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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 1/15/2016 12:05pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Even though it is only the second week of January, in many ways, it still feels like we are behind -- and we are hearing this from other farmers as well! 

As the pressure to grow crops year-round mounts, it makes it more difficult to use the winter months for the all-important planning, maintenance and restorative time that are essential for a successful farm.  That is one of the reasons that we decided not to participate in the new Cobblestone Winter Market that starts this Saturday (9-11 Downtown in the Chatham Building).  We felt that we would be better off using the time that it takes to prepare for market (not to mention the growing the crops!) to get ourselves really ready for the upcoming season.

And our planning has begun!  We spent a few hours the other day setting up a calendar of events for the farm -- we have 10 to 13 on-farm events planned for 2016!  We'll be doing more classes along with our popular Spring Open Greenhouse, Farm Tour and pick-your-owns.  Watch this space!

The greenhouse has had several projects on our to-do list this week.  Chris and Ray have been replacing the lower half of the end walls with plywood.  This will help provide better insulation (especially on the north end of the building) and will help reduce our propane use (saving $ and energy is important!). We will be putting new plastic on the upper half of the ends next.

Working on the greenhouse north wall  Working on the greenhouse south wall

We've also started seeding (and this is one thing that is earlier than the past 2 years!).  Thousands(!) of tiny onion, leek and shallot seeds are going into trays.  We make our own planting mix from our used coir from the ginger and turmeric grow bags and add a few other soil amendments for fertility and microbial activity.  It's a great way to use a ready resource that we have available -- and the good news is that it works great!  Once we seed the trays, they go into the "Inner Sanctum" of the greenhouse on heat mats until they germinate.  Think happy, growing thoughts!

Seed trays in the greenhouse

Speaking of special on-farm events, mark your calendar for Saturday, February 13 from 10-2 for our 2nd Annual Valentines Market!  We'll be in our warm greenhouse with several other farm friends and lots of goodies for your loved ones!  More information to come but we wanted to get the date on your calendar!

That's the news for this week!  But Brix, BB & AB, wanted to greet you before we sign off -- or maybe they wanted you to feed them!

Waiting for dinner

Until next week,

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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