Come See Us!

This is just a note to let you know we will be at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market Saturday (9th) from 10:00 until 2:00. It is supposed to be warmer and sunny so maybe conditions will be more comfortable than the last few weeks.

We have a fresh supply of all cuts of USDA grass fed Jersey beef.

Also, we have our usual greens and fresh free range farm eggs.

Come visit with us at the market!

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market Offerings

Two weeks ago there were snow showers at the market so our thanks to those who cane out to see us. The weatherman is hinting of a chance of more snowflakes this Saturday but we are going to get ready to try again. We plan to be at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market on Saturday from 10:00 until 2:00.

Kale is probably at its peak in flavor right now and we plan to have all three kinds – red, black, and green. There is also some collards and small amounts of other greens.

We have several dozen fresh free-range farm eggs.

In USDA grass fed Jersey beef we have plenty of ground beef, various steaks, ribs, etc. We are temporarily out of roast.

It is hard to believe it is only about three weeks until spring is officially here! We have been busy planting in the greenhouses and will hopefully have early spring greens and plants ready for you soon.

Hope to see you at the market!

Blessings

Hope to see you at the market this weekend!

Due to winter weather, it has been a few weeks since we were at the farmers market. Saturday (Feb. 9) is supposed to be a bit milder so we are planning to be at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market from 9:00 until 3:00.

We have three kinds of kale, red winter cabbage, broccoli, and perhaps small amounts of other greens from the garden.

The freezer is stocked with most cuts of USDA grass fed Jersey beef.

We have several dozen free range farm eggs.

Hope to see you at the market!

Perfect Patio Garden Plants!

We have been real busy at the farm and I haven’t had time to write a news letter lately. Actually, I have been writing for another project so with my limited creative abilities it is hard to do both. But we need to catch you up on the latest from the farm.

We have several new subscribers to the listserv so welcome to you.

When it finally warmed up last week everything in the garden just went crazy growing! We have lots of huge heads of romaine lettuce, plenty of broccoli, beautiful Swiss chard, arugula, mesclun mix, red kale, and cabbage by the weekend. I think there will be some zephyr squash ready and we have a few naturally grown strawberries. Of course everything we grow is without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

According to an article in the NY Times the government is going to restart a process that began 35 years ago to ban the routine use of certain antibiotics in confined animal feeding operations. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/health/fda-is-ordered-to-restrict-use-of-antibiotics-in-livestock.html
It is about time in our opinion. We do not use antibiotics or growth hormones in any of our animals.

We have a good supply of USDA grass fed Jersey beef. Our laying hens are happy so we have several dozen free range farm eggs.

Currently, hours at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market are Tuesday through Friday (10:00 until 2:00); Saturday (8:00 until 4:00); Sunday (10:00 until 3:00). We are in space 74, farmers area 2.

Come and check our our selection of naturally grown vegetable plants and herbs for your garden or patio.

It is always great to see you at the market so we hope you will come visit with us this week!

Ground Beef with No Fillers!

The warm spring continues and we have begun planting some cold sensitive crops in the field. It might come a cold snap yet so we are not going to over-do it for right now. We do have some heirloom tomato plants, zephyr squash, green zucchini, and little leaf pickling type cucumbers for sale. You might want to be able to cover them if frost threatens. We still have a good selection of cool season plants and herbs that are cold hardy.

Some time ago we wrote about the big meat processors using meat glue to utilize meat trimmings and form them into expensive roasts by gluing them together. Even experienced chefs have a hard time telling the difference from the real thing by looking at them.

Recently, a product called ‘pink slime’ has been the news. This is trimmings that normally would be discarded to the dog food bin that are processed and added to ground beef. The pieces are ground, soaked in an ammonia solution, washed, then mixed into ground beef. Up to about a third of ground beef can be ‘pink slime’ and the FDA requires no labeling. Anything that contains commercial ground beef may contain this filler. A few grocery stores and restaurants have said they won’t sell ground beef containing ‘pink slime’ but how are you going to know since it is not labeled? Here is an article: http://www.naturalnews.com/035255_pink_slime_USDA_school_lunches.html

Ground beef from Peterson is all beef with no fillers, preservatives, or by-products. In fact, it is so good you will think you are eating ground steak!

On another note biotech giant BASF is locating its headquarters in Raleigh, NC after essentially being booted out of Germany. Most Europeans will not buy or plant genetically modified seeds (GMO’s). The company discontinued development of genetically altered seeds intended for Europe and moved here where the door is wide open for GM crops since the USDA does not require any labeling of GMO’s. Here is the article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/20/Germany-rejects-gmo-food.aspx?e_cid=20120320_DNL_art_1

At Peterson Farm, we do not have plants, seeds, vegetables, or anything that is genetically modified (GMO). In fact, organic does not allow GMO’s and we follow organic production standards.

We have a good stock of USDA grass fed Jersey beef in all cuts. Right now we have short ribs on sale at buy three and get one free.

There is a good supply of free range farm eggs.

From the garden we have red kale, green kale, collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, and leaf lettuce.

In addition to the plants mentioned above, we have large tomato plants in gallon pots and hanging baskets of bush pickle cucumber along with tumbling tom cherry tomatoes in red and yellow.

