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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for November 13, 2020 -- Breaking News! 📢

Posted 11/15/2020 12:02pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
Well, THAT was a soggy 24 hours!  The rain gauge was so full that it broke the strap!  Plus, we need a bigger rain gauge!

What a deluge -- we hope that you made it through the rain safely.  It was a deadly storm in parts of the state.  And we've seen so many pictures of farms that are flooded -- and our hearts go out to all of them.  Everything survived okay here -- it's just super soggy.

The good news is that Ray was able to make great progress on prepping the field for the 2021 Garlic Crop before we got 5.75 inches of rain.

     

The garlic field has been fertilized and plowed so now we just need to get the beds shaped before we can plant.  If things dry out and we don't get another major rain event, we should still be on target for planting by Thanksgiving.  Fingers crossed!

We also nearly finished the sweet potato harvest before the rain.  We got 3/4 of the way through the field on Tuesday.  While the harvest was respectable, it is no where near last year's records. We kind of got spoiled by that.  A late planting and intense deer pressure played a role in reducing this year's yield.  Dastardly Deer!

The sweet potatoes are now curing in the greenhouse and should be available by the last Cobblestone market on November 21.

 

A Visit from Roy's Folks!  DVR Alert!

We had a wonderful visit from Chad Tucker and David Weatherly of Fox 8 News this week!  They told us that they had heard about  our garlic and that they wanted to learn more about the farm.  We had a grand time walking around on a beautiful day showing them around the place -- everything from our garlic field preparations, seed garlic and the barn where we cure garlic to our ginger and other crops.  David even got drone footage of the farm!

Mark your calendar for this episode to air on Monday, November 16 at 8:55 a.m. and at 5:20 p.m.  After that time it will be on the Fox 8 News Roy's Folks page. Thanks so much, Chad and David!

Speaking of News.... 
We've got lots of updates to share with you!  First of all, we will not be hosting our annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market this year.  It would have been our 7th year for this event.  Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, our space is too crowded for us to host this event safely.  While we are disappointed, we hope to be back at it in 2021!

 Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

BREAKING NEWS!  We will NOT be at Cobblestone tomorrow.  

Our market van won't start and we're having to get it towed.  We will be back for the final market of the season next Saturday (November 21) with lots of goodies for your Thanksgiving table.  We are sorry to miss you tomorrow!

MORE NEWS! 
We also wanted to let you know that we will not be an on-site vendor at Cobblestone next year.  After doing markets for 11 years, we want to take a break to focus on our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program, online ordering, and an on-farm market.  We will continue to be part of Cobblestone as a Drive-Thru vendor in 2021.  So you'll still be able to enjoy our Organic fruits and veggies by ordering for Drive-Thru convenience!  And we will likely be a seasonal vendor when we have large quantities of fruit or veggies.

We've been planning and building these areas of our business for a couple of years, but with Covid-19 we've felt an increased urgency.  Demand for PlumFresh and interest in non-farmers market purchasing have been booming.  Given our size, we can't grow these options while continuing to participate in market as an on-site vendor.

We have long been a strong supporter for farmers markets -- and we still are.  We were part of the original Krankies Farmers Market which was the predecessor to Cobblestone.  Our very first farmers market was at the King market in August 2009.  We are grateful for all of you that we've met through these markets!  We have enjoyed our conversations about garlic varieties and ginger and shishitos and so many of the other new products that we introduced to the community through farmers markets.  We are appreciative of the Cobblestone Farmers Market management team that has worked so hard to keep Cobblestone alive during a pandemic -- a tip of the face mask to all of you!

So stay tuned for more details about how you'll be able to continue to get our products.  This winter we will be working on our on-farm market and we hope to have our online store ready by mid-December (tomatoes are on the way!). And registration for PlumFresh subscriptions will open in January. 


Whew!  That was a lot of news for one week, don't you think? 

We can't sign off without letting you know that today is World Kindness Day.

Let's remember to be kind and supportive of our fellow humans (and 4-footers).  In this time of divisiveness and discord, let's remember that kindness matters more than ever.

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

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