Peas Perfect Partner

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hello May !!  So nice to see you again and may I say you look lovely in your bewildering array of greens.  I marvel at your endless variety of colors – the bright chartreuse of leafed-out oaks, the dusty gray-green of the gnarled old apple tree, the dark blue-green of the lilacs in bloom and the verdant expanse of our recently lush pastures.  According to the Celtic calendar, May’s new growth marked the beginning of summer and was celebrated with agricultural feasts and fertility festivals still seen in rural regions today.

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Love Me Tender(ized)

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Farmers Market Friends:

Happy Mothers Day to all the great women who have given us the love and support that makes us what we are today.  This week for our Farmers Market tasting we prepared a marinated & grilled London Broil, a family favorite that some people consider to be a tough & cheap cut of meat.  The term has no origin in England, rather coined by American restauranteurs attempting to elevate the perception of a lean & less costly cut of beef with European imagery.  Often taken from the top round (hind leg), the close-grained muscle benefits greatly from being stabbed (50-60 times per side) with forks and tenderized in an acid-based marinade bath for 2-3 hours before being grilled or broiled and sliced thinly across the grain.

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A Woman’s Work

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011

Farmers Market Friends:

Bees are the cornerstone of food production all around us and important measure of the health of our environment.  They pollinate flowers in their search for nectar that they digest and turn into the golden magic that sustains the hive through the winter and that people have loved for millenia.  It takes 12 bees their entire lives to make a teaspoon of honey.  100% of California’s almond crop requires the attention of bees.  80%-90% of apple blossoms are pollinated by bees.  Do you like squash or blueberries ??  Give a shout-out to the bees for your pies and ratatouille.  The worker bees are all female – the male drones have no purpose other than fertilizing the queen.

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Make Mine a Classic

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Sunday, April 17, 2011

Make Mine A Classic

Farmers all over southern New England are finding their way back to heritage breeds of livestock – varieties that were developed in particular regions due to their hardiness and multi-purpose functionality.  Many of the breeds thrive on native forage, display excellent mothering abilities and are central to food traditions that define the special “terroir” of a regional cuisine.

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The Truth About BSE

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Saturday, April 9, 2011

Farmers Market Friends:

This week’s FARM FACT explores the truth about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) also called “mad cow disease”.  This is a fatal affliction in cattle caused by a mutated protein called a “prion” responsible creating sponge-like vacuoles (holes) in brain and nerve tissue resulting in an inability to stand followed by loss of brain function and death.  The condition can and has moved quickly and explosively through feedlot cattle populations that ingest protein supplements derived from recycled infected animal remains.  Cows, ruminants designed to process grass and forbs in their four stomachs, were eating other cows.  That’s normal, right ??

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How Big is an Acre ??

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Friday, April 8, 2011

Farmers Market Friends:

I hope you are all well and thinking about preparing your gardens as spring finally makes its appearace here in southern New England.  I have lots of rabbit manure and wet hay stripped out of winter hutches available to you FREE if you want to arrange for pick-up at South Kingstown Farmers Market on Saturdays.  No doubt many of you will be tilling up an acre or more of ground for your food cultivation.  I have more modest ambitions looking out over a 30′ x 60′ plot of beautiful tilled black earth amended with rotted hay and rabbit manure.  This week’s farm fact relates to traditional forms of measurement of agricultural land.

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Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Thursday, March 24, 2011

Farmers Market Friends:

Congratulations !!  You are participating one of the most successful experiments in the reclamation and preservation of local foodstream in our nation today.  The Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership is composed of a group of dedicated professionals with a single goal – planning and executing the future vision for healthy productive farmland and coastal waters in the face of growth, development and economic pressure.

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My New Dependence Issue

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Farmers Market Friends:

Several years ago I made a friend through Cub Scouts whose son was in Pack 3 Hope Valley with my boy Colin.  Chatting on one of our hikes while the kids were scrambling around boulders Scott shared with me his passion for making hot sauce and BBQ rubs.  Would I like to maybe try some ??  Would I ??  Does the neighbor’s bird-feeder hunting cat need to taste a hot lead sandwich ??

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South Kingstown Farmers Market Recipe Contest

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Monday, March 7, 2011

Hello Farmers Market Friends:
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I hope you are well and ready for spring.  The ground is softening up and I’m busy building rabbit pasture pens and new project – a mobile chicken pen for the Chariho Middle School garden.  The chickens will be the weeding and fertilizing crew in the aisles between the rows.

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    Great blog, lovely site, and so great to get to know you.Thank you for making Rhode Island a better place.

Local Ag at the Convention Center

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Monday, February 28, 2011

Hello Farmers Market Friends:

I’ve been buried in the RI Spring Flower and Garden Show at the Convention Center in Providence for the last 8 days.  Various landscape companies and non-profit groups install a series of horticultural stage sets and walk-through gardens that tell a story or speak to a garden design theme in a meaningful way (you hope).

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