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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 5/8/2014 4:57pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Happy Thursday, Farm Friends!  It's the 69th anniversary of V-E Day!

If you've spent more than 12 seconds with a farmer, you'll figure out that the most important topic on his or her mind is the weather.  Yes, it's true -- that's just about all we talk about!  These days we are talking about how it has gotten so dry.  It seems that we went from deluge to drought Our irrigation system has been getting a workout -- something we would have not imagined a month ago.  But that's okay - we are thankful that we are having some nice sunny days!

This week we have been continuing to ready the fields for planting - shaping beds with the Cub, laying drip tape and covering them with plastic mulch, if necessary. Tomorrow will be Solanaceous planting day!  Those yummy nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos) will be filling the beds in Flat Shoals along with okra and artichokes.  Here's Ray shaping the beds:

Ray shaping beds with the Cub tractor

With the warmer weather the brambles are starting to get bushier and we are seeing some flower buds!  And the Ouachita blackberries are in full bloom! We're not sure if there is enough foliage to support all of this fruit -- definitely some research is needed!

Ouachita blackberry flower

We had a wonderful time reconnecting with so many of you at the grand openings of the markets. Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem was amazingly beautiful last week.   At the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA we had a terrific turnout as well!

What will you find on our tables this week?  We'll have lots of Certified Organic Spring Garlic, asparagus (purple & green), baby kale, baby swiss chard, salad mix, mesclun mix, frisse, baby beets (few), pea shoots, baby bok choy, blackberry & black raspberry plants, transplants (tomatoes, tomatillos, basil and other herbs, peppers and eggplant), garlic powder and MORE!

We are extra excited about markets this week because our Allium Adventure Club members will be getting their first boxes!  If you are one of those people who like to wait to the very last second, the time is NOW if you want to join the Club!  Check out the website to download a form and email it back right away!

Don't forget that Mother's Day is Sunday and I'll bet your mom would love a jar of jam or a beautiful blackberry plant - don't you think?

We are happy to save an item for you in advance if you'd like.  Just shoot us an email the evening before the market.

Talk to you next week. Don't forget to celebrate World No Socks Day (that's today!)

Cheryl & Ray

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

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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