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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Always Treats, Never Tricks!

Posted 10/28/2016 9:06am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!

Halloween is in the air -- decorations seem to be everywhere!  Around here, we are a little less into celebrating Halloween and a lot more into celebrating Fall.  Although last year, we did dress up as bees for Cobblestone Farmers Market!

Bee Ray with Golden Retreivers at Cobblestone in 2015

This year, to celebrate the season, we had a Fall Festival of Thanks Party for our wonderful volunteers and PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program members!  It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon filled with cornhole, hay rides, playing with BB, food and pumpkins!

Pumpkins for Fall Festival   Picking the biggest pumpkin

A project we have been trying to get to for a while is to create a new space for the lambs.  Our plan is to have the pasture divided into 3 sections so we can rotate them every few weeks.  In addition to getting the fencing erected, we also have to build shelters.  We are almost ready to move the lambs -- their shelter is almost done -- and they are very interested in seeing what this new building is!

Building the new lamb hutch  Lambs anxiously awaiting their new home

We are also getting ready for garlic planting! The seed garlic we have ordered is coming in (trying a couple of new varieties this year) and Ray is working on getting the field prepared.  We'll be using the field that grew this year's potatoes and okra for our 2017 garlic crop.  By the way, the garlic that we planted with our workshop group 3 weeks ago is rocketing out of the soil!  Check this out!

Demo garden garlic plot

We've also been planting some other fall crops (kale, broccoli, collards, pac choi, scallions) so we will have greens into the winter.  RingBob has decided that he likes to help plant too.

RingBob and the plants

Plans are coming along for our Holiday Market for Small Business Saturday.  The paperwhite narcissus are now planted and should be nicely formed for the Holidays!

Paperwhite narcissus in bowls

Market Update

 We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday from 9-noon) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness!  Here's what you'll find on our tables:  Baby Ginger, Garlic Powder and Granules, Garlic Sampler Bags, bulb garlic (this week's feature is K's Backyard and we'll have 5 other varieties), garlic braids, Swiss Chard, "teen" and baby kale (Dino and curly Vates), some tomatoes, a few pie pumpkins (plus a recipe for savory stuffed pumpkin), rosemary bunches, a few bags of snow peas and the first of our kale and arugula microgreens

We will also have bags of Seed Garlic -- this is our biggest garlic that we save for planting (bigger cloves yield bigger garlic).  If you've ever wanted to grow garlic at home, let us help!  We even have home-sized bags of soil amendments available.

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Happy Halloween!  Be safe out there!

Cat in the tree  Porch spider

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

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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