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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Amazing April

Posted 4/1/2016 11:27am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy April Fool's Day!

Spring is really coming on strong!  This morning I had to make a trip to Danbury.  I always enjoy the drive there because it is so pretty to see the "other side of the mountain."   Today it was even more so.  The woods were tinged with that incredible spring green (the one in the Crayola box doesn't compare), and the dogwoods, redbuds, wisteria and wild cherries were decked out in their finest.  The rhododendron leaves were shiny in the mist and the meadow at Moore's Springs had a perfect pop of yellow flowers.  It was almost enough to make me want to ditch my long to-do list and head over to Hanging Rock for a hike.  If you haven't been up to Stokes County lately, please take the opportunity to see her beauty in the spring -- you'll really enjoy it!  Our County may be lacking in some of the economic fuel that some of our neighbors have, but our County does have incredible beauty and magnificent open spaces.  Come check us out!

When I got back home, a quick walk around showed our own version of Spring's beauty:

Dogwood tree in bloom  Tulips in Raz 1  Poppa Johnny's Apple Tree scion  Pea flowers on the trellis

Okay, back to work!  A main focus of this week has been ginger!  We were fortunate to have some great volunteers from the Triad Buying Co-op help us get the bags ready on Saturday -- they spent several hours folding bags and filling them with coir mixture.  Thanks so much to John, Amy, Rob & Roxanne!

Amy & Roxanne folding bags

We've started the planting process and are pleased to say that we have planted 168 bags so far!!  That's about half of our ginger crop and we still have the turmeric to go (it is a little slow to wake up in pre-sprout. Team Ginger (minus Ray) shows off some of the progress:

Chris, Andrew & Cheryl with the ginger bags

With the invasion of all of these bags, Detroit was worried that he wasn't going to have a place to nap!  Better move, buddy!

Detroit napping on a pallet

On Wednesday we had a group of farmers from Franklin County come up and learn about growing ginger and turmeric.  We had fun sharing some of what we've learned in our 5 years of growing the crops.  We'll be doing an on-farm workshop on May 1 to help folks learn how to grow turmeric at home.

Markets Start SOON!

Now that the calendar has flipped to April, we are really starting to kick into high gear getting ready for markets!  Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem starts next Saturday (4/9) and the King Farmers Market begins on April 20.  It's looking like we will have asparagus along with salad mix, radishes and other greens for market opening!  Looking forward to seeing all of our market friends again!  We've missed you!

At market, we will also have additional information about our PlumFresh! Harvest Subscription Program.  There are only a few slots left and we'd love you to be part of our inaugural season!  This is a great program if you'd like to get a box of veggies & fruit weekly but want the flexibility to skip a week (or several).  Plus you don't have to pay for everything upfront! And we'll even deliver the box to your door*!  Depending on the weather, we hope to start at the end of April.

*within our delivery area

Wishing you an April Fool's Day filled with happy laughter - no foolin'!  Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

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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