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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- All Treats, No Tricks!

Posted 10/30/2015 9:39am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

And Happy Halloween Eve!  Your farmers won't be out trick or treating tomorrow but we are getting ready for a scary good market for you!  More details below!

We had a pretty good rainfall this week -- 1.25 inches -- so things rehydrated and settled in.  And Brix got her curls back.

Brix and the curly coat

Knowing that the rain was coming, on Monday we prepped the area for the shallots.  We removed the remaining grass, added fertilizer and lots of leaves.  Ray was able to get out on Tuesday morning to form the beds  -- just in time before the rain began to dump.  Now the beds are all ready for planting shallots.  We added more French Red shallots to our seed order this year so hope to have a bigger crop in 2016!

Loading leaf mulch for the shallot beds    Spreading leaves in the field  Shallot beds all prepped and ready

After the rain, Chris and Amy tackled the older strawberry field to clear out the weeds and the old leaves and runners.  Check out the before and after shots -- Great job, guys!

Strawberry Field Before  Strawberry Field After

Garlic Planting

We had a great time yesterday at Old Salem Museum and Gardens talking to a group of about 30 garlic lovers on how to grow garlic at home.  Thanks so much to Vonnie Hannah for making this possible!  We have a VERY limited amount of seed garlic available.  If you are interested, please email us and we can bring it to market.  We will not be bringing seed garlic to market for general sales.  

BB Update

BB is turning into quite a young lady.  Today's weight is 29.6 pounds! And as she edges near the 30 pound mark, she is closer to weaning.  Yep, these bottle days are coming to an end, girl!

BB and the bottle

She got her ear tag this week (required of all sheep and goats through the National Scrapie Eradication Program, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.)  Scrapie is a terrible disease similar to mad-cow.  It is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats for which there is no cure or treatment.  BB is now enrolled in this tracking program and has the pink tag to prove it!

BB's new ear tag

Mark Your Calendar!

Plans are firming up for our 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday event here at the farm on Saturday, November 28 from 10-4.  Once again we are teaming with our friends at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery for the event. We have 4 vendors confirmed and are working on a couple more.  Stay tuned for more information!

Market Updates

Looks like we'll have a nice day for market tomorrow!  We will be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon).  

Baby Ginger

Lots of delights of the season on our table.  Our fresh, Organic Baby Ginger is looking really good and is available.  You'll be able to see a sample of our Baby Turmeric -- it isn't available for sale yet because we want it to grow out a bit more before full harvest in mid-November. 

We'll have the first of the Sweet Potatoes - we have 4 varieties:  Garnet, Covington, Sweetie Pie and Stokes Purple.  There will be lots of greens (Senposai, Kale, Swiss Chard, Pac Choy, & Tatsoi) for your stir-fry and salads.  We'll also have Salad Mix and FriseéWe are restocked with Music Garlic Powder and have a good number of packets of Garlic Granules.  We have a new mixture in our culinary garlic sampler bags and still have good stock of most of our garlic -- although some varieties are running out.  We'll also have Green Beans, Kohlrabi, Tomato Fruit Boxes, Fresh & Roasted Green Chile, Aji Dulce (sweet habanero) peppers, and  a wee bit of Okra -- all Certified Organic.  And don't forget our tasty jam!

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. Friday evening.

Happy Halloween -- be safe out there!

Scary cat in ttreeUntil next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Elves at Work! Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

We've been really jammin' so now 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 or at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market.


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