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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Beans A'Plenty!

Posted 9/11/2015 9:01am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Sunflowers in Demo Garden

Aren't sunflowers the most cheerful of flowers?  How can you look at them and not smile?  These big beauties are the sunflowers that our young visitors planted during the Farm Tour in July.  From seed to 7' blooming plant in 2 months -- amazing.

More amazing things are happening on the farm as well.  Our big bean harvest last week was quickly overshadowed by the ENORMOUS harvest this week!  On Monday alone, we harvested over 115 pounds and yesterday we got another 60! And there's more to pick today. Guess what we'll have on our table at market?!

Flat Shoals field in morning light

Our Flat Shoals field is looking really good with the successions of beans rolling in.  The winter squash plants are beginning to set fruit - so keep your fingers crossed.  Here's a baby "Nutterbutter" Butternut squash.

"Nutterbutter" Squash on the vine

Ray has been taking care of a few construction projects over the past few weeks.  One of the most exciting (for Cheryl anyway) is the work he has done on the wash line at the Tobacco Barn.  It is important to have a place to wash and pack produce that is clean, comfortable and efficient.  Sometimes it takes a while to figure out exactly what you need and what you want in a space.  After doing this for a while, we now have a better idea of what the wash line should look like and Ray has been working his carpentry and plumbing magic to make it so!  Washing lettuce for salad mix is SO much easier now!!

Ray and the wash line

BB Update

What a week for BB!  She has had a great time exploring lots of things -- garlic, peppers, beans, more garlic and Gesti.  This kid is getting BIG!  Today's weigh-in clocked her at 10 lbs. 9 oz.  The feeding schedule is a bit more manageable (not every 3 hours anymore!).  Her meeting with Gesti went very well -- lots of sniffing and interest on both of their parts.  Here's hoping that they can be buddies!

BB and Gesti  BB in the garlic  BB and Ray in the Yam Barn loft with garlic

BB will be back at Cobblestone on Saturday at Laura Frazier's FarmGirl Arts booth at the top of the Cobblestone Old Salem Market.  Stop by and say "hi" to BB and Laura!

Garlic Growing Workshop

It's time to think about planting garlic!  We will be offering a hands-on garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 11 from 2-5.  The workshop will provide extensive information on garlic growing as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  In addition to instruction, participants will receive 1/2 pound of seed garlic.  Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration and prepayment is required.  Cost of the course is $30.  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com for a registration form.

Market Updates

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). We'll have lots of green beans (Jade round pod, french filet, Romano-type, Rattlesnake pole).   We will also have lots of cured garlic along with Shishito Peppers, Okra, Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Muscadines, Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes, Saladettes and paste tomatoes), some Tomatillos, and Roasted Green Chile (small amount) -- all Certified Organic.

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).

Wishing a Happy New Year to our friends celebrating Rosh Hashanah beginning on Sunday! 

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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