Apple Cider!!!

Hey – were you one of the lucky people that got our apple cider last year? This year’s pressing has arrived, and is SO GOOD. We use heritage apples that produce a juice that is tart, sweet, and full of flavour. As usual, we have our apples pressed in a VIHA-certified facility, and our 5 litre boxes are shelf-stable for 6 months (or 3 weeks in your fridge after opening).

$20 for the first box, and $15 for every box after that. For orders, contact us on Facebook, via email, by phone: 250-642-5445, or come to our regular farmstand on Saturday mornings between 10 and noon <3

(for the record, pork roast cooked in diluted apple juice is AMAZING!)

Refer a friend, enjoy more pork!

Hello, beautiful people! I already know that you like pork, but how about MORE PORK?

If you refer a friend, and they buy one of our freezer packages, I am delighted to offer you 10% off your next order (or equivalent in More Pork). Make sure your friend tells us who sent them.

We will also have apple juice available in the end of September. We always sell out – if you know you want some, let us know so we add you to our list.

Handprint vs Footprint

You’ve probably heard about an ecological footprint, but have you thought about your handprint? If you focus on your footprint, the best you can get is zero, meaning that you take up no space at all (impossible, and no fun!). If you focus on making your handprint bigger than your footprint, the world is better for you having been in it. What are you doing, to make your handprint bigger than your footprint?

Cast Iron Dahl

The best thing about dahl, besides the Extreme Inexpensiveness of the ingredients, is that it can accept So Many Leftovers. Leftover broth, leftover meat bits.. leftover Random Veggies..

Here is the basic recipe, alter at will!

Cast Iron Dahl

  • 2 c lentils
  • ginger, garlic, onion
  • 6 c water or broth
  • chopped tomato, or tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • juice of half a lemon

Fry ginger, garlic, onion in butter. Add lentils, tomato, and water or broth. Cook in a pressure cooker for 7 mins, or on the stove until lentils are soft.

While lentils are cooking, gently fry cumin, fennel, mustard seed until you can smell the spices.

Once the lentils are cooked, add the spices, and remaining ingredients. Add fresh chopped cilantro. If you want a creamier dahl, add some coconut milk.

Enjoy!

Introducing.. the CAST IRON MEGAPACK!!

We are trying something new!

We have heard from a number of people that, while they adore being able to order large quantities of locally grown, juicy pork, they would very much like to know how much their order will cost before they commit. I get that! When we sell sides, we can tell you if it will be a smaller side or a larger side, but we can’t tell you exactly how much the side will weigh, and thus how much it will cost. Sides are wonderful, because you get everything cut exactly the way you like it (1 huge ham? four tiny hams? No hams at all, and extra ground? Your choice!), but they come with a certain degree of uncertainty.

With the Cast Iron MEGAPACK, your cost is $500, and we aim to include about $620 in pork. It’s like a side, but unless you catch us at just the right time in our process, there is much less flexibility in how it is cut. For most people, though, that’s just fine 🙂

Want to save yourself trips to the grocery store? Invest in a MEGAPACK, and enjoy a freezer full of pork!

Guernsey Bean Jar recipe

At Cast Iron Farm, we love to collect recipes for Things To Do With Odd Bits. Trotters are the foot and ankle part of a pig, and are is full of gelatin, collagen, and might possibly be the fountain of youth (or so this article claims).. and are also one of the things people ask us about most often when we have it listed on our sale board (what is a TROTTER?!?). There isn’t much meat on a trotter, but with a pressure-cooker or slow-cooker, all the delicious goodness gets transferred into the cooking liquid. Anyone with joint issues should definitely be eating more trotter broth!

This recipe comes highly recommended by one of our wonderful trotter-loving farm-supporters (thanks, Fiona!). Do you have a favourite recipe for trotters or hocks?

