Lambing pictures and Memorial Day grilling ideas

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  • Local Food/Drink Product ("Dry Ridge Farm Meat") - in "Eats"
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Come visit us at one of our markets!
Asheville City Market South
- Biltmore Park, 1-5pm

French Broad Food Coop Market
- 90 Biltmore Ave, 2-6pm

Asheville City Market
- 161 S. Charlotte Street 


Grilling this weekend? We've got what you need!
We've got all the pork and chicken you could possibly want, which means you can get all your grilling needs from us at this week's markets!
What's that? You need some incentive (besides delighting your guests' tastebuds)? How about this for incentive? 

This week only, at both Wednesday and Saturday markets, you get $1 off per pack when you buy ...pork shoulder, boston butt, link sausages (bratwurst, mild Italian, hot Italian), ribs, or chicken leg quarters!! OH MY!! Now, those are some specials! 

Want some ideas for Memorial Day?
We do a lot of porch-sitting and grilling with friends this time of year. Here's are a few things that have been big hits:
In the smoker:

  • Pork shoulder/Boston butt or pork shanks, ribs, whole chicken, rabbit

On the grill:

  • Lamb steaks (we have about ten packs left until July, so get them while you can!), pork chops, Italian sausage (mild or hot), bratwurst, chicken leg quarters, drumsticks, breasts or wings!

Our BIGGEST hit is actually dry-rubbed grilled chicken. Our chicken leg quarters are sure to impress your guests! For the dry rub, we use the following recipe from Cook's Illustrated:

1. Combine 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper in a bowl. Set aside half of the dry rub.

2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and coat all over with half of the dry rub. 

3. Put chicken on a hot grill, skin side down and grill 15-20 mins. Turn chicken and lightly coat the skin side (now facing up) with the other half of the rub and grill (still skin side up) about 15 mins longer, until chicken's done and the rub has melted into a glaze.

There you have it! Come and get your Memorial Day grilling supplies!

Farm News: Lambing!!

Well, since the last newsletter, our lambing season has come and gone! We had all of our lambs in record time, 90 new lambs in 16 days! It all went splendidly; we only have two bottle babies, whose moms couldn't seem to count past 1, but with 20 first-time mommas in our flock, we're thrilled with the number of lambs they had and with how well they're taking care of their little ones!

Before we get to pictures, let me say this: the lamb that you buy from us is not this cute! For some unfortunate reason, lamb is the only meat product with the same name as a baby animal (even veal, which is very young, isn't called calf!).  So, I feel the need to let you all know that market-ready "lambs" are actually adults; they're past breeding age, and substantially older than market-ready hogs; they are NOT babies!  Please don't associate these cute little ones with food. They've got a LOT of growing to do before leaving the farm!!

Here are a few pictures of this month's lambing season. If any one of you knows how I can post a video in a mailchimp newsletter, please let me know! I have several bouncy lamb videos, but can't figure out how to load it in this newsletter (I'll send it along as soon as I figure it out!). I also haven't been great about taking pictures this time around, but here are a few!

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