Winter Coop Purchases (Week Two)

I picked up the week’s goodies from the Farmer’s Market last Saturday. The two weeks since the last market flew by, even though I still haven’t used the radishes for anything, nor the sweet potatoes. I froze what was left of the loaf of challah in hopes of making a bread pudding soon. In fact, the only item I used to completion thus far was the chocolate milk that I polished off just a few days ago. I still have some of the organic milk fro Trader Joe’s left in the fridge, so I could skip buying dairy this time around.

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I purchased:

  • Two packages of grass-fed pork chops (from a farmer in Gates Co)
  • Jar of Peach Blueberry Jam (my friend allowed me to have a taste before he whisked it home, it was delicious; from the same farmer as the pork))
  • Small package of cheese stars (from Donna’s Desserts)
  • Several small butternut squash (from ECO in Raleigh, I think)
  • Pint of grape tomatoes (see above – they were only okay. They tasted like grocery store tomatoes actually)
  • Several carrots and rutabagas (Somerset Farm)

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Originally, I had planned on fixing the pork chops for dinner that night but decided to cook a whole chicken in the crockpot and save those pork chops for next weekend. I covered the chicken in peppers, lemon, rosemary from the garden, and some garlic and let it cook all day until it was done. It was tender and juicy when I finally cracked open the lid of the crockpot. My friend brought over some of the gorgonzola cheese he purchased from Trader Joe’s so I used that to make a dressing to go over a salad. We also had brown rice and delicious yeast rolls for dinner.

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Some more photos from the weekend:

View of the swamp behind my house - it's about a year old now thanks to the damage the beavers are doing to the trees.
View of the swamp behind my house – it’s about a year old now thanks to the damage the beavers are doing to the trees.
I was out in the garden Sunday checking on my garlic and trimming my asparagus ferns when I notice my fennel poking its head up. My bronze fennel was always making an appearance on the other side of the herb garden as well. I hope the snow on Monday didn't harm it.
I was out in the garden Sunday checking on my garlic and trimming my asparagus ferns when I notice my fennel poking its head up. My bronze fennel was always making an appearance on the other side of the herb garden as well. I hope the snow on Monday didn’t harm it.
Ziggy - I looked all day for him on Sunday and found him crashed behind the pillows on the bed.
Ziggy – I looked all day for him on Sunday and found him crashed behind the pillows on the bed.
The snow falling on Monday morning. Some reports say that we got about 1/2" here.
The snow falling on Monday morning. Some reports say that we got about 1/2″ here.
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