Guernsey Bean Jar
Ingredients

  • 1 pigs trotter or shin of beef
  • 200 g (1 cup) haricot beans
  • 200 g (1 cup) butter/lima beans
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 1 litre beef stock or water
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Soak the beans overnight in plenty of cold water.
  • Drain and rinse the beans the following morning, then load them and all the other ingredients in the slow cooker/crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 5-6 hours or until the beans are soft.
  • Switch off the slow cooker and remove the trotter and/or shin of beef. Remove the meat from both, discarding the bones, skin or gristle.
  • Pop the meat back in with the beans, stirring well and check seasoning adding more salt & pepper as necessary.
  • Serve with crusty bread and butter.

Pulled Pork

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One of our favourite things to eat is pulled pork, made in our pressure cooker.  Here’s Erin’s highly variable recipe for Cast Iron Pulled Pork.

Take 1 large pork butt roast.  It doesn’t matter if it’s still frozen, or perhaps it does, but Erin has no idea because it’s always still frozen.

Put the roast in the pressure cooker with some variation on these ingredients:
– broth
– fried onions and/or garlic
– half a bottle of BBQ sauce
– molasses (not very much)
– garam masala, fried in a bit of coconut oil
– tomato sauce
– water to bring the level of liquid up to almost cover.

Pressure on high cook for half an hour.  Open the cooker and cut the pork up into chunks (maybe a couple of inches?) so it cooks faster.

Pressure cook for another half an hour.

Take pork out, skim the fat off the cooking sauce as much as possible.  Mix about half and half cooking sauce with barbeque sauce to make the pulled pork the right consistency.  Heat it all up together, and pull the pork apart into pieces in the warmed sauce.

Enjoy, either on rice, or on toasted buns, with cole slaw (or crunchy raw cabbage) on the side.

(shhhh… we are having a SALE)

 

Hello, most fabulous supporters of local farmers!  You are all eating the change you wish to see in the world, and we thank you for it.

We are preparing for a new growing season, and thus having a SALE!  Our stock won’t last long (we are already out of hams and pork chops), so for the best selection call (250-642-5445), or send an email (castironfarmsooke@gmail.com) or facebook message, and we’ll put together an order for pickup this Saturday morning.  You are (of course!) welcome to stop by at our regular farm gate stand, Saturdays between 10 and 12, but stock will be dwindling.

(but what IS the sale, farmer Erin?)

The sale shall proceed thusly:  Anything that is currently in our freezer shall be $2 off the regular per-pound price.  Bacon is usually $15/lb, so while we still have bacon, it will be reduced to $13/lb.  Make sense?  If you have any questions, please contact us and we’d be happy to sort them out.

Happy New Year!

Sausage Party!

Hello, beautiful people!

Did you know you can sign up to receive updates?  On the sidebar, you’ll see a spot you can put in your name and email address, so you can get a notification whenever I post something.  Facebook is not a great way to stay in touch, because facebook only shows you what it thinks you want to see, in order to get you to spend more time there.. and sometimes it’s wrong 🙂

We have SOMETHING NEW!  We are having Edward at Black Market Meats make some sausage and bacon for us.  He does small-batch, artisanal sausage, and was completely aghast at the thought of it when we asked him if he uses pre-made spice mixes.

We will have Edward’s sausages and bacon for sale within the next few weeks, and will be selling them at our regular sausage price ($12/lb).  For people that love sausages, and want to try them all, we have a Sausage Party Pack: 3 flavours of Cast Iron sausage for $30.

Let us know how we can help you get happy pork into happy bellies.  We are available on facebook, phone (250-642-5445), or email (name of farm + sooke at gmail).

Sunday Market!

We’ll be at the Sooke Indoor Marketplace this Sunday, selling pork and APPLE CIDER!  We only have a limited number of boxes of cider from local, unsprayed, heritage trees, pressed in a foodsafe kitchen by Pressing Matters.  Each box contains 5 litres of juice, and the box is shelf stable (until opened) until the spring.  Once you have opened it, the box will keep nicely for a couple of weeks in your fridge.  It is full of flavour, and makes excellent mulled cider.

AND WE HAVE PORK!  All cuts currently available.  We (may) have space for one last family pack before we close large orders for a few months while our little piggies grow up.  Let me know ASAP if you are interested.

For more information about the market, check out their facebook page: <https://www.facebook.com/sookeindoormarketplace/>