Farmers Market…A Little Late

This week’s loot.  We’re not going to be here next weekend or the weekend thereafter so we picked up extra milk and bread.  Also check out the lettuce we got from Barber! I’m guessing it’s a product of the high tunnels they must have since we’re getting fresh lettuce in January in upstate NY! Sure it’s a little small, but we got two heads of lettuce for the price of one – and did I mention this? – in upstate NY!!! In January!!!

K also picked up a pound each of ground pork and beef from Sweet Tree Farm to make more meatballs this week.  We only have one more quart of canned sauce and meatballs – woe!  It’s only January too, we clearly need to can a lot more next year!

Even though we love the meat we get from Sweet Tree, K and I are going in on a half-CSA share with friends of ours, G and A from 8 O’Clock Ranch.  We’re getting 100% grass fed, Heritage breed Hereford Beef, Suffolk lamb and Pastured Yorkshire pigs from a family-owned farm that is about 200 miles from here.  For three months (we’re not going to do longer until we try it out first) we’re going to get 10lbs a month for the 4 of us – so really only 5lbs a month for each of us couples.  Since we only buy about a pound of meat a week this will be fine for us.

Here’s what we’ll typically get each month:

  • 2lbs Fresh Ham Roast
  • 1 Pork Bone-in Shoulder Steak
  • 1lb Sweet Italian Pork Sausage links
  • 2.5lbs Beef Shortribs
  • 1.25 lbs Beef Porterhouse Steak
  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 4 Lamb Loin Chops
  • 1lb Ground Lamb

This averages about $7/lb which sounds very expensive if you’re not used to it, but is really reasonable considering what you get. On average we spend about $6/lb at the farmers market, generally on stew beef or ground beef! So for only a $1/lb more we’re going to get porterhouse steak and lamb chops and roasts!

Unfortunately, our CSA won’t start until March so we still need to make it through the winter.  We just finished up the smoked ham we got the week before Christmas. This made multiple dinners, lunches and then lots of pea soup that we just finished up yesterday.  That smoked ham was SO GOOD!!! I want some more already.


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