Chuck Steaks & Alpine Lakes

Attention Whistler Customers!
We won't be at the Whistler Market this weekend!
  Our next Whistler Market will be Sept. 8.  If you want to stock up on meat and eggs, place a pre-order for 'Whistler Farmers' Market'  and pick up your order on the evening of Saturday the 17th either at the bus stop on Chekamus Lake Road, 4:30-4:45pm, or the parking lot of Meadow Park Sports Centre 5:00-5:30pm.  Thank you for your dedication and sorry for the inconvenience!
Home, Home on the Range
Among farmers, we often joke that August is 'Grumpy Farmer Month'.  Not because there are more farm disasters than usual, or because anything in particular is going wrong, but maybe just because it is HOT, and it feels like everything is happening ALL AT ONCE.  This year, August includes our annual organic audit and inspection, a visit from the Egg Marketing Board, three trips to Kamloops to deliver cows and pigs to the abattoir, moving our turkeys from the brooder out to pasture, soil/water/fecal testing for our Certified Organic and Animal Welfare Approved requirements, the usual chores and daily livestock moves, and preparing to move the cattle to the range.  

Moving our cattle to the range represents both a lot of hard work and a welcome relief from the heat and bustle of life on the farm.  We'll be bringing the cows up into the mountains at the end of the month, but we have already made four trips up to repair fencing, clear trails, assess the forage, practice our horsemanship, and make a grazing plan that will benefit both the health of the range and of our cattle.  The herd will graze and enjoy the fresh mountain air for 6 weeks before the snow starts and they decide to meander their way back home.  In the meantime, we visit them weekly to check on herd and forage health,  move them from valley to valley and enjoy the beautiful views and cooler air.
The Underappreciated Chuck Steak. 
I've noticed something about you guys:  You're not huge chuck steak fans... or you don't think you are.  Every other cut got enthusiastically snapped up at markets last weekend, but not the chuck.  Despite being our most economical cut, there he sat, cold and alone in the freezers all weekend long, just waiting for someone to give him a chance to shine.  So that's exactly what I did this last week -- I invited my parents over for dinner and fired up the barbeque.  I brought the chuck steak to room temperature on the counter, salted it generously, and used the reverse sear method on the BBQ; first cooking lightly on indirect heat, then removing the steak from the grill, cranking up the temperature, and quickly searing to finish.  These steaks are large, so I only cooked one steak for the four of us.  To make sharing easier, after resting the steak I sliced it thinly against the grain and split between four plates.  The feedback I got included "it tastes like a ripe apple," and "mmmm...  this is what beef should taste like."  Give it a try, folks, and learn why the chuck is called 'the frugal man's ribeye'!
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Farmers' Market Schedule
Be sure to stock up! We are skipping an extra week and won't be back at markets until the weekend of September 6/7/8!
Make an order on our online shop by Thursday morning for delivery this weekend, at the times and locations below.
Lillooet - Friday, August 16, 8:30 - 1:00 pm
Lillooet Farmers' Market
Pemberton - Friday, August 16, 3:00 - 6:30 pm
Pemberton Farmers' Market
Squamish - Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Squamish Farmers' Market
Whistler - Saturday, August 17, 4:30-4:45 pm
Bus Stop on Chekamus Lake Road
Saturday, August 17, 5:00-5:30 pm
Parking Lot of Meadow Park Sports Centre
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Did you know that in addition to being BC Certified Organic by NOOA we are also Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grassfed by AGW?  Click the logos below to find out more about these highly meaningful certifications.
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