Friday, September 26, 2014

We still have a few more vegetable CSA memberships available!

Our fall vegetable CSA program starts this Wednesday. 

We only have a few more days to sign up for our vegetable CSA membership.  Sign up now!


We're ready for a season of great fall vegetables and plump roasting chickens.

Become of a member of our farm. 

Sign up for our Fall Community Supported Agriculture!

Check out our vegetable and chicken shares that we have available.

Join our farm membership for fall vegetables every week October 1st-November 5th.
Or purchase a chicken share and receive chickens in October, November, and December.
Stock up for winter!


It is roast chicken weather!

We've got a fine selection of big, beautiful 4.25 pound roasting chickens from our fall flock.

~Marie's Kitchen Chicken Tip
For whole chickens, loosen all the skin over the breast with your fingers. Just put your fingers under the skin at the neck, pull, and separate the skin from the breast.  Then stuff the herb, salt, and garlic mixture that you use for the outside of the chicken all over the breast.  This makes a nice herb infused roast chicken breast.  Your herb rub doesn't soak through skin when you just rub it on the outside, so this step literally packs flavor right onto the meat.


Don't know how to cook a whole chicken?
Does the breast dry out before the thighs are done? 

Check out our Herb Roasted Chicken recipe, and see Marie's extra tip for getting the breast and thighs done to perfection at the same time.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Community Supported Agriculture

2014 Fall Community Supported Agriculture
We have vegetable share and chicken share membership options this fall.

Please read the descriptions and pickup location details below...and then sign up! >>>Sign Up Here<<<

Sign up now for the fall vegetable membership; the fall vegetable CSA starts soon!


Fall Vegetable Share
Every Wednesday: October 1st- November 5th
A subscription to Bluebird Farm allows you to share our harvest! Members buy a "share" of our harvest and receive an assortment of seasonal, fresh, vegetables and herbs weekly for 6 weeks from October 1st-November 5th. 
 The mix of vegetables in the fall will be all kinds of greens from kale to collards to arugula.  There will also be root type vegetables like winter squash, sweet potatoes, radishes, carrots, and scallions.  
Fall vegetable share: $120 ($20 week, average) 



Fall Chicken Share
Small shares of 6 chickens
Large shares of 12 chickens

The fall chicken share is a great way to get our tasty chickens every month in October, November, and December! The fall chicken share is best for folks who have a smaller freezer or not much empty space in their chest freezer.
Get the special CSA chicken price of $5.75 lb for whole chickens and $9.50 lb for entire cut-up chickens!
Bluebird Farm pastured broiler chickens are fed certified organic non-GMO grains.  Our chicken tastes great! Do you want robust, flavorful chicken? We raise a hearty outdoor chicken breed outside on fresh pastures in clean air.  Meat from healthy, happy birds takes on a whole different flavor and texture-it tastes like chicken for a change! 
Our chickens are frozen and sealed in heavy duty vacuum sealed packaging.  Chicken keeps without freezer burn for at least 6 months in the vacuum packaging.  
At pickup, you can select whole chickens and/or cut-up chickens. Our CSA prices are $5.75 lb for whole chickens and $9.50 per pound for an entire cut-up chicken.  A cut up chicken includes 2 boneless breasts, 2 leg quarters, and 2 wings. 
How it works:
As a 2014 Chicken CSA member, you pre-pay a portion of your total chicken price when joining, and you use that pre-paid CSA credit at each chicken pick-up.  
Pick-up your chickens once a month in October, November, and December.  At each pick-up, you select your chickens, we apply your pre-paid CSA credit, and you pay the balance of the total for that pick-up.
Small Share.  6 chickens total.  $120 pre-paid member credit. This gives you a $40 credit towards 2 chickens at each of the 3 distributions.
  • 2 chickens every month in October, November, and December. (This gives you a $120 credit towards 6 chickens through the fall season. )
Large Share: 12 chickens total. $240 pre-paid member credit. This gives you an $80 credit towards 4 chickens at each of the 3 distributions.
  • 4 chickens every month in October, November, and December. (This gives you a $120 credit towards 12 chickens through the fall season. )
Example: You purchase a Small Share of 6 chickens and pay $120 at the beginning of the year.  This gives you a $40 credit at each of the 3 distributions. (2 whole chickens per month).
At the first chicken pick-up in October, you select your 2 chickens, and they weigh 3.95 and 4.25 lbs.  The total for those chickens is $49.20, but since you are a CSA member and you pre-paid $40 per pickup, your new total is $9.20.
 Chicken sizes: The exact weight of each chicken varies. The chickens range in size from 3.5 to 5 lbs. Whole chickens are $5.75 per pound for CSA members. You select your chickens at pick-up, but we won’t be able to reserve certain sizes of chickens.



