Two weeks ago our local farmer's market opened. As it has been an unseasonably cool spring, the pickings were pretty slim. However there was a new vendor there selling Old Iron Wine, a label specifically bottled for the Pasco Farmer's Market. The vendor called it a "young, farmer's table wine" and at $6 a bottle, I was willing to give it a shot. Buyer beware! For $6, all you are getting is a cute label on a bottle. The wine was completely undrinkable. For starters, when I opened it, it fizzed out like a champagne which has been uncorked improperly. A carbonated red? Still, I was willing to give it a taste test (stupid me!). Upon first sip, I immediately spit it out. Unfortunately, despite the offending wine being ejected from my mouth, the sickly sweet aftertaste kept building. The whole bottle was dumped down the drain. What a waste of the farmer's time and of a good $6. If you frequent the Pasco Farmer's Market and come across Old Iron Wine, skip it!
On the upside, the farm I buy my eggs from slaughtered some of their chickens on Saturday and I bought a few. I had never had fresh chicken before and I was curious to taste how they would differ from grocery store chicken. Boy, the taste was incredible! They were so much meatier than store chickens and cleaner too. The juices of store chickens often get slimy feeling, but the fresh chickens were clean and soft feeling. I put them on the grill and they were just wonderful. After picking the carcasses clean, I put them in a stock pot and now have a good 10 cups of wonderful stock on hand as well. Nothing goes to waste! If you are living in Southeast, WA and are interested in fresh chickens or eggs, Greene Hills Farm has it going on!