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No Weekend Market for Us! -- Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted 10/2/2015 11:25am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Let's get the main news out of the way first -- we will not be at Cobblestone Farmers Market tomorrow.  With a predicted storm and especially the accompanying wind, we feel that it is wise to not be there.  We feel that the risk for our products, tents, and especially our customers just isn't worth it.  As of now, the market is scheduled to go on as usual but that may change.  To know the latest about the market, check out their Facebook Page.

It's another windy, chilly and rainy day here at the farm.  The wind has been howling all night and a constant mist has been swirling all morning.  We've had nearly 3.5 inches of rain since last Thursday and it sounds like there is a good chance of a couple more inches before this thing is past us.  Our rain totals aren't as high as some of our fellow farmers -- In Season Gardens in Danbury had over 5 inches as of Wednesday and Ridgecrest Farm in Lawsonville had over 7".  Lots of water!

WXII-TV was interested in hearing about the impact of the rain on farmers, so they came up and interviewed us for last night's news.  Thanks to Veronica White for visiting us!  We've already heard from a few of you that you saw it!

The rain is definitely having an impact on the crops -- development of bean pods and okra has slowed a lot and we are starting to see mold on squash plants.  We keep on trudging out into the field in our rain gear and picking away!  Several crops are still pouring in -- we harvested over 50 pounds of muscadines and scuppernongs yesterday and today!

Ray and Chris picking snow peas  Harvesting in the rain

We finally were able to get to Camp Hanes to make some jam!  It was good timing with the rain -- Cheryl brushed off her jam-making skills and replenished our stocks!  We now have Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle, Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint and a special edition Blackberry Caramel Jam!  So for those of you who have been waiting, come and get it!

Jams cooling at Camp Hanes

BB Update

Today's weigh-in: 18.5 pounds! Her new favorites are snow peas and sugar snap peas -- vines, flowers, peas...yum!  And she and her kitten friend have become roommates -- the kitten is in a crate next to BB in the living room (the house is starting to feel like a barn!).  BB is a very comforting and calming influence on the kitten -- it has begun taking food from our hands! The kitten will soon be moving to its new home with Chris & Summer!

BB is innately curious and finds all kinds of things to explore -- she found the soap suds from the drain when we were washing buckets the other day!

BB and the suds  BB in repose in the grass

Garlic Growing Workshop

A few more slots remain for our hands-on garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 11 from 2-5.  If you are interested, get your registration in soon!  Attendance is limited to 15 people.

Market Updates

Again, we WON'T be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon).  We WILL be at King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). We'll have lots of green beans (Jade round pod, haricot verts, Rattlesnake pole, Romano-type, and beautiful cream & purple-streaked Dragon Tongue), tasty Muscadines and Scuppernong Grapes, lots of cured garlic along with Okra, Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Roasted Green Chile, Pickling Cucumbers, Kale, Swiss Chard, Snow Peas (few) and Shishito Peppers (few)-- all Certified Organic.  And don't forget the JAMS!

 

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).

Stay warm & dry -- and be safe!  Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

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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