Fox Trot Farm

Dorper/Katahdin Sheep, Lamb, Fresh Eggs, and HNYB Apiaries

May 28, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Memorial Day Weekend at Fox Trot Farm

***It’s a beautiful Memorial Day Sunday at Fox Trot Farm! Our farm market is open to the public from 1:00-5:00 this afternoon, May 28th, and our guided tour begins at 2:00!***

Home made Amish Friendship Bread and pound cakes all made with our own honey!

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Honey & Beeswax Soap at Fox Trot Farm

Saturday was a very busy day! We now have an apprentice, and I’ll have more about that on a future post. Yesterday was Emily’s second day working with us, and she was a great help. We wormed sheep, vaccinated lambs, and tagged ears, and then cleaned out brooder houses and moved one down to the yard. Emily helped get that project done, too, and helped me move the new chicks into their house. They were so thrilled with all the space, and flitted and fluttered all over their house. You can see them when you come to the farm.

Memorial Day Weekend on Fox Trot Farm

Cookie is our little farm mascot, always ready for a belly rub from friends and strangers alike. She loves children, too. Such a calm and sweet little girl, it’s hard to believe she was a rescue. We are so lucky to have her and she loves her life here on our farm.

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Gracie sure is growing fast! I’ve started halter training her because I won’t always be able to just pick her up to put here where I want her to be. She still follows me around, step for step, and loves cuddles. Getting her back into her pen is a challenge, however, because she’d much rather stay with me. Although she “helps” me with many of my outside chores, I draw the line at her coming into the house (except for a brief visit for me to grab a hat or something like that). She’s not that different from human children in that she doesn’t always understand why I want her to do something, or not do something, but she needs to do what I want even if she doesn’t understand. As she gets bigger and heavier, being able to lead her willingly will be crucial, since she’s going to be one of our farm ambassadors to welcome visitors.

Gracie on Fox Trot Farm

It’s hard to beat our farm fresh eggs because our hens enjoy a life in the sunshine and fresh air of our farm, and it shows in the deep hue of the yolks and tight albumen of the whites. I use them in all my baking because they are so fresh and full of nature’s goodness. We hope you will, too! They are STILL just $3.50/dozen or 4 dozen for $12. Can you believe it?

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This Memorial Day we hope that you will be proud to fly our American flag and remember all those brave Americans who have given their lives so that we may continue to live in the greatest country on Earth. I tuck little flags into tiny corners of our house and we also fly Old Glory proudly from our front porch. It’s such an honor to be an American.

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Come see us on the farm every Sunday afternoon from 1:00-5:00. Our guided tour is at 2:00, and the farm market is full of Granny Bee’s baked goods, our very own processed lamb and fresh free hens’ brown and blue eggs, soaps and spa wash cloths, and lovely items from our Fox Trot Farm Quilt Shop. 

EIEIO!
Debbie 

Peeps on Fox Trot Farm

May 24, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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We have peeps! (And our farm feature on SC ETV!)

Did you see us on Making It Grow on SC ETV? We were very pleased with everything, except Farmer Bob and I both noticed that we are enjoying Granny Bee’s baking a little too much. 😉

If you missed the show, you can find it right HERE. If you’d like to come for a visit, we’re open every Sunday (unless posted here and on our Facebook page) from 1:00-5:00. We do a guided tour at 2:00 for just $5/person and that takes about an hour and a half. (Be sure to wear closed toe shoes because you’ll be walking gentle trails that are gravel and forest floor, and some grass.) There will be lots of goodies in the farm market from Granny Bee’s bakery, soap made from our honey and beeswax, quilted treasures, farm fresh eggs and our delicious processed lamb.

I just love to get peeps in the mail, and this time we got a delivery of 40 little fluffy cuties! It will be 6 months or so till these girls start laying eggs, so we always have to plan ahead. This time we ordered four varieties: Production Reds (for their large brown eggs almost every day), Golden Comets (also for large brown eggs), Araucanas (for their pretty blue-green eggs), and Cuckoo Marans (for their dark chocolate brown colored eggs). Even though they’re still just babies, you can see which chicks are which breed. They fit in one brooder box right now, but they are growing fast and I’ll soon have to split them between two brooder boxes. Keep your fingers crossed that Farmer Bob will get the new hen house built before these little darlings outgrow their brooders! Continue Reading →

Quilts at River's Edge

May 22, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Aunt Ina’s Visit & a Quilty Field Trip with Friends

I’ve been so lucky the past three weeks to have family visiting. First it was my cousin, Jenny, who came down from New Jersey for our Third Annual Homeplace Quilting Retreat. Here’s Jenny with her beautiful Attic Windows quilt:

Jenny with attic windows quilt

Jenny with Attic Windows Quilt

Farmer Bob drove to PA on a Saturday to pick up Aunt Ina, Jenny went home the next morning and Bob and Aunt Ina pulled in that evening. We had a great two weeks together, and they went really fast! Continue Reading →

Fox Trot Farm Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

May 21, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Rainy Afternoon

***We will be open on Memorial Day Sunday for tours and our market will be fully stocked.***

Rainy Afternoon

It’s gonna be a rainy afternoon on Fox Trot Farm, so no tours today, Sunday, May 21. Our market will be open for egg and lamb sales only. We are grateful for the rain on our pastures.  

