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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 2/28/2014 2:46pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Happy Friday, Farm Friends!
Know what the most common word in the farmer's vocabulary is -- well, at least the polite words?  Weeds!  Weeds are something that we have to deal with year-round on the farm.  Even in the winter, we must spend time getting them out of the fields.  This week, we spent many hours on hands and knees getting weeds out of the raspberries, blackberries and asparagus.  Weeds are more than just annoying plants that you don't want in a particular planting.  Weeds can dramatically impact the production of a crop.  Ray found a NC State study on the impact of weeded versus non-weeded raspberries and it showed that weedy raspberries can actually cut production to zero in a season!  And that study didn't include common weeds that we have like grasses and morning glories!  Sigh...no shortcuts in this business -- next up is the garlic! 

Emma and Chris in asparagus bedEmma and Chris walking out the asparagus beds that they just weeded.

Speaking of garlic, the garlic is doing very well.  The cold temperatures have done some damage, but the spring and the bulb garlic is popping up nicely!  A field walk last weekend gave us some reassurance!  There is a green fuzz on Ruth's field -- and we were so happy to find out that it wasn't weeds!

Spring garlic in late winterThe seed ordering and seeding continue.  Another flight of onions went in and we are starting to seed peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.  It is always so gratifying and amazing to see the first little push of green coming up in a tray.  Here is an Italian Heirloom artichoke.

Artichoke seedling in tray

We got some great news this week for the Allium Adventure Club!  There will be a couple of products that we will now be able to provide the Club members -- such as scape pesto and shallot vinegar! These are exclusive products for Club members that we won't be bringing to market.  If you haven't been able to check out the website, take a moment now!  We are offering a huge array of allium products that will allow you to take a virtual tour through the whole spectrum of onion, shallots, and garlic -- I'll bet we'll surprise you with the variety and breadth of selection -- and sheer fun and value of the experience!  Sign up now before your chance for the adventure slips away!

Allie the Allium Adventure Club Mascot

Talk to you next week.  Updates to come on spring markets.

Let's see if March roars in like a lion!

Cheryl & Ray


Elves at Work! Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

We've been really jammin' so now 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 or at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market.


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