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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- All Aboard the Polar Express!

Posted 1/5/2018 11:36am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! Happy New Year!
Boy, 2018 knows how to get our attention, huh?  Call it the Bomb Cyclone or Deep Freeze of the Century, this stretch of cold weather is quite memorable.  The lowest recording was 8 on Tuesday but the wind chill has been much, much colder.  This weather even has Gesti enjoying a blanket!

And as tempting as it might be to stick inside all day, every day during this wintry blast, we still have chores to tend to outside.  We pile on as many clothes as possible (at times I feel like the kid brother in "A Christmas Story" -- I sure hope I don't fall down because I'm not sure if I'll get back up!).

Having even a few animals requires us to venture out for their comfort and health -- I can only imagine what someone with a large herd does in conditions like this.  Twice daily, we have to dump out the ice in the buckets and fill with fresh water.  We are amassing quite a collection of ice sculptures, don't you think?

And the water trough has turned into a glacier -- even with daily chopping!

And we are trying to keep some of the wind off of Brix in her shelter. She's not quite as cold loving as BB and Tony.  The pallets went up before the end of the year and on Wednesday Chris & Jonny covered them with a tarp -- which unfortunately ripped off in Thursday night's wind.  Next try -- Ray installed a wood panel.  If this blows down, we've got a LOT to be worried about!

 

But despite the cold conditions, we try to keep a smile on our faces and count our blessings.  That's easy to do when the sun comes out and the wind lays down.  And stopping for a sausage biscuit snack during farm clean-up doesn't hurt either!

The cold creates new scenes of beauty all around us...

These cold days do make it easier to get our year-end wrap-ups done and to begin our crop planning for the new season.  We have some wonderful things in store for you and we'll be sharing them soon!

As we close this edition of the year's first newsletter, we want to share a photo collage with you.  This is from our Top 9 posts in Instagram last year -- obviously carrots, garlic and ginger were a hit!  If you don't follow us on Instagram, please do -- we post several times each week about the goings on here at the farm.

That's it for this week.  Stay warm!

Cheryl & Ray

It's Time to Think Garlic!

Mark your calendar for our popular Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop!  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!  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 14 from 2-5!  The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. For a registration form, click here.

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!  

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