Roasting your Turkey (Alton Brown has an easy to follow video at http://www.foodnetwork.com/altons-good-eats-roast-turkey-how-to/video/index.html This has become our favorite way to cook a turkey!
If frozen, thaw the turkey a few days in the refrigerator. It takes one day for every four pounds. Just before time to cook, rinse and pat dry with a paper towel. Place in a roasting pan.
Combine 1 apple, ½ onion, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the 4 sprigs of rosemary and 6 leaves of sage*. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil.
Using a piece of foil, shape it tightly over the turkey breast. Remove and place on counter. This is the breast shield.
Place turkey feet first in a 500 degree oven for 30 minutes. This sears the skin, locks in the juices and browns a little. Remove from oven, baste and place breast shield on. Put turkey back in oven with a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. (breast meat should be 161 degrees and the dark meat at 180 degrees)
A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving. This allows all the juices to stay in the meat instead of running out as you cut.
*One year I forgot to add the aromatics, the turkey still turned out great. So this step is optional now.
All our turkeys are SOLD OUT!
Our 2013 turkeys all have homes now. Our family thanks you for your continued support of our family farm. We look forward to raising more turkeys for you next year.
Want to stay informed? Join our Yahoo Group. It’s the best way to find out what home grown meats and produce we have available. This is also when we announce when it is time to order turkeys for Thanksgiving. We send updates to Yahoo subscribers once a week during the summer that also include reminders of which Farmer’s Markets we attend. During the winter we will send fewer just so you don’t forget about us.
Signing up is easy. Just visit our website On the right hand side of the home page you will find “Join our Yahoo! Group”.
If you have a Face Book account to can like us on our Roeske Farms face book page.
We feel blessed by the caring people who support our family farm and care about the produce and meats they serve to their families. We appreciate the kind words we receive about the hard work and time we put in. Thank you so much!
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Our latest flock of chickens are ready! We raised them free range with no hormones or antibiotics.
We sell them whole for a few reasons. Ask us in person and we can tell you why. Some people are unsure of how to cut a chicken up. I found this very helpful video on the internet:
People tell us our chicken have “that old fashion taste from when I was a kid”.
You can also cook them whole in the oven, slow cooker or my favorite way “Beer/Coke Can Chicken” on the grill. I cover the outside of the chicken with lemon pepper, YUM!
Carnival Squash great baked or steamed
Cut up squash ready to boil
Roeske Farms = Hartland Farms online
While the sweet corn, peppers and tomatoes start to wind down, the squash is coming in great! This year we did have more wildlife damage so our pumpkin crop is less than the past. We have our usual squash selections of acorn and butternut. This year we added buttercup and a smaller sized spaghetti squash.
Our pumpkins are a beautiful deep orange and several sizes including pie pumpkins. Come on by our farm today and check it out.
Look for our roadside sign on Clark Road north of M-59 in Hartland or visit us at the Hartland and Green Oak Farmer’s Markets Saturdays through October.
Sometimes when people see our freshly picked veggies they ask how it is grown. Often they are surprised at what they learn. Another common comment is, “Oh, there is dirt on it!” We tell them why. This got me to wondering how many people don’t ask and think there is something wrong with our products. There is a good reason for the dirt. Since we don’t use any pesticides sometimes there are little bug bites or holes in the produce. If we rinse it off the water can get trapped and make the vegetable spoil quicker. Most vegetables start to decompose when they get wet, so it is best to wash them just before preparing or eating them.
Turnips still have garden dirt on them.
Our free range turkeys!
The free range turkeys we raise here on our farm are ready! The birds are cleaned and quickly chilled but not frozen. Special farm hours for pick-up:
- Thursday: 9 am – Noon
- Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
- Saturday: 3 – 7 pm
- Sunday: 5 – 7 pm
It’s a great time to grill or smoke one for yourself or freeze for later use at a family gathering or party. We’ll also have some just-picked-that-morning fresh veggies from our gardens.
Our Hartland, Michigan farm is located at 2656 Clark Road. Drive up to the garage and honk your horn. Someone will come from inside or out in the fields to greet you.
Sorry, no deliveries. Cash or check only. No credit or debit cards accepted.
A Roeske turkey ready for the oven, grill or smoker!
We raise ‘em you cook ‘em!
The only time Jess stood still long enough to snap a photo!
