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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 10/3/2014 8:52am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

As it dawns on us that there are less than 3 months left to the calendar year, we are rushing to get many things done before the first frost!!  Things are starting to change in the fields as we transition from summer to fall/winter crops.  One of the biggest changes is that most of the tomato plants have been taken down and the t-posts and trellis lines have been removed -- the field looks so much different now!  As part of our field sanitation and insect /disease control, we burn much of the residue from the field.  This helps make sure that bad bugs don't have a cozy home to hang out over the winter.  We move the cuttings to a burn pile away from other fields and structures and light it.  Since the residue on the pile was dry, the pile burned quite quickly.

Ray burning plant residue

Preparations for the 2015 Strawberry Field are coming along nicely.  We hope to finish covering the beds today and rolling out the hay.  Once again we are using landscape fabric -- a nice thing about the fabric is that we can reuse it for several years in different crops.  Here are a couple of shots of the progress:

 Ray shaping beds with the Cub         Beds for strawberries covered in plastic

Lots of other things going on -- we were contacted by TWC News (formerly News 14 Carolina) for an interview on the availability of funding for organic certification.  So yesterday, Cheryl showed the reporter around the farm (in the fog) and did a brief on-camera interview -- hopefully no equipment was broken in that event!

Next Tuesday (10/7), Cheryl & Ray will be doing a workshop on "Growing Great Garlic at Home" at Reynolda Gardens.  It will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Education Wing.  There is a $5 fee unless you are a Friend of the Gardens or are Wake Forest University faculty, staff or student.  Come on out and learn about growing garlic at home!

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  On Wednesday, find us at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables? Old Salem market customers -- this will be the last week for our roaster and Sweet Italian Roasting Peppers.  Just follow your nose to our purple tent!  Samples too!

And tomatoes are still on the menu!  Our feature this week is the Mini Orange tomato. A great salad size tomato!  We'll also have those delicious Striped Romans, heirloom slicers, quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes, and pints of Red Pearl and mixed fruit tomatoes.  Just a few more snap green beans (Rattlesnake Pole)!  The first of the Garlic Braids will appear!  As usual, there will be lots of garlic -- Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, Purple Italian, and Lorz Italian -- as well as Aji Dulce (the sweet habanero) and shishito peppers, swiss chard (small amount) and okra (green & burgundy) -- all Certified Organic!  And if you want to try the Garlic Scape Pesto -- this will be the last week (until next year)!  In the Jam Department, we are all stocked up! 

And don't forget our certified organic strawberry plants.  Chandler and Sweet Charlie are available in 4-packs -- this will be the last week.

As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.

And just because..... here's a picture of our ever-photogenic boys......

Cats on the pump cover

Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

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