Farmer’s Market + A Little Bit Of Catchup

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind it seems! I don’t have enough hours in the day it seems. Oh well, things are only going to get busier when garden season really gets going. Again, crummy cell phone photos for most of these.

Here is what I purchased from the winter co-op market on March 21:

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  • 2 lb. carrots (Somerset Farms)
  • 1.4 lb. beef shanks (Peace and Plenty Farms)
  • 2 bunches of spring onion (ECO in Raleigh)
  • 3.11 lb. mild sausage (from a farmer in Gates Co., White Oak Hill I think?)
  • 2.5 lb. butter
  • 1 mini sweet potato loaf (Donna’s Desserts)
  • 1 bag dark chocolate granola (Yellow Dog Bread Co.)
I forgot to take a picture with the doors closed showing off the pretty blue trim.
I forgot to take a picture with the doors closed showing off the pretty blue trim.

My boyfriend finished our chicken coop this weekend! I love it. We picked up 4 chickens on Saturday – 2 Rhode Island Red hens, 1 Rhode Island Red rooster, and 1 barnyard mix hen (our favorite) but we are already wanting to trade one of the RIR hens and the rooster so we can diversify our flock more.

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Our favorite.
Our favorite.

We had a cold freeze this past Saturday, complete with snow flurries, but everything that has been budding out looks fine right now. I picked up a Kumquat this past weekend (I have a weakness for citrus) along with two lavenders and two rosemary plants to go around our coop. My boyfriend has said that I can get a fruit tree to go out by the coop as well, just one, so I’m looking for a good self-pollinating one (maybe a plum). I’ve already gotten a blueberry to plant at the boyfriend’s as well and get to find an apple tree to replace the one at mom’s that didn’t survive the winter.

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I picked my first spears of asparagus last week – there are about ½ dozen hanging out in my fridge waiting to be made *probably* into a tasty breakfast quiche in a few weeks. I may go ahead and blanche/freeze the ones I already have so they won’t go bad before I get around to it.

The last winter co-op market for the season is this upcoming Saturday. Fresh lamb will be offered, I’m excited about that.

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I had deer for the first time this past weekend (in the form of burgers and tenderloin). It was tasty – I think that has a lot to do with the chef!

I left Belle home the weekend. I came back to find that she had been absolutely spoiled (AND allowed on the couch).
I left Belle home the weekend. I came back to find that she had been absolutely spoiled (AND allowed on the couch).
My boyfriend bought flowers for me this weekend. :)
My boyfriend bought flowers for me this weekend. 🙂
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