Fox Trot Farm

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

Lamb Bones for Broth

May 10, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
0 comments

Sale on Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Lamb Bones!

***Lamb bones, ribs, liver and other offal just $1.99 a pound! Fill up your freezer!***
We won’t be at the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market this Saturday, but will be here at the farm for egg and lamb sales every day.

We’re getting ready for our participation in the Ag-Art Tour of farms and ag businesses, so we won’t be at the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market till July 14th. when we’ll have our fresh harvest of honey. We also won’t be having our regular Sunday farm market hours till June 9/10, the weekend of the county-wide Ag-Art tour. (We hope you put that on your calendar and plan to come visit us for all the festivities. More about that in a later post.)

This morning I ordered a new freezer, and I need to clean out our big chest freezer, so we are having a great sale on lamb bones, ribs, liver and other offal. Please help me clean out our freezer! Your choice, just $1.99/lb.! Now is the time to stock up on bones for bone broth! Once these are gone, we won’t be restocking till October. Remember, our animals are pasture raised on grass and sunshine, and processed at a Certified Humane & USDA inspected facility.  Just give me a call or text me so that I can be sure to be home when you come to the farm. My cell # is 803-804-3541. I expect we will sell out quickly!

Lamb Bones for Broth

Meaty Bones for Broth

Continue Reading →

Strawberry Shortcake

May 7, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
0 comments

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe, and Tired Farmers

Were we ever glad last evening that there was leftover strawberry shortcake for supper!  We spent 8 hours working the sheep and doing farm chores, and boy, were we dirty and tired by the time we finished. I still had to milk and sure didn’t feel like cooking supper, so we had some Retreat Soup (leftover from the quilting retreat) and strawberry shortcake with strawberries from Rich Hill Farms. You’ll find my recipe for the cake at the end of this post. Continue Reading →

bucket of fresh strawberries

May 6, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
4 Comments

Farm Tours, Fresh Strawberries, & Strawberry Shortcake

***Farm Tours and Sunday Farm Market Hours Postponed Until June 9th & 10th.***

Fox Trot Farm will be participating in the Ag-Art Tour for the first time this year and boy, do we have a lot of work to do to get ready! Since it’s just Farmer Bob and me doing most of the work here on the farm, and since Farmer Bob hasn’t retired from his “paying” job, we will be busy every single weekend getting ready for our big weekend. We sure hope you will plan to come enjoy our farm on June 9th or 10th. We’ll have the hay ride wagon ready, and there will be local artists set up here at the farm. Our farm market will be open with lots of goodies to enjoy!

 We are currently sold out of lamb and honey, but we have plenty of eggs, so if you would like to come pick up our fresh brown and blue eggs, just text or call me to make sure I’m home. Our eggs are always $3.50 here on the farm. What a great deal! And they are so fresh that you can stock up for the month. My cell # is 803-804-3541.

 

Have you been to Rich Hill Farms yet to pick up your strawberries? They are so fresh and sweet! Just look at the green caps on each berry. Fresh berries have caps that are green and not brown and wilted. That’s how you can tell they were just picked. For $14 you get a gallon of these beauties and you get to keep the great bucket, too! Or take it back to them for recycling. They have a beautiful market building, and currently have a nice variety of vegetables from their farm and also from the state farmers market in Columbia. You can find this family-owned and run farm at 3061 Rocky River Rd., Heath Springs, South Carolina 29058. That’s just a few miles south of Lancaster. Easy to find and so worth the trip!

bucket of fresh strawberries

Bucket ‘O Berries!

Continue Reading →

strawberry from the ivy place

April 29, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
0 comments

Quilting, Strawberries, and Farm Market Closed on Sunday, 4/29

***Our Farm Market and Tour Closed Today***

Just look at this strawberry Farmer Bob brought home from the Waxhaw Farmers’ Market on Saturday!

strawberry from the ivy place

Strawberry from The Ivy Place farm

It was DELICIOUS! This morning I sliced up 2 cups of these gorgeous berries to make strawberry bread this evening. Our annual quilting retreat got off to a great start yesterday morning and we’re having a fun tea party on Wednesday, so I’m making little tea sandwiches from the strawberry bread, and I’ll fill them with our fresh chevre that I’ve made from Marble and Trist’s milk. I’ll post the recipe for the bread in another upcoming blog post, so stay tuned!

Poor Rosie has been very sick and I’ve been so worried about her. She had a cut on her udder, and then developed mastitis when bacteria entered through the wound into the tissue deep in her udder. I’ve heard of mastitis before but, since having dairy animals of any kind is new to us, this is the first time we are dealing with this potentially deadly illness. Continue Reading →

April 21, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
3 Comments

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
3 Comments

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
0 comments

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
0 comments

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
0 comments

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
2 Comments

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 →