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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Brrrr Edition

Posted 2/20/2015 10:34am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Ajo in snow

Ajo is having the kind of morning that most of us have had all week -- "how the heck do I walk on this stuff?!"  No, we don't have the 9' snowfall totals that the Boston area has had, but our snow, wind and extreme cold have put us all to the test this week. We've spent much of our time scraping, warming, draining and insulating things.  We got down to 4 degrees last night -- not the originally forecast -8 (thank goodness!) 

The cold has definitely tested many of our systems.  We have been storing some truffle butter in our walk-in cooler for our friend, Jane Morgan Smith of Truffles NC and we had to move it last night because things were freezing inside the cooler! Who'd a thunk!?  And one of the joys of living in a 140+ year old farmhouse is waking up every couple of hours to run water through the faucets to make sure there are no ice dams -- we have no insulation in the crawlspace of the house!

But the good news is that we have made it through the wintry blast relatively unscathed.  The greenhouse and hoop house are just fine and the crops got a little extra insulation -- both snow and field blanket (thanks to Rachel, Andy & Blaine for helping us cover the strawberries in the snow!).  A few photos...

Greenhouse with ice and snow    Garlic in the snow    Covering the south strawberry field    Pulling out the field blanket

The only casualty of the week was Poppa Johnny's apple tree.  Cheryl's grandpa planted this pippin around 1900 and the winds on Saturday night finally got the best of it.  It had been dying for the past several years and we got some scions grafted so we wouldn't lose this bit of history.  Poppa Johnny's apple tree's progeny now live on.  But the cats will have to wait a while before they can use them as a lookout.

Poppa Johnny's apple tree

Greenhouse fun continues!  This week as the snow swirled 'round the greenhouse, Cheryl was happily seeding more lettuce, cilantro and other early crops.  And the great thing is that things are starting to emerge!  Here are the artichokes:

Artichoke seedlings emerging

Thanks so much to all of you who came out for our first annual Valentine's Day Holiday Market!  We had lots of fun and lots of traffic!!  I think we'll make it an annual event!  A special thanks to our other vendors for sharing their talents and time with us all!

Gesti decked out for Valentine's Day

Stay warm -- and just remember that Spring is just one month away!!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Growing Garlic at Home!

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 11+ years experience of growing this essential crop.  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!  Register now for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop.  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 13 from 2-5 -- just in time for planting. The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. To register, use our online form.

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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