Early this week we took a couple days off from our farm. Our daughter Jessica has been working as an intern for the Traverse City Cherry Festival. Months of preparation go into putting on any festival. We went to see what it was all about. Their hard work really showed!
It is a beautiful area. We walked through the town, the festival and the beach.
The festival had to use sweet cherries from Grand Rapids. On our last day a local orchard opened up for U-pick. We picked dark sweet cherries to sell at our Farm Markets this weekend. So, along with our cuts of pork, fresh radishes from our garden we will also have genuine Traverse City sweet cherries.
Cherry Orchard on Mission Peninsula
Eric picked a lot of sweet cherries in Traverse City
Enjoying the view!
The weather was a perfect 70 degrees and low humidity. We drove to a couple of the peninsulas to see lighthouses too. We had a wonderful visit!
We picked these all by hand!
A bundle of radishes
Each week we are spending more time in the gardens. We spend a lot of time thinning and weeding everything!! Just a few things are ready to harvest but it is a start.
All our animals are growing and getting extra water on these hot humid days.
Thursday, we will be at the Fenton Farmer’s Market from 5 – 8 PM near Fenton’s Community Center. We may have rain setting up, but it should clear for opening at 5 PM. The market is open rain or shine except in very severe conditions. If it’s cancelled, come to our farm for vegetables and meats from 4 to 7 PM. We have beets, kohlrabi, radishes, garlic scapes, pork and LaLumiere’s raw honey. Some of their hives are on our farm.
Saturday: White Lake 9 AM to 1 PM located in the parking lot of the middle school on the Lakeland High school campus on Bogie Lake Rd south of M-59 Patty and Ann will be there with a limited supply of pork and whatever veggies are ready. If you want something specific please reply to this e-mail.
Saturday: Hartland 9 AM to 1 PM located in the parking lot of the Hartland Educational Services & Support Center (the old high school) on M-59 west of US-23 past the Target store. Eric will have the trailer with a well stocked supply of pork and whatever veggies are ready.
Sunday: Green Oak 10 AM – 3 PM [new time] US-23 and Lee Rd, Brighton MI We are in the middle parking lot of the Green Oak Shopping center near Victoria Secrets. We will have the trailer with a well stocked supply of pork and whatever veggies are ready.
a small bit of garlic
We just finished cutting the scapes off of our garlic plants in the garden. They smell delicious!! We will have them available at the farm and at the farmer’s markets this Saturday and Sunday.
Garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers. They have a delicious mild garlic flavor. They can be eaten raw, steamed, or cut up and added to any sauce for a mild garlic flavor. The season for garlic scapes is very short, so keep your eyes peeled in late spring, or you might miss them. If you scoop up more than you can use, freeze them for later.
While we have been busy weeding in the gardens our chickens have been growing. They are now ready for you! They will be available at our farm Thursday June 20th from 9 am to Noon and Friday 10 am to 7 pm.
We are located at 2656 Clark Rd, Hartland MI 48353.
(US-23 to M-59, drive east less than one half a mile. Clark Rd is to the north) The Hartland Township offices are across the street from our farm.
These chickens are clean, fresh and never frozen.
If we have any left we will bring them to the following farmer’s markets:
Thursday: Fenton 5 – 8 PM downtown next to the Community Center.
Saturday: White Lake 9 AM to 1 PM located in the parking lot of the middle school on the Lakeland High school campus on Bogie Lake Rd south of M-59. Eric will have the trailer with a well stocked supply of pork and some chickens.
Hartland 9 AM to 1 PM located in the parking lot of the Hartland Educational Services & Support Center (the old high school) on M-59 west of US-23 past the Target store. Patty and Ann will be there with a limited supply of pork and chickens. If you want something specific please reply to this e-mail.
Green Oak 10 AM – 3 PM [new time] US-23 and Lee Rd, Brighton MI We are in the middle parking lot of the Green Oak Shopping center near
Victoria’s Secret. We will have the trailer with lots of pork and maybe some chicken.
Be sure to come to the markets to visit our other vendors with local honey, eggs, crafts, and fresh baked pies.
Eric and Patricia
Beautiful sweet Michigan Strawberries are here! Marlene will be working our home farm market 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. She will have access to our credit card machine, so you are able to use your Visa or MasterCard. Marlene will have a limited supply of Asparagus and Tomatoes. If you have never been to our home market she will give you a tour of our meat selection, Dairy, Maple Syrup, and Fresh Eggs.
