Fox Trot Farm

Grass Fed Lamb, Fresh Eggs, Honey, Quilts, Soap, Tours, & Farm Fun!

April 21, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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Our New Hayride Wagon!

Farmer Bob’s been looking for a hay wagon for some time now. He wants to eventually have hay wagon rides for our visitors. Won’t that be fun? He found one and picked it up this past week. Here it is:

Our “new” hay wagon

Isn’t she pretty? It has really good “bones” and all the wood is in excellent shape. He’s ordered new tires, and then he’ll build benches so our visitors will have a comfy place to sit, and rails so nobody will fall off. He’s going to pull it with his cute little vintage tractor. I can’t wait to take a ride! Continue Reading →

MIlking a Nubian Goat

April 15, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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It’s a Blustery Day, a Teacher’s Visit, and Morning Milking

MIlking a Nubian Goat

Milking Marble

I’m milking our two Nubian dairy goats twice a day. Marble and Trist get to decide who comes first. It’s a special quiet time for me and the girls twice a day, especially in the morning. This morning it was Marble who got her head in the gate first. They don’t jump up onto the stand to get milked; they jump up on the stand to eat their breakfast and supper, and the milking is just something they put up with. 🙂

I’m new at milking, and so I don’t know if it’s just my inexperience or a physical issue with Marble, but I find her teats so small that I have trouble with the milking. Trist is an easy handful and I have no trouble with her. I bought a small hand milker to use with Marble and thankfully, she doesn’t mind it at all. The cups fit her small teats and milking goes smoothly and fast, and the milk flows directly into big half gallon jars. Here you can see the hook up closer. It’s really quite a simple milker built by the Dansha dairy family in Florida. Here’s their website if anyone is interested in learning more about their milkers. Continue Reading →

April 14, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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Waxhaw Farmer’s Market

***Our Farm Market and Guided Tour will not be open tomorrow, Sunday, April 15, due to the forecasted severe weather.***

Farmer Bob suggested that we get a table at a local farmer’s market and, since the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market is our FAVORITE local market, I contacted them, made application, our farm was inspected, and we were approved! That was an exciting day for us this past winter, and a bit scary since we’ve never done anything like this before. 

We started in February when the market winter schedule was every other Saturday from 10:00-Noon. We figured this light schedule would give us time to work out our kinks before the crowds and weekly Saturday schedule of the spring, and it did!

EVERY market day in February and March was freezing cold with blustery winds! Most Saturdays in between were warm and sunny…just the way Mother Nature decided to get her kicks, I guess, but we persevered. Opening day for the regular season was Saturday, April 7th, and we packed up our goods and got organized on Friday wearing tee shirts and loving the sun. Dawn broke on opening day to rain and 42 degrees! You can see in the picture below that we still made it, but without our homemade soap since that doesn’t do well in 100% humidity. (Suds, suds, suds!)

Our table on a cold and rainy opening day.

We didn’t realize it, but there are some real die-hard farmer’s market patrons who come out rain or shine, and we had a GREAT opening day in spite of the weather. Today’s market was the best weather we’ve had. It was sunny and warm (but there was that wind again) and we had a very nice crowd and another good day. You can see in this picture that we have changed up our displays a bit. I need to hide all that stuff under the table, don’t I?  Continue Reading →

Fox Trot Farm Leg of Lamb

March 29, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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We have all cuts of lamb in stock!

***Closed Easter Sunday***
Lamb is for sale at our farm on Sundays between 1:00-5:00, by appointment during the week, and at the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market on every other Saturday between 10:00-Noon during their winter schedule.

It’s a lot of work for Farmer Bob and me to raise sheep, but this is why we do it: our small flock lamb meat is the best tasting because of how they live in the sunshine and rolling hills of our farm. We process them at a certified humane facility and a USDA inspector ensures they are healthy, and his stamp on the meat is that guarantee to our customers that they are getting a superior product. We are certified meat handlers by the state of South Carolina. Our freezer is restocked with lamb for sale!

Leg of Lamb: $9.99/lb. Weighs in between 4 and 6 pounds. Lean, tender, bone in without the shank, so your roast will fit easily in your cooking vessel. Roast low and slow or hot and dry, take the meat off the bone and marinate to grill like a steak. Lots of great possibilities! Click HERE for our favorite recipe for oven roasted leg of lamb, or HERE for our favorite recipe to grill like a steak. Continue Reading →

March 11, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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Another Rainy Sunday

It’s another rained out Sunday here on Fox Trot Farm, so there will be no market or guided tour. Come see us during the week by appointment or at the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market on Saturday and our regular farm market next Sunday. We hope it’ll be a pretty day then.

