If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I am NOT a morning person.
I have to wake up at 5:45 am every weekday to make sure my 17 & 15 yos get ready for school. I go back to bed until 6:45 am when I wake up my middle schooler. Back to bed again and up at 7:20 am to wake up my youngest (if she isn't already up). Depending on my schedule that day I may or may not go back to bed for an hour or four.
On the weekend, it's not unheard of for me to sleep until noon. I can't tell you how nice it is to have all five of my girls able to make their own breakfast, entertain themselves, and not need mom around to make sure they don't get into any trouble. It's heaven!
The one time I don't mind getting up early on the weekend is to go to the Holly Springs Farmers Market. It's a great little market in downtown Holly Springs (North Carolina) where you can find all sorts of amazing products from local area farmers.
Holly Springs Farmers Market
On May 5th they will begin their 12th season with a Grand Opening and Customer Appreciation celebration!
Grand Opening and Customer Appreciation Celebration Information
Make plans now to join us for our Season 12 Grand Opening on May 5th! Come see why we have been ranked a “best in class” farmers market for the last several years!
8:30 – Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Dick Sears and Town Council members
10:30 – Route 55 Jazz Orchestra performs, courtesy of Ting Holly Springs
TWO Little Sprouts activity tents
Holly Springs Fire Department display (with Cinder, the Fire Dog)
Holly Springs Police North Carolina display
Customer Appreciation Prize drawings – win items donated from our vendors
Pick up your Customer Loyalty program punch card for the chance to win additional items, including a “Night on the Town,” which includes a 2-night stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Holly Springs, tickets to a show at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, and dinner at a local restaurant!
We have THIRTY vendors who will be on hand with the freshest local produce, free-range eggs, pasture-raised meats, mouthwatering baked goods, artisanal foods, and more!
Check out our website (which we will continue to update right up until opening day) at: http://www.HSFarmersMarket.com/
Shopping at farmers markets over the past few years, I have discovered some pretty amazing “new-to-me” foods that I'd never find in a grocery store! The farmers market is where I discovered how much better tasting locally raised beef (and pork!) is compared to than anything I've ever purchased before.
I am working with the NCDACS again this year to share with you, five Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined) beef farms who sell at non state-supported farmers markets: D's Beef and Bees, Fickle Creek Farm, Queen B Farms, Meadow Lane Farm, and T5 Farms.
Today, my recipe “Jalapeño Popper Burger Bombs” features ground beef provided to me by D's Beef and Bees.
D's Beef & Bees is a small farm located in Chatham County, NC near Siler City, run by Monica and Danny Street. They specialize in beef, goats, pure raw honey, and beekeeping supplies.
Danny is a third generation beef farmer who raised primarily Black Angus cows. Then about eight years ago Danny read an article discussing Lowline Angus, a special breed of Angus cattle that was developed in Australia in the 1970s.
What is a Lowline Black Angus?
Lowline Black Angus are nearly the same as Black Angus cows, except they are specifically bred to have a smaller stature (but are not dwarf cows). The height and weight of a Lowline is about 60% of that of the Black Angus.
Lowline beef is superior in quality, with excellent taste, texture and tenderness; plus they produce a 30% larger ribeye area. An added bonus, Lowlines consume about 1/3 the feed of a Black Angus, they use less water, and have a smaller carbon footprint than a regular-sized cattle, which is better for the environment. Because they need a lot less acreage, you can raise 10 lowlines in the same space of 6 Black Angus. Which means Lowlines are perfect for smaller farms.
The Lowline beef has been so popular Danny hasn't been able to keep up with demand.
Another tasty treat that you can find at the farmers market is pure raw honey from Danny's hives. When he was young, Danny kept honey bees with his grandfather but got away from it as he was growing up. When he was older he realized how much he loved beekeeping and wanted to get back into it. Danny currently has three hives–they are set up for seven, and would like to be up to ten by the end of the year.
Look for D's Beef and Bees the next time you stop by the Holly Springs Farmers Market and tell Danny and Monica “Kate sent you”!
Before I share the recipe for my Jalapeño Popper Burger Bombs, check out the other Got to Be NC recipes made with beef from Triangle area farms here:
from Pastry Chef Online and Fickle Creek Farm
from Adventures of Frugal Mom and Queen B Farms
from Big Bear’s Wife and Meadow Lane Farm
from Girl Gone Gourmet and T5 Farms
Jalapeño Popper Burger Bombs
from Life of a Ginger
and D’s Beef N Bees
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
- 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 4 slices of thick bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
- 1 16oz tube refrigerated biscuit dough (not the flaky layers kind)
- chopped or sliced Jalapenos
- 4 oz goat cheese
- sesame seeds, if desired
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Season ground beef with pepper, seasoned salt, and worcestershire sauce.
- In a frying pan, add minced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add ground beef and cook until only a little pink is visible. Drain any grease.
- Roll out the biscuit dough to approximately 4" in diameter. Make sure the edges are thinner than the middle (the middle should be about 1/4 of an inch thick) so you don't end up with raw dough on the bottom of the burger bomb.
- Spread about 1/2 oz of goat cheese on each biscuit, add jalapenos to taste, 2 tablespoons chopped bacon* (approx half a piece) and about 2 oz of the ground beef. Wrap the biscuit around the beef--like a dumpling, and tightly seal the edges.
- Place biscuits on a parchment lined pan seam side down.
- Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Place in the oven and bake 13-16 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
rotten hungry daughters cooked and ate the bacon I purchased for this recipe so I omitted it from the photos, but the bacon really gives it that little extra yum!
Feel free to use a flavored goat cheese.
You can substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese if you wish.
Create Italian Burger Bombs: substitute mozzarella and tomato sauce for the goat cheese, jalapenos, bacon, and worcestershire sauce.
Create Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs: substitute american cheese and pickles for the goat cheese and jalapenos.
Create Pizza Burger Bombs: substitute mozzarella, pepperoni, and pizza sauce for the goat cheese, jalapenos, bacon, and worcestershire sauce.
Create Black & Blue Bombs: substitute crumbled blue cheese, blackening spice, and red onions for the goat cheese, and jalapenos.
Create Mexican Burger Bombs: substitute Mexican flavored cheese, taco sauce/salsa, sliced avocado and refried beans for the goat cheese, bacon, and worcestershire sauce.
Create Everything Bagel Burger Bombs: substitute cream cheese, and Everything Bagel spices for the goat cheese, worcestershire sauce, jalapenos, bacon and sesame seeds.
Create Mediterranean Burger Bombs: substitute chopped olives, grape tomatoes, and red peppers, feta cheese, sliced zucchini and squash, for the goat cheese, worcestershire sauce, jalapenos, and bacon.
Serving Size:2 bombs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 790Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1480mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 38g
Do you ever visit your local farmers market? What is your favorite thing to pick up?