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Happy 2014 from Plum Granny Farm!

Posted 1/27/2014 1:19pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

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Happy Monday, Farm Friends! 
 
It's time for our break from e-newsletters to end!  Even though we have been off-line for a while, we have been quite busy getting ready for this new season.  Winter gives us the opportunity to reflect on last year's crops and to plan for the new year.  Maybe because of our backgrounds, we are BIG believers in whiteboards, flip charts, and Excel spreadsheets.  It was a very happy day last fall when Cheryl found a 5' whiteboard at ReStore at a great price!  Our living room looks like a scene out of a project planning meeting for the space shuttle - that is if they had a dog curled up on her bed!

Planning the season

The results of all of this planning will be more crops, more on-farm events and better outcomes in the field.  We know that weather and pests and weeds will trip us up -- but with a strong plan, we will be more ready to respond.  But the great thing about farming is that at the beginning of every year it is sort of like being a baseball fan (especially the Cubs!) -- on opening day, we are gonna win the pennant!

The cold weather has been a challenge but welcome.  We have seen the lowest temperatures that we can remember (or many other folks around here too) -- it was 2°F on January 6th! The good thing about it is that many of the pests that have been able to overwinter will not be able to survive - very good news!  Also our raspberries and garlic enjoy a good cold winter.  So see, there is a bright side to these frigid temps!

The polar vortex hasn't kept us out of the field though.  We have kale, endive, lettuce and chard under low tunnels.  This week we are mowing the raspberries and last week we put straw on the shallots and the spring garlic to insulate them a bit more.  Here's Elliot blowing out the straw and Chris wrestling with raspberry canes:

Blowing straw on Spring Garlic in Ruth's fieldChris with raspberry canes

We'll be back in touch next week.  We have some really exciting news to share!

Looking forward to another great partnership in 2014!

Cheryl & Ray

Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

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!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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