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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Back to School, Back to Market!

Posted 8/19/2016 6:10am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

We are back in the blender again!  Yep, the Market Pause faded away and we've been getting back to "normal" again.  Just like our back to school days, getting back to market requires lots of lists and preparation.  We're not dusting off our backpacks and composition books, but it's somewhat the same.... Gas in the van? Check!  Cashbox balanced?  Check!  Tablecloths clean?  Check!  Produce ready?  Check!  We got to ease into it at the King Farmers Market on Wednesday but we'll be put to the Cobblestone test on Saturday!  At least we'll be more refreshed than if we hadn't had a break!

Ray and the Bintje

Do you know what today is?  It's National Potato Day!  Wow! Now that's a holiday we can really sink our teeth into (sorry...I couldn't resist!) And given the spud friends that we cultivated this year, it's a day worth celebrating!  Find your spud love at market!

Potatoe love

Okay, if it's not potatoes, then it's about beans!  I am completely fascinated (obsessed?) with how quickly they grow!  We planted Rattlesnake Pole Beans in Raz House last Friday (8/12).  Here's a timelapse series of how they have developed in just one short week:

August 14:

Sprouted bean

August 15:

Bean sprouts

August 16:

Beans day 4

August 17:

Beans day 5

Keep your fingers crossed that they keep on growing and for a great crop of beans in October!

Here's what's happening with the ones in Daddy's Garden -- equally impressive!

Rows of green beans in Daddy's Garden

And We Have A Winner -- Us!

Maybe we're just in the Olympic spirit, but competitions are always fun!  And we have great news from Wednesday's King Farmers Market!  Our Cherry Blossom tomato won first place in both the judges' and the shoppers' balloting!  Yay!  Come check them out (very limited quantity) at Saturday's market!  No gold medal, but we did get a crown for a while!  Here's Cheryl after getting her crown from Market President, Harvey Moser (Moser Manor).

Cheryl and Harvey at the Tomato Tasting

Market Update

We are back at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including boatloads of fingerling (LaRatte and Banana) and standard POTATOES (German Butterball, Bintje and Nicola), CURED GARLIC (Red Toch, Music, Georgian Crystal, Purple Italian, Lahontan and Lorz Italian), French Red Shallots, Leeks, Okra, Tomato Fruit Boxes, Basil, Beets and Daddy's Pickle Kits (oh, so tasty!). We'll also have our Garlic Scape Pesto -- have you tried it on pizza with fresh tomatoes? 

We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

In closing, we want to offer the very best wishes and congratulations to our employee, Chris Overby, and his fiance, Summer Roten, who are getting married tomorrow!  We wish you all the love and happiness in the world! (And sorry we don't have a better picture of the two of you! This is from last summer's Greensboro Grasshoppers game)

Chris & Summer at the Grasshoppers game

Talk with you soon,

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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