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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 6/14/2013 9:57am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy Friday, Farm Friends! And Happy Flag Day!
We are feeling grateful this morning that the storms yesterday passed us by – amazing that there was so much destruction so close to us while all we saw was a dark sky, a little downpour and some wind.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who experienced damage.

Things finally dried up enough that we were able to plant raspberries in Raz 1 (our pick-your-own field).  The field had really suffered from the past couple of years of heat and drought-stress, so we wanted to replace all the plants.  Some of our favorite varieties are in the field now:  Caroline, Anne and Joan J.  We should get some berries this year from these but only a partial crop – but we are still hopeful that our main field will have a good yield!
Planting raspberries in Raz 1

The big news of the week is that the garlic harvest is beginning!  Next week we will really be up to our necks (pun intended!) in garlic!  First it’s the softnecks (Inchellium, Red Toch) and then we move to the hardnecks (Georgian Crystal, Bogatyr, etc.)  Our barns will soon be bursting with garlic!  We’ll have more fresh, uncured garlic at market this week.

Speaking of market, here’s what we’ll have at market on Saturday (Old Salem) and Wednesday (King):

Certified Organic Produce:

  • Fresh Garlic (Spanish Roja, Georgian Crystal, Red Toch, Elephant)
  • Garlic Scapes (Bogatyr. Persian Star, Chesnok)
  • Baby Artichokes (Saturday only)
  • Baby Mesclun Salad Mix (Saturday only)
  • Baby Kale Mix (Saturday only)

We will also have our beautiful Elephant Garlic flowers available.  They make a stunning floral arrangement that lasts for weeks!

Elephant garlic flowers in field 
Don’t forget that Father’s Day is Sunday!  I’ll bet your Dad likes to grill (or at least eat grilled food!).  Take a taste of our Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Grilling Sauce – a sweet and spicy blend that is terrific grilled on chicken, pork or shrimp.  We’ll also have lots of jars of our raspberry or blackberry jams.  Tastes are encouraged!

We look forward to seeing you at market!  You can always call or email to let us know if you'd like something saved for you. 

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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