If you come to the Brighton Farmers Market, the hours are 8A.M. to 1 P.M. Plenty of Strawberries, Tomatoes, and limited supply of Asparagus. Our Daughter Lauren will be working the market in Brighton, so stop by and say hello. Our Red Trailer will be full of our farm raised meats, and our Farm Fresh Eggs.
Both our Saturday markets have special events! Come and join the fun!
Saturday: White Lake 9 AM to 1 PM located in the parking lot of the middle
school on the Lakeland High school campus on Bogie Lake Rd south of M-59 Patty
and Ann will be there with a limited supply of pork. If you want something
specific please reply to this e-mail.
Many White Lake Farmer’s Market cloth bags were handed out this past May. If
you come to the market with yours we will give you a 5% discount on your pork
order with us.
At the same time another group is having a “Man to Man” sale. There will also be
local pom group having a car wash fundraiser.
Saturday: Hartland 9 AM to 1 PM located in the parking lot of the Hartland
Educational Services & Support Center (the old high school) on M-59 west of
US-23 past the Target store
Eric will have the trailer with a well stocked supply of pork.
From 9:30 am to 10:30 am the Detroit Tigers mascot “Paws” will be visiting the
market. Come out and say, “Hi!”.
Sunday: Green Oak 10 AM – 3 PM [new time] US-23 and Lee Rd, Brighton MI We
are in the middle parking lot of the Green Oak Shopping center near Victoria
Secrets. We will have the trailer with a well stocked supply of pork.
Our newest items are smoked pork chops and brat burgers!
Edited from the Green Oak Farmers & Community Market Facebook Page:
HELP!!! We’re looking for some attention…
It’s just our second year and we expect some growing pains BUT since each week this year seems slower than the previous week (of which all are slower than spring 2012 while we endured ramp closures/construction), we are looking for help/advise from any/all of our friends in order to keep this market going.
Many farmers markets are funded by local government, but the Green Oak Farmers and Community Market is NOT. Our funding is from contributions by our participating farmer/crafter vendors. If we are going to continue to offer you a convenient LOCAL alternative for your farmers market shopping needs, we need the “friends” of Green Oak Farmers and Community Market and all Facebook Friends to please join us next Sunday, June 9th.
Please bring a friend/neighbor/family member who hasn’t previously visited our market so they can see all the market has to offer.
For helping us grow our local Sunday market, Otis Acres, of Goodrich, MI, is offering a free hanging basket or caged tomato plant FREE every hour to a NEW market customer and for YOU their invitee to our market. Our sponsor, Otis Organics, LLC, of Brighton, will offer an equal value of fresh produce at no charge to you while supplies last. Stop by Otis Organics’ red tent on the hour (10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3) to claim your free produce and your new market visitors free flower/vegetable plant. LIKE our Facebook page and help us spread the word about our Sunday markets so we can continue to bring you Michigan farm products and crafts.
We hear that quite often at the Farmer’s Markets this time of year. While we have been enjoying the warmer weather for a few months, the planting takes a little more time. Yes some vegetables can be planted before others like the cabbage family. Tomatoes and peppers are more delicate and need to be planted after the last frost. If you only plant a few you can cover them easily to protect them. Gardens our size just are too labor intensive for such a job. It is best to wait…and wait we did. We had four nights of frost and then a week of rain at the end of May. Now it is June and we are still planting. All by hand and this does take time. All our produce will be picked when ripe. You will be glad you waited for the Michigan fresh veggies!
Eric planting the tomato plants
Don’t worry we got you covered, what that means is our indoor home market will be open 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Marlene will be there to assist you and show you all the new additions that I won’t be taking to Brighton or Howell this weekend. Marlene will have use of the credit card machine and be able to accept Visa, MasterCard, and EBT.
I just picked up my order of pork, Maple Syrup, and Moo-Ville cheese. Thomas’s Organic Creamery delivered fresh milk, and Yogurts.
We will have Tomatoes, Asparagus, Chicken Eggs, and Duck Eggs. Our market is located at 4915 Cullen Rd. Fenton. ( closer to Hartland ). If you haven’t been to our farm before we are on a paved road.