Fox Trot Farm

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

July 20, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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Doing Hot Farm Chores in a Drought

What a shock it was to come back from the coolness of the mountains and jump right into gathering up all the sheep for worming! We’ve been in a heat wave and drought, and chores are REALLY a chore in this weather. See how dry the grass is?

Our pastures are fescue and mixed grasses, including Bermuda. The heat sends the fescue into a dormant state, and the lack of rain keeps makes all the rest go dormant, too. The result is that we’re feeding hay to the sheep to get them through this dry spell. Farmer Bob will have to get some more hay for the winter. You can see our round bales and some of the young sheep in this picture. They lie around most of the day in the shade. Doesn’t their pasture look pitiful? Continue Reading →

recipe for honey sweetened sloppy joes

July 14, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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Sloppy Joe Recipe, or What to do with Crystallized Honey

First, let me say that crystallized honey is DELICIOUS. It’s easier to measure than liquid honey and if you want liquid, it is easy to turn it back to its liquid state. You just set the jar into a pan of hot water. When it warms up, the crystals disappear. If you want to know more about why honey crystallizes, here is a link to a great blog post about the where-what-and-why. 

I have about 3/4 of a quart of honey that has crystallized on the top. (Sometimes it crystallizes on the bottom, and sometimes on the top.) I’d forgotten just how convenient that is to have until I decided to make homemade sloppy joes today. Of course, I use honey to sweeten the sauce, so I grabbed that crystallized quart and then I decided to take pictures and share a blog post all about it.

Here’s what crystallized honey looks like:

crystallized honey

Nice and thick and rich, crystallized honey is a very good thing!

I had every intention of taking a nice, staged photo of a bun dripping with sloppy joe, but we were so hungry for lunch that we ate our sandwiches before I could think to take a picture. This recipe makes enough for a crowd, about 2 1/2 quarts, so feed that crowd or freeze the leftovers. OR share some with your friends and neighbors. Here’s my favorite recipe for sloppy joes: Continue Reading →

July 13, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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Farmers Escape to the Mountains!

*** Farm Market and Farm Tour Opening on Sunday, August 5th.***

It sure has been a busy spring and early summer for us here on the farm! We had a great time over the Ag+Art weekend with all the folks coming to tour, and then our cookout for the volunteers. In spite of all that fun, we sure did do a LOT of work to make it happen. So, when the opportunity unexpectedly arose for us to escape from the farm for a little R&R, we jumped on it!

Decades ago, Farmer Bob’s parents bought this house on Lake Santeetlah in the Smoky Mtns in western North Carolina. Boy, were they ever smart to do that! All the family has enjoyed gathering there over the years, much as many folks here in our community go to the beach for their family gatherings. Here’s the pretty view from the house.

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June 24, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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Cookout & Family Fishing Day for our Volunteers

***We’ll be closed till July 15th, when our regular market hours will return: Sundays from 2:00-5:00 with a guided tour at 2:00!***

A couple weekends ago, we participated in the state-wide Ag+Art Tour. It was the first time for our farm to be on the tour and we needed a lot of help since strangers would be coming to the farm throughout the weekend. We are so blessed with good friends who answered the call and volunteered to help us with our visitors! We threw a “thank you” cookout and fishing day for them and their families, and we all had a great time!

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Lamb Bones for Broth

May 10, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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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

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Strawberry Shortcake

May 7, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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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
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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!

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strawberry from the ivy place

April 29, 2018
by Deborah Burgess
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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
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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 →