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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 6/6/2013 2:18pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy Thursday, Farm Friends! And Happy June!

The week started with a jolt.  A 6:15 a.m. phone call with a panicked voice on the other end:  “A tree just fell on the house!”  Not the recommended way to start the day (or week), I must admit.  So we ran next door to see what had happened at the “Church House,” the house we own next door (its original purpose was as a church when it was built in 1913).  A huge chestnut oak had fallen – but fortune was with us as it only grazed the house and porch.  If it had fallen a few feet more to the right, it would have been a different story indeed… maybe Church House's history played a role in the lack of damage  Here’s what we saw:


Fallenn oak tree                        


Trying to get back to farm work after The Great Tree Collapse took some real focus.  The main task for the week has been to plant raspberries but we keep getting delayed by the weather.  This rain cycle just keeps on coming!  It is nearly impossible for us to be able to get into the field to form beds for tomatoes and peppers so we’ll just be planting into flat rows – not the ideal but we must get many things into the ground since its so very late.

Our artichokes are doing nicely this year.  The Tavor artichokes that we planted last summer and overwintered came through pretty well despite the deer browse and cold.  Here’s one plant that is ready to harvest:

Artichoke plant with 3 artichokes

In terms of what will be at market on Saturday (Old Salem) and Wednesday (King), we’ll have the following Certified Organic produce:


  • Bogatyr & Georgian Crystal Garlic Scapes
  • Sugar Snap Peas (a few on Saturday)
  • Baby Artichokes (Saturday only)
  • Baby Mesclun Salad Mix (Saturday only)
  • Asparagus (just a small amount on Saturday only)
  • Sweet Red/Pink Salad Turnips

Don’t forget that Father’s Day is just around the corner!  If your Dad likes to grill (don’t most?), check out our Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Grilling Sauce – a sweet and spicy blend that is terrific grilled on chicken, pork or shrimp.  We’ll be sampling it on Saturday with some chicken.  If Dad’s not a griller, then maybe he’d like a jar of our raspberry or blackberry jam.  Stop by and try a taste!

Thanks so much for your support!  Look forward to seeing you at market!  You can always call or email to let me know if you'd like me to save you something. 

Stay dry and take good care!

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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