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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for November 9, 2018 -- Better Bundle Up - Here Comes the Cold!

Posted 11/12/2018 7:39am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  
The weather forecast is causing some shivers around the farm!  Time to get stuff buttoned up for a freeze.  With lows predicted in the 20's over the next week, we needed to get a few tasks complete.

One of the major items on our to-do list was to get our newest high tunnel (Mama Meow) covered.  It will be the site of our Small Business Saturday Holiday Market on November 24 so the time was right to make that happen.   We got it mostly complete yesterday despite some pretty strong wind gusts.  Have you ever tried holding a 53' x 30' sheet of plastic with 15 MPH wind gusts?  NOT EASY!  Now we just need to get the back wall window sealed and the other roll-up complete and we will be good to go!

 

Testing...1-2-3, Testing
It's test time around the farm!  As part of the ongoing review of our soils and water, we get soil tests from all of our fields as well as water tests from our wells and pond.  We have to do this as part of our Organic Inspection (which got postponed to next week).  But we also do it to monitor our soil health and water quality as we improve and sustain our fields for healthy food.  It's all part of ensuring that we are doing the right stuff!  Home gardeners should also make sure to get their soils tested -- that way, you'll know exactly what nutrients are needed for your garden.  Soil tests are free until November 30.  Here is a link to the form.

We had a wonderful day at the farm on Sunday!  We held our 3rd Annual Thank You Party for our terrific volunteers and PlumFresh members.  There was lots of eating, talking, sitting around the fire and hay-riding.  But the biggest start of the show?  Three guesses... Mia!  (Of course, Cara was a star, too.)  And the walk in the Pepper Forest was very tasty (despite finding a hot pepper!)

 

Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!
It's just TWO weeks away!  Saturday, November 24 from 10-3 is our 5th Annual Holiday Market!  We have a great line-up of vendors here at the farm:  Borrowed Land Farm, Bunny's Trees, Chad's Chai, Greenberries Farm, Monteith Homestead, Mystic Wolf's Den and Scattered Seeds Farm.  More details on what folks will be bringing are coming soon.  We will also have a great food truck, Almost Home Cooking that will be serving up biscuits, burgers and more!  For ongoing updates and breaking news, please check our Facebook Event page.

Don't forget that our friends at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery will have a bunch of vendors too! Plan for a great day of FUN!  Pick up a flyer at market for all the details and get ready to Shop Small!

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Pink, Pink, Pink!  It's Baby Ginger season!  Just think of the wonderful creations you can have for your Thanksgiving meals with this healthy delicious crop.  Check out our recipe sheet for instructions on how to make candied ginger -- an easy and tasty after-dinner mint!

For the next to the last Cobblestone market, we'll also have Green Beans, the first of our Green Chile and Poblano Peppers, Shishitos, Sweet Red Peppers, Trick or Treat (no heat habaneros) Peppers, Kohlrabi, Kale, Daikon Radishes, Garlic, Sunflower Shoots and MORE!  All of our products are Certified Organic and we grow everything we sell.

A Note about Jam:  Several of you have asked about our jams -- where are they?  We will have a very few jars next Saturday but we will have a full selection at our Small Business Saturday event and online.

Sunday is Veteran's Day.  It is also the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.  We offer our thanks and deep appreciation to all of those who have served our country.  As the children of two World War II vets, we have a special connection to this day.  If you are a Veteran, THANK YOU for your service!

 

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Small Business Saturday Coming Soon!

Saturday, November 24 is the BIG DAY!  It's time to #shopsmall and #shoplocal!  We'll be hosting our 5th Annual Holiday Market here at the farm from 10-3.  Eight vendors and a food truck will all be on hand to get your Holiday Season started right! Sign up for our weekly email to get more details or check our Facebook page (@PlumGrannyFarm).

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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