


All the animals are waiting for the grass to grow tall enough to graze. Right now it is too wet for their sharp little hooves- they'll punch through the soil and churn it up too much.  They have to be content with a nice crunchy hay for now.  
Sheep munching on winter hay




Sweet Pea, the bad sheep and a few of her friends.
Tazi, sweet guardian of the flock

Little Okra always has a smile for you!



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bluebird Farm March Special Order


Hello All,

If you missed the special order in February don't worry-we're coming back this Saturday!

This Saturday the 16th Bluebird Farm pastured pork and egg order!  At Conover winter farmers market at the Conover Hardware 10-noon and at Youssef 242 restaurant 1-2.

Winter Eggs for You: Guess what? The hens are laying well- so we have some eggs available for you.  Remember, our eggs are fresh and will keep for a month, so order 3-4 dozen if you need.

Pastured Pork: We have a full selection of our flavorful pork. We raise our hogs outdoors and feed certified organic grains and absolutely no sub-therapeutic antibiotics. Italian sausage, Bratwurst, shoulder roasts, fresh ham roasts, Country sausage, Chorizo sausage, thick bone-in pork chops, ribs, and lard.

If you haven’t tried this recipe yet- please do! Winter is the best time for cooking a pork roast in the oven. Fresh Ham with Sage and Thyme 

This Saturday March 16th We will be taking orders for drop off at our usual locations:

Conover
Conover Hardware Store: 101 2nd St SW, Conover, NC 10-noon.  This drop off location will be with other Conover Market vendors including fresh wood fired pizza!

Hickory
Youssef 242 restaurant in Hickory: 242 11th Ave NE, Hickory 1-2pm.  We are coming to Hickory 1 hour later than usual.  Please note time change!


Follow this link to our online store for ordering information:

Farmers markets are just around the corner look for emails soon with market details!

Cheers,
  William and Marie