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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Let's Turn Back the Hands of Time

Posted 11/4/2019 12:40pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy November!

October roared out like a lion!  What a blustery day!  Yesterday's weather wasn't perfect for many outdoor tasks but there we were...planting strawberries!  More than 2.5 inches of rain, heavy wind, mud... at least it wasn't cold.  It was a mess -- and we've got the laundry to prove it!

While we didn't get all of the strawberries planted, we made a very good dent.  Ray tried to burn more holes in the landscape fabric but it was too wet and the wind kept blowing out the flame!  So we planted everything that would fit in the holes that we had from the old landscape fabric.  1,500 down, 1,300 to go!

We've had a lot of deer pressure this year and they love a strawberry plant salad bar.  So we had to do a lot more than just hope that the deer wouldn't find the plants.  We went all-in and constructed a pretty amazing heavy-duty fence around the field.  It is a double 3-strand electric fence with a top line of wire tape with the outer section angled out.  That top line will improve the visibility of the fence for the deer so they will know that something is in their way -- and will mess with their depth perception.  The top outer line is then baited with peanut butter on foil -- the lead doe will be attracted by the smell of peanut butter and will reach out for a taste and -- zap!  Here's Jonny demonstrating how the fence works (no employee was harmed in the making of these photographs...):


Doing the Pre-Frost Hustle
We will be scurrying around today getting ready for the first frost.  The next four days are supposed to have low temperatures between 29-31 degrees with clear skies.  Perfect frost conditions!  There are still lots of peppers and a few tomatoes in the field that need to be harvested before the freeze comes.  Plus we've got to get the ginger and turmeric out of the high tunnel and squeeze it into the greenhouse!  It's time to batten down the hatches, close the windows and get ready for some frosty air.  I don't think I'm ready for this! Yikes!

And speaking of covering up things, we got our most recent hoop house, Tabby, covered this week.  Today we have to get the end wall and doors in place so that our tender snow peas and snap peas are protected.


Some Days....

Tuesday wasn't Detroit's best day.  A couple of roaming dogs wandered through the farm and decided that it would be great to chase Detroit.  He did what any self-respecting cat would do -- climb a tree.  Unfortunately he climbed so well that he was out of reach of any ladder that we had on the farm!  He was about 35' up and our tallest ladder is about 19'.  There was no way to climb the tree beyond the ladder since there were no other branches to hold on to -- and we don't have tree climbing gear. And cats can't climb down trees... those claws just don't work that way.

After about an hour, Detroit decided that he had enough.  He jumped down!  That was scary!  But thankfully he was alright.  He needed to go rest after that ordeal (in hiding, of course!) but came out a few hours later walking just fine.  Whew!  I think he used up one of his 9 lives!

Mark Your Calendar!  Small Business Saturday on November 30!
The vendors are lined up!  The invitations are printed!  We're getting ready for our sixth annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  More details will be coming over the next few weeks but we wanted to get this date on your calendar.  It's a great opportunity to support small businesses in the community -- and actually have fun doing your Holiday shopping in a relaxed, festive environment.  We're teaming up with our friends at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery once again for this big event.

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update 
Just 3 more weeks of market at Old Salem after tomorrow!  It's going to be a sunny, chilly morning but bundle up and get the goods for some tasty meals.  That nip in the air will be perfect for getting you ready for some warm and comforting foods.  And we've got you covered!  

Our delicious Sweet Potatoes and Baby Ginger pair well in lots of yummy dishes -- pick some up and ask us for a recipe!  And as the weather gets colder, it's time to make a big ol' pot of Green Chicken Chile Stew!  Grab a bag of our fire-roasted green chile (Mild and Medium) and we'll give you a recipe to bring a little bit of New Mexico to your kitchen!

In addition to these, you'll find

  • Peppers Galore!  Chile, Hot Peppers, Mild Peppers, Sweet Peppers (Lunchbox and Jimmy Nardello)
  • Roasted Poblano Peppers and Roasted Aji Dulce Peppers (both are vacuum-packed and freeze great!)
  • The last of the beautiful Heirloom Eggplant
  • Daikon Radishes
  • Pea and Sunflower Shoots
  • And lots more!

Please note that we will NOT have garlic this week.  We hope to have the last of our culinary garlic next week.

As usual, if you'd like us to hold an item for you, please email no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday night and we'll have it waiting for you. 

That's a wrap for this edition!  

This weekend holds a favored day among your farmers -- Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning which means we get an extra hour of S-L-E-E-P!  Happy Snoozing!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

PlumFresh Is Full but Get in Line for 2021!

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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!

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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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