Family Farm Tour

Today was so much FUN!!

I really, really, really wanna live on a

FARM!!

Really, I do.

This is a very pic heavy post! I want to share all the fun stuff we did today!!

Our first stop was the Red Wolf Farm these 2 NC STATE Grads have done a fantab job and preserving their heritage by honoring their families. His great grandad owned the farm 100 yrs ago and sold it to her grandad 40 yrs ago and they are married NOW!! What a fun story.

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kids checking out the goats

feeding the chickens

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fresh eggs!

Next stop, Shady Oaks Farm

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picking blackberries!!

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j was super excited to see the bird’s nest!

last stop on our tour today was Sipe Angus

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I have shared with you how much I am in LOVE with their beef. It is the best tasting beef I have ever had! They sell by the pound or you can buy a cow!

Randy and Regina are some of the kindest people I have met! They offered us a drink, pulled up a rocking chair, entertained the kids and told us all about their cattle!! It was awesome.

Before leaving I picked up some ground beef and placed my steak order for pick-up and next weekends Farmer’s Market!!

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What an amazingly fun day!!

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xoxo, Mama Bird

 

Farm Day!! {Eat Local}

Catawba County’s Agri-Tourism

This Saturday, June 18th Catawba County is hosting a FREE Agri-Tourism Day! What an incredible way to share with children and adults alike not only where but how there food makes it to the table and how easy it is to eat locally!!!
Here are a few of my TOP PICKS on the Farm Tour!
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Sipe Angus this is my favorite beef vendor by far! Check them out, fantab!!

Red Wolf Farm just looks like a wonderful place!! Can’t wait to see it.

Poovey Apiary as afraid as I am of bees I am in awe of them and have never seen a real beehive! I can’t wait!!

Windy Wool Wingdings 
For more info on the Catawba County Agricultural Family Farm Day visit Chickens on Camera. I hope to see you!!
xoxo, mama bird

Sunny Paris Salad

Since the cucumbers are coming in like crazy I decided to make a fresh salad and wanted to do something different, I came across this yummy looking salad. Of course I didn’t have feta cheese on hand so I made a few revisions to fit what I had and I think it worked beautifully.

What I made? 

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Salad

I wrote a post earlier this summer about an amazing farmer in Lenoir, NC who makes the most amazing goat cheese I have ever had. She has 1 in particular called Sunny Paris, the name alone peeked my interest. I do not know exactly what she puts in the crack laced cheese log, but it for sure has shallots, lemon zest, dill, mint, can you taste it?

Fresh & Sunny and PERFECTLY YUMMY!!

Sunny Paris Cucumber Salad

6 cucumbers (I used 3 varities), chopped & deseeded

8 oz of Sunny Paris goat cheese (can use plain with fresh spices added to it)

1/4 c good olive oil

2 T fresh lemon juice

1 T water

black pepper

1 small sweet onion, diced fine

Peel, de-seed and chop cucumbers. Place in strainer, sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for apx 30 mins. Mix cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, water and spices in a bowl; add cucumbers & onions. Chill. ENJOY!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Hydroponic Lettuce,Goat Cheese and Blueberry Salad

Fresh and oh so tasty. First, I have to give a shout out to a few amazing LOCAL peeps who are Amazing!! First Mr. Jerry, no this is not his real name, however he does look a lot like Jerry Garcia! He grows the most beautiful Salad Greens I have ever seen. They taste so good. He comes on Saturdays to our local Farmer’s Market and sells my fav, a combo of red & green leaf, Bibb & romaine for $5. I am so in love with the fact that Jerry shares his lettuce here. He sells to Whole Foods and tons of restaurants in the area. He is a grow master!! Here’s a pic of the hydroponic lettuce.

P1010140 Another FAV of mine is Ripshin Farms who has the most incredibly mild and tasty goat cheese I have ever put in my mouth. She is only there on Wednesdays so I must hit the market twice a week to get both of my OBSESSIONS!!

P1010142In their honor, I made a yum salad with the green leaf lettuce, blueberries (NC grown), goat cheese, red onion and Champagne vinaigrette. DELISH!!

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Food Revolution {PSA}

JOFR-badgeLg Jamie Oliver’s FOOD REVOLUTION is premiering on Sunday at 10pm on ABC. PLEASE set the dvr and watch it with your family. Also GO HERE and sign Jamie’s petition.  I can not tell you how much I support this project! It is so IMPORTANT to teach our children to be healthy.  After watching FOOD INC I have been on a mission to try and help spread the word. I am so excited about what the can mean for everyone!

From Jamie: “The American FOOD REVOLUTION needs to start now! If you care about your country and the health of its children please help us make a difference. We need your support to get people back in touch with food and keep cooking skills alive before it’s too late. We want to make sure every kid gets good, fresh food at school. It’s proven that real food promotes more effective learning. If you want better health for your kids the junk food must go. I need to be able to show The President and industry how many of you out there really care about this issue so please don’t wait, sign up today. It will only take 30 seconds.”

SO, I am asking you what do you do to make a Healthier America for your family?

I AM:

1. Planting my Garden

2. Shopping Locally (farmer’s mkts are a great source)

3. Buying ORGANIC even now at Wal Mart

4. Cooking fresh food for my family!

How about you?

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