Fall Pickup Locations


Bluebird Farm
Directions to the farm available at www.BluebirdFarmNC.com 
Vegetables: Oct. 1st-Nov 5. Pick up your vegetable share every Wednesday from 4-6pm at Bluebird Farm. Pickup your box of veggies in the walk-in fridge at the barn. 

Chickens***: Pickup your chicken shares once a month in October, November, and December.
  • October: Pickup at our farm from 4-6pm.  
  • November and December: Pickup in downtown Morganton at Fonta Flora Brewery from 5-6pm. (Farmers get a night on the town!  ;)
***Please remember, if you've signed up for a chicken share, you'll need to pickup your chicken share once at Bluebird Farm in mid October, and twice in Morganton (November and December)



Morganton
Please thank the kind people at Morganton Natural Foods for hosting our CSA pickup location!
Vegetables: Pick up your vegetable share and egg share every Wednesday from 4-6pm in Morganton at Morganton Natural Foods at 306 South Sterling St. 

Chickens: Pickup your chicken shares once a month in October, November, and December.
  • October: Pickup at our farm from 4-6pm.  
  • November and December: Pickup in downtown Morganton at Fonta Flora Brewery from 5-6pm. (Farmers get a night on the town!  ;)


Hickory
VegetablesPick up your vegetable share every Wednesday in Hickory.
  • October 1st-29th:Pickup at our market stand at the Wednesday Hickory Farmers Market from 10-3pm.  
  • Final veggie pickup is on November 4th at Youssef 242 Restaurant from noon-2pm. (Farmers' Market will have ended)
Pick up your box as early as possible during the market to ensure the freshest produce.
Chickens: Pickup your chicken shares once a month in October, November, and December in Hickory.
  • October: Pickup at our market stand at the Wednesday Hickory Farmers Market from 10-3pm.  
  • November and December: Pickup at Youssef 242 Restaurant from noon-2pm. (Farmers' Market will have ended)

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
Pickup your share(s) at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8am-noon.  

Vegetables: Oct. 1st-Nov 5. Pick up your vegetable share every Saturday from 8am-noon.
ChickensPickup your chicken shares once a month in October, November, and December from 8am-noon. 








Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Flying Coop and Storm Destruction



We had a 30 minute storm that has really affected the farm Monday afternoon.  (Silver Creek property, not where CSA pickup their boxes or where our freezers are. We had no damage at the Bluebird Drive property.) We had 50-60 mph sideways winds, hail, and a torrential downpour.  The fast moving storm made a sudden 180 degree twist of direction while over the farm (and us.) We all took cover in the tractor shed and hoped that the tall tulip tree didn’t come down on us. In the meantime, 3 giant walnuts at the top of the farm were ripped up.   

Here’s the damage report: Our 5 ton chicken coop wagon was picked up and pushed 100 feet away down into a creek drainage. Almost all of the animals on the farm were okay- all except for 15 hens that died.  Our eggplant and pepper hoophouse was folded in half, and our 4 tomato hoophouses had their 100 feet x 30 feet of plastic ripped off.  One of our piglet huts that weighs about 1000 pounds was picked up and flipped upside down. The piglets were not in the house at the time. The one acre of fall vegetables is shredded up.  A majority of the plants should survive, but it is too soon to see if their ability to thrive and produce much food is ruined. 

We’ve never experienced a storm like this, but we are very lucky that we have escaped without any physical harm to ourselves and without and long lasting damage to our farm.  We just been picking up the pieces today and putting them back together.  

This is all of us feeling a little lucky that we aren't out in the storm! The storm was wild to watch! Clockwise from top left: Hannah, William, Keegan, and Melissa. 
Yes Hannah and Keegan are sitting on kids go carts!









It took  2 tractors, 1 skid steer, and 1 dump truck to pull it out without flipping.



We have 6 hoophouses....1 is badly damaged, but we can salvage parts.




William is in stock still...

Shredded fall crops









Yes those are little bits of shredded kale on the ground




Friday, August 22, 2014

Peach and Tomato Salsa

Charlotte Farmers Market












Peach and Tomato Salsa Recipe










Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: Varies by season
Serving: 6-8
The peaches were delicious in this salsa. I like that peach salsa is a little less acidic than a regular tomato salsa. Not only is it really good as an appetizer with tortilla chips, it's also really good as a topping for fish or pork; who would have thought? ;)
Ingredients
·         1 lb tomatoes, diced
·         1 bell pepper (4 oz), seeded and finely diced
·         2 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
·         1 medium onion, finely diced
·         1½ lbs peaches, diced
·         ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
·         2 Tbsp lime juice
·         1½ tsp salt, or to taste
·         ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste
Instructions
1.    Chop tomatoes and transfer them to a large bowl.
2.    Finely chop seeded bell pepper and jalapeƱos. Finely chop onion and transfer all your veggies to the bowl.
3.    Dice the peaches. I liked the slightly larger dice for peaches to give them more of the center stage in this salsa. No need to peel them. You won't notice the peels and the color is prettier with the peel on. Transfer peaches to your bowl.
4.    Add Chopped cilantro, 2 Tbsp lime juice, 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro, 2 Tbsp lime juice, 1½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Add more salt and pepper to taste if desired. Fold everything together until well mixed and enjoy!


