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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Adios August

Posted 8/26/2016 10:29am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Kind of a hodge-podge week here at the farm.  A bit of this and a bit of that.  Perhaps it started with us trying to rid our pantry of miller moths and ending up with a complete makeover of the shelves!  Yes, it was a bit of an extreme approach to clearing the pantry, but it is SO much better now!

Ray cutting shelves for pantry

We had a great visit from the Mount Airy Garden Club on Tuesday.  We toured the farm and they got to learn about some of the crops that we currently have growing as well as our history and farming practices.  These ladies were really fascinated by the okra!  Most of them had not seen our heirloom Burgundy okra before!  If you are part of a garden club or some other organization, we are always happy to give tours or presentations at your group's meeting.  Just drop us an email and we can work out the details!  We are already booking dates in 2017 now!

Burgundy okra flowers

Our little kitten is still around the farm!  We have taken to calling him, "RingBob" (don't ask me why -- because I really don't know!).  He and Detroit are becoming pretty good buddies.  Now the task is to try to trap him so we can have him neutered and start the process of getting him more acclimated to us.

Detroit & Ringbob

Summer's waning days bring different light and a different feel to the air.  The past few days of cooler weather have been a balm but we can't get too comfortable yet!  Being on the cusp of Fall (just 25 more days!), we are between worlds -- some summer, some fall.  A few photos of both...

Beans in Daddy's Garden

Cucumber plants on a trellis

Butterfly on mailbox planter

Rows of okra, squash and covered cauliflower

Sunflowers

Dogwood berries turning red

Market Update

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including boatloads of fingerling (LaRatte) and standard POTATOES (German Butterball, Bintje and the last of the Nicola and Russet), CURED GARLIC (Red Toch, Music, Georgian Crystal, Purple Italian, Metechi and Lorz Italian), Okra (Heirloom Burgundy and Cajun Jewel), Tomato Fruit Boxes with our prize-winning Cherry Blossom tomatoes, Concord Grapes, Papalo (a Mexican herb similar to cilantro), Basil (Genovese, Rosie and Lemon), and a few Beets.  We'll also have Garlic Braids!  Don't forget the Garlic Scape Pesto -- have you tried it on a crusty baguette with a slice of tomato? 

We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Today is National Dog Day which recognizes the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. We've had a grand total of 6 dogs in our lives together - each one has been a very special member of our family.  Our last two, Mocha and Gesti came to us as shelter pets -- don't forget your local shelter when you are looking to adopt a dog.  Who rescued who?

Farm dog Mocha  Farm dog Gesti

Talk with you soon,

Cheryl & Ray

Growing Garlic at Home!

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 11+ years experience of growing this essential crop.  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  Register now for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop.  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 13 from 2-5 -- just in time for planting. The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. To register, use our online form.

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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