This morning before the rain, the kids ran outside to play.

Then the rain began to fall and everyone ran back to the barn.

Rosie’s babies are all snuggled into their straw bed in the stall with their mother. Let it rain!

Come see us and all the cuteness on our farm! We’ll be open for business (weather permitting) next Sunday afternoon.

EIEIO!
Debbie

March 6, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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What’s Happening on the Farm

Wow! It sure has been a long time since I’ve updated this blog, and I’m going to try to do better.

We’ve been busy!

Nubian Dairy Goat & Babies

Trista and her babies

Trista, our Nubian doe, had triplets on a Friday, and then on Sunday, right during our farm market hours, Marble had hers. Our farm visitors got to watch the miracle of birth. Continue Reading →

Cranberry Christmas Lamb Meatballs

December 6, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Perfect for Entertaining! Lamb Meatballs in Cranberry Pinot Noir Sauce

Here’s our favorite holiday party or weeknight dinner recipe because it’s so easy and delicious, Fox Trot Farm Lamb Meatballs in Cranberry Pinot Noir Sauce. Perfect timing, too, since our own ground lamb will be on sale for $5.99 a pound through Christmas or until sold out. Give me a call (803-804-3541) or stop in on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 when our farm market is open.

Cranberry Christmas Lamb Meatballs

Cranberry Pinot Noir Lamb Meatballs

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Cranberry Christmas Lamb Meatballs

December 1, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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9th Annual Country Christmas Trunk Show at Old McCaskill’s Farm!

***Come see us this coming Sunday, December 3rd, at Old McCaskills’ Farm in Rembert!***

We are so excited that Fox Trot Farm has been invited back to Old McCaskill’s Farm for another fantastic Country Christmas Trunk Show! This year we will be joining SIXTY vendors (Wow!) to make this a fun Christmas shopping experience for everyone. We’ll have our honey and special honey gifts, our freshly made honey and beeswax soaps, soap dishes and honey pots, spa cloths, Granny Bee’s dish cloths, and beautiful quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, runners, and pot holders priced just right for gift giving. The hours are this coming Sunday, December 3rd, from 1:00-6:00. This beautiful farm and B&B are just south of Camden and is a beautiful drive through the country. We hope to see our regular customers there! Here’s the address:

Old McCaskill’s Farm
377 Cantey Lane
Rembert, SC 29128

OMFtrunkshow

Our farm will be closed Sunday since I’ll be sending all our goods to Old McCaskill’s Farm, but we’ll be open again on Sunday, December 10th with special holiday pricing on all our lamb. I’ll be sharing holiday recipes to get you in the spirit and, to get your mouth watering, here’s a picture of our favorite Cranberry Christmas Lamb Meatballs, made with our own lamb, honey, and eggs. Stay tuned, because this is the first recipe I’ll be sharing in the coming week! Continue Reading →

Apple Crisp

November 11, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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What a beautiful day it has been on FTF, and recipes for a cold evening.

I can’t get over how beautiful this day has been! Farmer Bob is home and so he did the chores outside so I could concentrate on other duties inside, although I wouldn’t have minded a bit spending this day outside in that brisk, sunny weather.

I worked on quilting two table runners to sell at an upcoming farm event. They’re Christmas themed and I’m really happy with how they are turning out. They are reversible and I’m not sure yet what the pricing will be, but not too much. I used a pretty gold viscose thread that has a shine. Christmas things should sparkle, don’t you think?

Here’s part of the front of the table runner:

Christmas Table Runner Front

Christmas Table Runner Front

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Hungarian Lamb Soup

November 9, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Quick Hungarian Lamb Soup & It’s the Little Things that Count

Hungarian Lamb Soup

Quick Hungarian Lamb Soup a la Fox Trot Farm

This week is definitely SOUP weather. It’s chilly and rainy here on Fox Trot Farm…nothing to complain about since we are still way below average for our rain totals this year, and thankfully not cold enough to wear gloves, but the only animals that like this weather are the ducks. 🙂

I was in the midst of soap making yesterday when Farmer Bob called to tell me his flight had landed and yes, he sure would like supper when he gets home. Yikes! I cleaned up my soaping mess and found a recipe for lamb soup from Saveur magazine. Here’s the original recipe, and it looks good, but boy oh boy, I sure didn’t have enough time to make this, and didn’t even have all the ingredients. Instead, I did some short cuts and substitutions, and Farmer Bob pronounced it DELICIOUS and worth making again. (When he likes a recipe I make, there are always lots of sound effects that accompany dinner! haha) Here’s my version for you to try. (I especially love the method of mixing the flour with the sour cream to keep it from curdling in the soup.) Continue Reading →