Cherry tomatoes




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beer Brats

Beer Bratwurst Sausage

Would you like that with a mustard sauce?

Gently simmer a Bratwurst sausage in a light beer for  a few minutes. Then finish the Bratwurst grill. You can also switch the links to a dry skillet or put the sausage under the broiler.   

You need about 1/2 of a can or bottle of a light beer- Yuengling, Budweiser, Highland Razor Wit or any light beer that you have. (No IPAs or dark beers, please!) Put 6-8 ounces and the sausage links in a pan, put a lid on, and heat to med-low. Simmering gently are the key words. You should see some little bubbles once the beer is heated, and you can flip the sausages several times.   You don't have to fully cook the sausage this way, just get the sausage mostly cooked.  Gently simmer the sausages for about 8 minutes and then finish cooking the sausages until the links are nice and crisp and the pink is cooked out.

Don't cook for too long- our sausages are flavorful and they are lean, so you don't want to dry them out. 

Chicago Beer Brat Mustard Sauce:

Take 1/2 bottle of Dijon or stone ground mustard (8-10 ounce bottle and put in a small sauce pan. Add 1/2 cup of the hot beer after you've simmered the bratwurst. Stir the mixture at a medium heat, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes until the the mixture thickens.  You may turn down the mustard and beer mixture anytime you need to check on the brats on the grill.

 Enjoy your Chicago Beer Brat Mustard Sauce on each bite of your Bratwurst!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Order Your Lamb Pack Now!

GRASS-FED LAMB

We have a few lamb packs available now for pickup this Saturday and a few other dates.


 Hurry, order right now! See below for our ordering details. Our lamb packs sell quickly! If you miss out this time, we’ll have more lamb packs ready around October.
 Our lambs are raised on grass pastures. No grain for fattening.  Fat from grass pastures only.  Rotationally grazing for healthy land and healthy animals.

 Lamb Packs:
Vacuum-sealed, frozen.
Approx. 1/3 of a lamb.  You’ll get a great variety of amazing cuts of lamb for roasting, stewing, broiling, and grilling. Vacuum-sealed, frozen.
 Approx $175.
1 leg of lamb roast (average 2.75 lbs) •2 packs thick lamb rib chops- 2 chops/pack (0.85 lb/pack)
•2 packages of thick lamb loin chops-2 chops/ pack, (0.55 lb/ pack) •4 packs of ground lamb (1 lb/pack)
•2 packs of lamb stew/kabob meat (1 lb packs) •1  free pack of meaty riblets for broth 

Pickup:
8/2 Sat. Hickory Farmers Market, 8-noon
8/2 Sat. Morganton Farmers Market,  8-noon
8/2 Sat. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 8-noon
8/6 Wed. Hickory Farmers Market, 10-3pm
8/6 Wed. Bluebird Farm 4-6pm
8/9 Sat. Hickory Farmers Market, 8-noon
8/9 Sat. Morganton Farmers Market, 8-noon
8/9 Sat. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 8-noon

Pay at pickup with check or cash.  No deposit necessary.
Each Lamb Pack costs approximately $175, however the actual total of your Lamb Pack can be between $160-$190 after your lamb is weighed and prices are calculated.  Since we organize and total the lamb packs just before market, we can’t have a total ready for you by phone or email in advance of the pickup date.  

Order Now: 
Please email by 1pm Friday 8/1 for pickup Saturday, 8/2. All other orders after 1pm can be picked up either Wed 8/6 or Sat 8/9.  Please email back BluebirdFarmNC@gmail.com with the following information:

1. Name, Pickup Location and Date.
2. Number of lamb packs.
3. Requests for any additional items of lamb with your lamb pack. First come, first serve. (ie: additional 2 lbs ground lamb and 1 leg of lamb roast)  We will try our best to accommodate these requests, but we pack any additional items just before market, so additional items will be a surprise! We will add them to your lamb pack total.

Lamb Prices per pound for Lamb Packs and additional lamb items
Ground Lamb        $11/ lb
Lamb Kabob           $11/ lb
Leg of lamb roast  $14/ lb
Lamb Chops           $19/ lb