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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Garlic Galore!

Posted 11/11/2016 7:14am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!

Today is Veteran's Day.  It's an important day for our nation that is about more than a day off work or school and big sales at stores.  Veteran's Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who served this country. They served and fought to protect us, to keep our country safe, and to preserve our way of life. Veterans gave their time, and risked their lives for you and me. In some cases, they made the ultimate sacrifice.

Please take a moment to remember our veterans and say a word of thanks. Both Ray and Cheryl's fathers were part of the Greatest Generation, serving their country during World War II. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our veterans.  Thank you for your service!

It's garlic planting time!  Today we will start planting garlic -- hooray!  The field is ready -- the beds are nicely shaped and the irrigation lines have been laid out.  And much of the garlic has been cracked and is ready to go into the ground. And our dear friends Susan and Howard and their family are coming up from Siler City to help!  What great friends!

We are very excited to be planting.  The past few years we have been slowed down by a lot of rain right when we want (and need) to plant.  Well, this year's drought is taking care of that! We'll be planting about 18,000 cloves this year plus about 12,000 cloves for spring garlic.  This is a far cry from what we started on Thanksgiving weekend 2007 when we planted our first cloves in the little bed by the barn (aka the Test Bed).  Ray, Cheryl and Mike Sprinkle planted about 2 pounds of cloves -- took us about 15 minutes to crack it.  Now our porch is filled with crates of seed garlic and there's still more in the barn!  I guess we liked growing it!

Ray and Mike planting garlic
  Garlic bulbs ready to be cracked

We'll see if RingBob gets into the act of planting this year.  His predecessor, Wally, was always ready to jump in to supervise whatever planting tasks we had. Ummm, I think RingBob will probably have a wait a year!

Wall the Bosscat You don't see me, do you?

Just 2 weeks Away!  Holiday Market!

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 26 (10-3) for our 3rd Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market here at the farm!  Pick up a flyer at Cobblestone Farmers Market (or several places around town) -- it has the full list of participants.  Between us and Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, we have more than twenty vendors!  You'll be able to take care of your Holiday shopping needs LOCALLY!  All kinds of items will be available from goat cheese to truffle butter, from jewelry to baskets, from jams to garlic gift boxes, from Christmas trees to fresh pine wreaths and roping.  Don't forget -- Shop Small!

Market Update

We are in the final stretch for Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem!  This week and next week are the LAST two markets of the year.  We'll be there tomorrow with lots of Certified Organic tastiness!  A special treat will be our Fire Roasted Ancho Chile Peppers!

Ray roasting green chile for market

Here's what else you'll find on our tables:  Bubba Blue Baby Ginger, some Tomatoes, Tomatillo Salsa Kits and Green Beans.  And of course there's all things garlic:  Garlic Powder and Granules (Purple Italian and Lorz Italian), Garlic Sampler Bags, bulb Garlic (this week's feature is German Red and we'll have 5 other varieties), and Garlic Braids. And don't forget the Garlic Scape Pesto -- this could have a nice role in your Thanksgiving feast!

If YOU want to plant garlic, you'd better hurry to get your bags of Seed Garlic -- this is our biggest garlic that we save for planting (bigger cloves yield bigger garlic).  If you've ever wanted to grow garlic at home, let us help!  We even have home-sized bags of soil amendments available.

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Enjoy these sunny warm days while they last -- the bees are trying to squeeze out every drop of sunshine!

Bumblebee on sunflower

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Plant Your Victory Garden Now!

Interested in planting your Covid-19 Victory Garden?  Plum Granny Farm is happy to help!  We'll be holding our 7th annual Spring Plant Sale the first weekend in May.   Four terrific days to find those perfect plants for your own Victory Garden – Friday, May 1 (10-4), Saturday, May 2 (10-4), Sunday, May 3 (1-4) and Monday, May 4 (10-3). 

On Friday and Saturday, we will reserve the first 2 hours of the plant sale to seniors and those at-risk.  We will also have procedures in place to ensure adequate social distancing such as limiting the number of people in the greenhouse at any time, asking visitors to bring and wear masks and maintaining 6' spacing in checkout lines, etc. Other preventive measures will be in place as well for hand sanitation, etc. 

Hundreds of plants will be available!  For a complete list, please click here.

PlumFresh Registration Is Open NOW!

Sign-ups for our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program have begun.  This program is our own twist on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  It is flexible and customizable -- and you don't have to pay for the entire season upfront.  Click here for more information!  Ready to sign up now?  Click here!

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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