Dawson Valley Free Range

Dawson Valley Free Range

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Products

The Yeppoon and Rockhampton markets will be on next weekend. Tonight is the last chance to get pre-orders in. You can still order this week, but you may not get what you would like if you leave it too late.

I now have access to a commercial kitchen so I'm going to be making Bone Broth and Lard for regular sale.

The bone broth is made using a mixture of bones from Chicken, Pork and Beef please read my other blog for more information on how I make my stock. Healthy Farming Healthy Food. I will be packaging it in plastic takeaway containers and it may be frozen. If it takes off as a viable sale item, I will look into packaging differently. The containers are 500ml containers and will sell for $4.50.

Pork Lard will sell for $1.75/100g and the jars I've bought to use hold 430g, so that will be $7.50. I do sometimes use recycled jars, so these will be $1.50/100g. So if you want to bring your clean jar back to recycle/refill I can.

We also hope to have pork pet mince next weekend as well.

And coming soon.......(drum roll)........

Soap - I have been getting soap made for a while now out of our lard and my cows milk, and I've decided that the next lot I get made, I will add to our product lines. I may only sell these in Rocky and not Yeppoon, as the lady that makes them is also at Yeppoon and she may not appreciate the competition. It's lovely soap and quite a bit harder than the normal home made soap, so it lasts a little longer in the shower. Please look out for it at the August markets.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Quick Update

I made an error on the dates of our next market - it will be in Yeppoon and Rockhampton on the 4th and 5th July. Sorry for any confusion caused.

Also if you have wondered where abouts we are, I've done a post over at Healthy Farming Healthy Food, which is my other blog, that will shed some light on where we are in Queensland. I write posts about our life, farm and food etc, so if it interests you, feel free to subscribe via the email thingy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Next Markets

We are two weeks out from the next markets in Yeppoon and Rockhampton. These will be held on the 3rd and 4th of July. Preferred deadline for orders - 21st June.

If you would like to pre-order, please do so by this weekend - 21st June.  You can order online or via email. Orders received by this weekend have a better chance of being filled without any "not availables" so to help me out, please consider doing this. I can't guarantee that you will get what you want if you order after this time.We will have pork, ham, bacon, beef, lamb and goat.

I'm also going to be going along to Barefoot Kitchen's Livin' Paleo workshop this coming weekend. If you are going to be there, you can fill out an order form then if you like. Read more about Jen Shaw and her barefoot kitchen here You might even be lucky enough to get one of my lucky door prize vouchers.

Look forward to seeing you either then or the following week at the markets.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Corned Beef

We do two types of corned beef - a conventional cure and a nitrate free cure. Conventional cure brisket was our dinner the other night and it was really nice. My only criticism was that it needed to be saltier. One of our customers said that he found that the nitrate free wasn't salty enough either.  My sister Rita roasted a piece of the nitrate free silverside and said that it was really good like that. I roast the nitrate free pickled pork and roasting it keeps it lovely and moist. Does anyone else have any feedback?

When I cook corned beef, I like to cook potatoes and pumpkin/sweet potato in the same water as the corned beef. I then serve it with greens AND a white sauce, or greens cooked in white sauce. My mother does cabbage and carrot in white sauce, but I like just about any combination of vegetables. I cook the vegies first in lots of butter and then add plain flour and milk.

Combinations to try:
  • onion, cabbage, kale, celery turnip and corn (this one)
  • cabbage, onion and carrots
  • pumpkin, kale/spinach
  • broccoli, cauliflower
Choose your own adventure!

Let me know what you think about the saltiness of our corned beef - do we need more salt or is it just right the way it is?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Beef Special

I have taste tested the beef for this weekend and it is delicious!!!

Beef Special for this weekends Markets:

Buy at least 4kg's of beef and only pay $11/kg. This doesn't include prime cuts like Rump, Fillet, Sirloin/Porterhouse. It DOES include, roasts, bbq steaks, sausages, stewing meat, mince etc.

I'm not taking pre-orders for this, you will need to come along to the markets to select and collect.

See you on Saturday at Yeppoon or Sunday at Kern Arcade.