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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Coming Attractions!

Posted 2/3/2017 7:32am by Cheryl.

 

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The calendar has flipped its first page of the year and we find ourselves in February!  Yikes!  How did this happen?  And not only that, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so we have six more weeks of winter (I think I hear a cheer from the raspberries!)

Oh well, we best get over our disbelief regarding the passage of time and get to work!. And that's what we have been doing. We've been taking advantage of these nice days to get a lot of work done at the greenhouse.  There are several projects on the Greenhouse To-Do list but one of the most important is to replace the rotten baseboards along its length.  As a structure, greenhouses are difficult to manage.  They bear the brunt of everything the elements can throw at them -- snow, sleet, wind, hail, rain, intense sun.  And by nature, they are warm, moist places -- the kind of place that plants want to live!  This continuous moisture creates trouble for things like baseboards -- wood doesn't like to be perpetually wet.  In most situations like that, there is a solution:  pressure treated wood.  However, on an Organic farm, we cannot use pressure treated wood where it touches the soil or plants or it could contaminate our veggie beds.  Think about the chemicals in pressure treated wood....not exactly chemicals that you would want to find at an organic farm -- or any farm for that matter -- although many do use it!

When our greenhouse was constructed in 2011, we used baseboards that had been sealed with linseed oil.  Nice idea in some applications but unfortunately, the baseboards started rotting several years ago. So this time, Ray came up with a solution that allowed us to use as little pressure-treated wood as possible while maintaining a strong base for the structure.  Using metal conduit and recycled billboard fabric, Ray and Chris were able to fashion an elegant solution that keeps the the treated wood well off the ground and still does the job!

Chris & Ray working on baseboards

The greenhouse has also been a very busy place for seeding!  Nearly 6,200 onions, 1,400 leeks, artichokes, cucumbers, herbs, blackberry and black raspberry plants and more now fill a large portion of the benches in the cozy "Inner Sanctum."  We told you there would be a lot more seed trays when you saw this space again!

Nearly full benches in greenhouse

We've also been out of the greenhouse too!  Chris and Ray worked on the initial grape pruning last week and Ray got a chance to visit the bees.  We are happy to report that all of the hives are looking good and that the girls are already harvesting nectar (maybe from the early bloom of dandelions).

Ray visiting the bees

Coming Attractions!

One of my joys of the new year is to take the brand-spanking new calendar and put all of our plans and special days on it.  Now we have several special days for you to add to your calendar!  We've planned at least NINE on-farm activities for 2017 -- in addition to our Pick-Your-Own events!  We hear from so many of you how special it is to come to the farm.  Experiences such as these create lasting memories for you and your family!  We are offering more classes, an additional day for our HUGE plant sale as well as our popular Farm Tour.  Make 2017 the year to visit Plum Granny Farm!

  • April 1        Growing Turmeric & Ginger Workshop
  • April 23      Open Greenhouse Plant Sale
  • April 30      Open Greenhouse Plant Sale
  • May 21      Growing Brambles at Home (Part 1)
  • June 25      Northern Triad Farm Tour
  • Sept. 17     Growing Brambles at Home (Part 2)
  • October 8   Growing Garlic Workshop
  • October 22  Pumpkin PYO Plus!
  • Nov. 25       Small Business Saturday Holiday Market
Lisa at the Farm Tour showing off the plants

So we are very excited about all of the opportunities to host you here at the farm!  We love having you come out to see where and how your food is grown.

Next week we'll tell you about some other plans that we have in store for you -- so stay tuned!

If you enjoy football, hope you have a great Superbowl Sunday -- and if you are not football fan, it's a great day to curl up with a book!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

P.S. Rejoice!  Spring is less than 6 weeks away!
Early crocus
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Mark Your Calendar! Holiday Market on November 25!

It won't be long until our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 25 from 10-3.  This event, now in its 4th year, has become the destination for many visitors to kick off the Holiday Season.  We'll be teaming up again with our friends from Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  There will be lots of vendors at both locations who will offer locally grown and produced items for the perfect gift for Holiday giving.  Feel good about supporting your local small business owners!


 

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