Monthly Archives: August 2012

Great blog post about he loooong process of growing/baking/raising something for the local farmer’s market.

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Gotta’ love the summer…

20120815-180106.jpgWhat’s not to love about summer? The abundance of the harvest is making its way from the field and garden to The Alderley Grange… And, from there, to local dinner tables. The whole process from seed to crop to chow time is still a bit miraculous to me. Come share the joy and visit the farm stand Wed and Fri 3-7 or Saturday mornings 8:30-noon.

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Now that there is lamb afoot (grazing away in the neighbor’s field), we are starting to collect lamb recipes. This one makes great use of in-season vegetables from the garden! Thanks to ‘Just Another Day on the Farm.’

Just another Day on the Farm

Loaded Meatloaf

  • One pd ground lamb (but would work with any other dark/stronger meat, otherwise adjust spices)
  • 1 Large onion- Peeled and course grated
  • 2 large carrots-Peeled and course grated
  • 1 large potato-Fresh from the garden so skin on and course grated (if a storage potato, then peel first)
  • 1/2 cup of washed, finely diced dark bitter greens of your choice (kale, mustard, beet greens, mid summer horseradish)
  • 1 small turnip or a handful of radishes, if turnip, peel and course grate, if using the radish, just was, and top and tail and grate with skin on.
  • 2 large eggs (ideally free range if you can get it)
  • Spices, 1/2 tsp Salt, pepper, keens hot mustard, 1 tsp of turmic, cumin, basil and dried galic powder(not salt).
  • Mix well in a large bowl, ideally get in there with your hands till well mixed.
  • Into a large baking dish, give it…

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Perils of Farmers Blogging

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As the turkey poults get their real feathers and begin to mature, we move them from their heated brooding house to grassy paddocks. Each run also has a shelter so they can find shade during the hottest part of the day and they can be locked in at night to protect them from hungry predators. Feed, water, and grit are available at all times and it doesn’t take long for them to figure out that life in the great outdoors is lots of fun. I never get tired of seeing them do their happy turkey hop, skip, and jump, often when they spot a human visitor!

All of which, I realize, has nothing to do with the perils of farmers blogging! The point was, I think, that it’s so busy here on the farm at the moment that I am rarely inside or sitting still long enough to write a post, upload photos, or update the website! If I had time, I’d let you know we have several varieties of tasty sausages from our Large Black Hogs, lots of eggs, and a variety of fresh produce available through the farm stand (aka The Alderley Grange). Come find us on Facebook for details of opening hours, etc. Or, if you are of a patient and forgiving nature, check back here. Eventually, there will be another post!