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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 5/24/2013 3:57pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Plum Granny Farm -- you either signed up at a market or on our website.  We are glad to have this brief opportunity to share some news of the farm with you!


Happy Friday, Farm Friends! 

Greetings from New Zealand!

Well, not really but it sure has seemed like a scene out of the film, "The Piano" during the last week.  The rain and clouds have definitely had a dampening effect on our production.  We haven't started building raised walkways yet but it seemed to be almost a necessity a few days ago -- have gotten over 4 inches of rain!  I was just out in the garlic field and it seemed like the tide had finally gone out -- hooray!

Speaking of the garlic field, the garlic is starting to begin its late spring Scape Ballet.  I love the curling and twirling that the hardneck garlic "flower" stalks do at this time of the season.  If you let them, the scapes will get very tall and straight but we harvest them early so they are tender -- we like them better that way and we know that you do too!  Look for them on our market table for the next couple of weeks.  Check out the shallot flowers too -- it is essentially the scape on a shallot plant.  Interesting fact:  another term for scapes is "garlic whistles" - just in case you are ever on Allium Jeopardy!

Hardneck Garlic Scape curls 
The dreary weather has definitely dampened the spirits of the strawberries.  We unfortunately will not be able to have a pick-your-own this weekend on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day).  Hopefully with the sun and warmer weather forecast for the coming week, we can invite you to our strawberry field next weekend (June 2).  Sorry to have to postpone once again!  We'll let you know definitely by next Friday of our plans.

Here's a quick market report for Saturday and Wednesday:

It is great to be back in Old Salem on Saturdays!  Thanks so much to those of you who came out last week -- and there were some brave souls who were even shopping in the pouring rain during the last 30 minutes!  Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day.  Market starts at the bell ring at 9 and goes until noon every Saturday.

The King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA runs every Wednesday from 11-1.  Keep on sharing the news!!  Let's celebrate this gem in our community!
Here's what you can expect to see on our table:
   Certified Organic Products:
    -- Strawberries
    -- Asparagus  (green & purple)
    -- Garlic Scapes 
    -- Shallot Flowers
    -- Sugar Snap Peas
    -- Baby Artichokes
    -- Baby Mesclun Salad mix
    -- Heirloom Tomatillo Transplants

And for your Memorial Day cookouts & grilling, stop by and taste a sample of our popular Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce!  We'll have a limited quantity tomorrow so better hurry!  We'll also have our raspberry and blackberry jams and the last of our Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter.
Hope to see you at market on Saturday or Wednesday!  You can always call or email to let me know if you'd like me to save you something. 

Take good care and e
njoy the return of our friend, Mr. Sun!

Cheryl & Ray

Growing Garlic at Home!

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 11+ years experience of growing this essential crop.  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  Register now for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop.  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 13 from 2-5 -- just in time for planting. The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. To register, use our online form.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.


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