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.
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.
***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
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 →
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?
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 →
Saturdays are always work days for us since Bob is home and we can do projects together. This past Saturday I had a huge bunch of freshly dug red beets to process, too, and Christmas pot holders to finish for our market and events at Thames Farm later this month and Old McCaskills’ Farm in early December. Farmer Bob planned to finish some projects outside and take a nice long nap on the couch while the Breeders Cup horse races were on TV. The best-laid plans…….
Last week I had a text message inquiring about our tours, and I missed the part where she said she was thinking of bringing her family on Saturday, and she missed the part where I said our guided tours are on Sunday! It all worked out PERFECTLY, though, because when the two cars pulled in around 2:00, both Farmer Bob and I were at a good stopping point, and we had the most enjoyable time with this friendly family of six….the eldest was 93 years old, and the youngest about 10 years old!
I love watching our visitors the first time they are with our laying hens and three roosters. I guess it might be a bit overwhelming, but children learn a good lesson about being calm and moving slow, because if they do something abruptly, the whole flock scatters. It’s immediate feedback!
I think this little girl was a little uncertain about reaching into the nest boxes to pick up eggs, so Farmer Bob showed her how.
Our flock of sheep has gotten large…way more than we need to sell meat, and more than our pastures can handle, so off to the sale barn we went yesterday for the first time with 15 of our young sheep.
We started off the morning by putting ear tags on them (required as part of a tracking program). Then Farmer Bob pulled our little tag-along horse trailer into the pasture. Guess who thought he was going for a ride to get put in the pasture with his girlfriends? (Sorry Eddie! This ride’s not for you today!)
Isn’t this a creepy coyote parade.. and on our farm and just yards away from our sheep? A friend of ours set up his game camera and this is the sight he brought over for us to see on Friday. Of course, we KNOW they are out there because we hear them and we see the way our guardian dogs sometimes go crazy with running the fence and barking during the day and night. But to SEE them in this picture just sends shivers up my spine!
Coyotes in the Night
Look at this picture below. See the upper right corner where the bracing posts are? Just on the other side of those is the path the coyotes in the above picture took before they entered the woods. They were THAT close to the sheep. And they could easily climb the fence. THIS is why we have our livestock guardian dogs. Their barking makes the coyotes think twice about attempting to make a meal out of our sheep.Continue Reading →
Our eggs make GREAT omelets due to the high quality of our chicken’s diet and all the fresh air and sunshine they enjoy. Let me tell you how our most recent omelet masterpiece began: with me craving French Onion Soup with caramelized onions! I LOVE caramelized onions! Golden brown and so sweet, caramelized onions are so yummy, but who wants to stand and stir a pot for 45 minutes or more? Here’s a cooking hack I’ve been seeing and finally tried yesterday: Caramelized Onions in a Crock Pot!
Start with a crock pot full of sliced yellow onions. I used my food processor to slice enough onions to fill up my 4 quart crock pot. (This picture is after they’ve cooked down a bit…)
Start with a crock pot heaped to overflowing with sliced raw yellow onions
Drizzle the onions with a couple tablespoons of canola oil or other neutral flavor oil and a couple pats of butter, and sprinkle with a half teaspoon or so of salt. You can sprinkle with a little sugar if you want, but I didn’t. Close the lid and set your Crock Pot to low heat and walk away. After 5 hours or so, stir the onions and close the lid and walk away again. I REALLY walked away and went to a basket making class. Here’s what I made while my Crock Pot was working. 🙂Continue Reading →