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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for March 1, 2018 -- Comand Month

Posted 3/6/2018 6:06pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

I have decided to start a petition.  It's a rather simple petition:  change the name of the 3rd month of the year from "March" to "Run." 

Yes, "March" is a command -- we had a friend in DC that told us that her birthday was Command Day (March 4th).  But I think that "Run" captures the urgency of the month and its tasks so much more accurately.  In the month of Run, we are doing just that.  We are running to get fields prepped, seeds sown, transplants planted, supplies ordered, equipment repaired, etc.  In the month of Run, we are closer to the start of market and further from the slower place of winter. 

Yes indeed.  I think a change is needed.  Who's with me?


Lots of great things happening on the farm this week -- in between the rain.  Although we didn't get Wally the High Tunnel finished, there's not too much more to finish before he gets a cover.  Hooray!

And we didn't let the lack of a cover stop us from planting the first crops in it!  Chris got the beds tilled and shaped.  And then snap peas were the celebratory first planting.  Looking good!

Our running around last weekend resulted in a bunch of potatoes in the walk-in cooler.  We'll be cutting them into appropriate sizes (there were some real lunkers!) and then warming them up before we plant in a few weeks.

We also received all of our ginger and turmeric orders.  Part of what we ordered was destined for Dr. Guochen Yang at NC A&T for his ginger high tunnel trials.  On Wednesday, Ray (and Detroit) spent much of the day cutting the ginger into proper sizes. 

Then on Thursday, Ray delivered the ginger to Dr. Yang and his team.  The boxes were opened and they got right to work on getting the ginger going on presprout!

   

PlumFresh Is Selling Out F-A-S-T !
We had a great time at the Meet Your Farmer/CSA Day event sponsored by Forsyth County Cooperative Extension last Friday!  It was great to have the opportunity to talk to folks about our farm and let them know what we have going on!

We are blown away at the tremendous response that we have had to our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program sign-ups this year!  We are filling up FAST!  Our Cobblestone Market pick-ups only have a very few slots remaining but we do have openings for our Wednesday on-farm pick-ups and Wednesday delivery option (for just $4 you can have your bag of farm-fresh, Organic goodies dropped off at your DOOR!).

PlumFresh is not your typical CSA.  We have lots of fruits and there's no big up-front cost.  A great benefit is its flexibility -- if you need, you can skip a week and not be charged.  Here's what one of our members said about the program:

Plum Fresh has got to be the best CSA ever. The variety of delicious, fresh, organic fruits and veggies is amazing. Each week we look forward to not only our "box" but the creative recipes and tips provided. Add the flexibility of the program and Plum Fresh has got to be #1 among CSAs.

Don't miss out -- get your spot today!  We have a new online registration form available here.  If you'd still like more information about PlumFresh, click here. We would LOVE to be YOUR farmer!

Thinking About a Garden?
In today's Winston-Salem Journal, garden writer Amy Dixon discusses things to consider when starting your spring garden.  She kindly contacted us for some advice and you'll even see some great photos of our peas and cabbage seedlings.  Check out her story here.   And if you want to get some great plant starts, mark April 22 and April 29 on your calendar for our big Plant Sale!

In closing, we want to pay a tribute to Steve Gauthreaux.  We just learned that Steve passed away on February 25.  Steve (aka the Praline Man) was our neighbor at the Cobblestone Farmers Market for a couple of years.  His business, Steve's Pralines, came after a long military career but was born from his Louisiana roots. He taught us the proper way to pronounce those tasty candies.  His delicious pralines brought a smile to so many.  Our condolences to his family.

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

It's Time to Think Garlic!

Mark your calendar for our popular Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop!  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 14 from 2-5!  The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. For a registration form, click here.

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!  

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