EIEIO!
Debbie

Fox Trot Farm Rack of Lamb

May 18, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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We’re going to be on TV!

***Tune in to SC ETV at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23rd to see Fox Trot Farm featured on Making It Grow!***

We’re excited to share the good news that our farm is going to be featured on TV next week on the SC ETV (public television) show Making It Grow! You can tune in at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday to watch, or go to their website to watch the full episode after it airs. (Links follow.) Look for SC ETV on your guide…on our DirecTV it’s channel 30.

Last year while Bob and I were visiting the SC State Fair, I spied the show’s host, Amanda McNulty, sitting at the SC ETV booth and I couldn’t wait to meet her in person. (She’s quite a character and a brilliant, nationally acclaimed horticulturalist.) Here is a picture Farmer Bob took of Amanda and me at the fair.

Amanda McNulty at the SC State Fair with Debbie Burgess of Fox Trot Farm

Meeting Amanda McNulty at the SC State Fair

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Mother's Day Visitors to Fox Trot Farm

May 15, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Mother’s Day on Fox Trot Farm

We had a GREAT Mother’s Day on Fox Trot Farm! It started with a delicious breakfast prepared by Farmer Bob. Our own yummy eggs, served with cheesy grits, crispy bacon, and toasted homemade biscuits. On the side was a bowl of fresh strawberries and bananas. What a great way to start the day!

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Then came our farm market and visitors who arrived in time for the 2:00 guided tour! Oh my! What a fun time we had! Farmer Bob and I are usually so busy talking that we forget to take pictures, so we always appreciate when our visitors later share the pictures they take. Here are some that Farmer Bob and I took. The darling little boy, Ollie, was so adorable and excited about all the animals. He heard the lambs bleating and exclaimed, “I hear seeps!!!” hahahaha Continue Reading →

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May 6, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Farm Market Closed Sunday, May 7th

We seldom close our farm market, but we will be closed tomorrow, Sunday May 7th. Our friend and right hand farm gal/farm sitter on Fox Trot Farm, Amy Adams, lost her beloved mother unexpectedly this week and the service for her is tomorrow. That’s Amy on the right and her sister, Sheila, on the left in the picture below. Please keep them in your prayers, and say a special prayer for Mary Marie Bowers as we honor her life on Sunday.

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Call or text me at 803-804-3541 if you would like to come by to get processed lamb or eggs this week. We will return to our regular business hours next Sunday, May 14th, with our farm market open for business from 1:00-5:00, and a guided tour at 2:00. 

We appreciate your business, and look forward to seeing you next Sunday.

Debbie

 

Fox Trot Farm Rack of Lamb

April 24, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Balsamic & Honey Roasted Rack of Lamb

***Pasture raised, grass fed Rack of Lamb now on sale for $16 a pound!***

Balsamic & Honey Roasted Rack of Lamb

Yesterday we enjoyed this Balsamic & Honey Roasted Rack of Lamb, and it was so easy to prepare that I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you. Our racks are already Frenched for you and they’re lean and tender. They have 9 ribs, so you can cut them into individual “lollipops” for appetizers or hors d’oeuvres or, as I did yesterday, slice them in four pieces of 2 ribs each, and one piece will have a “spare” rib. That piece went to Farmer Bob, of course! Here’s the recipe: Continue Reading →

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

April 13, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Pickled Red Beets & Eggs, a PA Dutch Easter Tradition!

***Easter Sunday hours: Farm Market 1:00-5:00; Guided Tour 2:00 p.m.***

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Every Pennsylvania Dutch table is graced with a big platter of pickled red beets and eggs at Easter dinner. It’s a tradition, and I never knew there were any other kind of pickled eggs for most of my life. Sweet and sour and delicately flavored with the beet juice, these sure are delicious and beautiful, too. Here’s how you make them: Continue Reading →

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April 13, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Easter Sunday Tour

***Easter Sunday Farm Market Hours: 1:00-5:00. Guided Tour at 2:00.***

The weather on Easter Sunday is predicted to be just lovely and, since we have a pasture full of adorable newborn lambs, Farmer Bob and I decided to have our regular farm market hours and tour. We don’t have family coming to visit, but we know that a lot of families get together for Easter and might enjoy coming to the farm to enjoy the animals and walk off their big Easter dinner. 

Our Sunday afternoon market hours are from 1:00-5:00, and our guided tour begins at 2:00 on the dot, so if you’re coming, please try to be here about 10 minutes early. Wear closed-toe shoes for strolling through the farm, and be sure to bring your camera or phone. Flowers are blooming, hens are laying, and lambs are bouncing!

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2016-08-18 Cinnamon Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Honey Sticks

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Honey Pound Cakes

Fox Trot Farm Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

EIEIO!
Debbie