Hours at the Piedmont Triad Farmers market are Tuesday through Friday (10:00 until 2:00); Saturday (8:00 until 4:00); Sunday (10:00 until 3:00). We are in space 74, farmers area 2.

We hope to see you at the market!

Come Get Early Plants At Their Prime

I am late getting this email out again. Maybe it is spring fever due to the warm weather. However, we have been busy getting the market space set up for daily operations, planting in the field and in the greenhouse.

We are in the same space at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market ( booth 74, farmers area 2). For the next couple of weeks our hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 until 2:00; Saturday 8:00 until 4:00; Sunday 10:00 until 3:00.

Debra is back to help you during the week. She is doing fine and says she is glad to be back and looks forward to seeing you.

We have a good amount of USDA grass fed Jersey beef and free range farm eggs.

Spring greens are tender and sweet but with the warm weather the over wintered ones will bolt so won’t be around too long. So get them while you can. We are planting more but it will be a while before they are ready.

We have several herb and early vegetable plants for you. There is some large tomato plants in gallon pots that should give you an early start on some home grown tomatoes. Varieties are German Johnson, big beef, and bush early girl. The bush early girl is designed for containers or small gardens.

Hanging baskets or containers are just the ticket for people that have limited space and we have some dwarf vegetable plants just for that purpose. Tumbling tom cherry tomatoes work well in hanging baskets. Patio and red robin cherry are suitable for containers. We also have some bush pickle cucumbers that work for hanging baskets or containers.

This early in the spring cold sensitive plants should be placed in a warm sunny location and protected from a cold north wind. In case of frost or freeze danger they should be taken into shelter or well covered to prevent damage. But it is possible to have tomatoes, etc. a month or so earlier with the right management.

Well, it’s time to get to work with preparation for Market. We hope to see your smiles soon.

Blessings,

Joe Peterson

The Early Spring Greens are Beautiful!

What a beautiful couple of days! We have seen mocking birds, blue birds, and some other kinds of birds we are not familiar with that are probably just passing through. I suppose they are telling us spring is on the way. Even though it feels like spring the calendar tells us there is still almost a month left of winter.

Some rain is supposed to come in and it will return to seasonal temperatures tomorrow. I hope we don’t have bad storms.

Early spring greens are beautiful right now and as always they are tender and sweet. We have red kale, green kale, broccoli, collards, upland cress, turnip greens, and curly mustard. Also, there is some turnip roots and red winter cabbage.

We have a new supply of USDA grass fed Jersey beef and have all cuts available. In free range chicken we have a few small whole chickens, boneless/skinless breast, wings, and backs/necks.

There are plenty of fresh free range farm eggs.

We plan to be at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market tomorrow from 9:00 until 3:00. The temperatures are forecast to return to normal with breezy conditions so everyone will want to wear their winter clothing.

We hope to see you at the market.

Hope to See You on Saturday!

We plan to be at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market Saturday from 9:00 until possibly 1:00. The weather forecast is for high winds and turning much colder in the afternoon so we will plan on leaving earlier than usual. It looks like we are in for some winter temperatures for a few days.

From the garden we plan to have red kale, green kale, broccoli, and turnip roots.

There will be our grass fed jersey beef and free range chicken along with quite a few dozen free range farm eggs.

We will look for you at the market.

Warm Weather Means We’ll Be the Farmers Market

The warm weather is still with us so we are planning to be at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market Saturday from 9:00 until 3:00. Hopefully the rain will stay away until later in the evening.

Time is moving on and it won’t be long until spring is here. We are already beginning to start some seeds in the greenhouse. Although some days feel warm enough to plant in the field we have to remember it is still mid winter by the calendar. We can still have cold winter weather.

We have added another greenhouse this year so there will be room for more plants, herbs, and pre season vegetables. Market demand for more organically grown products seems to be on the increase so we want to provide all we can for you.

We have red kale, green kale, collards, upland cress, broccoli, and turnip roots from the garden.

There is most cuts of USDA grass fed Jersey beef and free range chicken in our freezers.

The laying hens are happy with the weather and slightly longer days and are laying lots of eggs for us. We have quite a few dozen for sale.

The last couple of Saturdays have been very good for sales and we are looking forward to seeing you this week at the market.

Real Food!

We have taken off from the market for two or three weeks hoping to get some rest after a busy season. Of course, the ‘rest’ part has not gone so well. We have all the things we put off until now to catch up on as well as some other projects. We have more things to do than we will ever get done! It looks like we will have to come back to the market so we can rest!

Any way, we are planning to be at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market on Saturday from 9:00 until 3:00. I know it is supposed to rain but the temperature is forecast to be in the 60′s. Hopefully, some of you are needing to purchase some things from us and won’t mind a little rain.

We will have some kale, collards, curly mustard, upland cress, and Savoy cabbage from the garden.

We have all the regular types of free range pasture raised chicken. There is a good selection of USDA grass fed Jersey beef except we are out of fillet and rib eye steaks.

Our laying hens are producing more eggs now so we have a good amount of free range farm eggs.

Here’s hoping you will come out to see us on our first market day of the new year.