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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Daffy Daze

Posted 3/11/2016 9:29am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Trying to get back on schedule with our weekly chats -- we hope to push them up to Thursdays in a few weeks.  Fingers crossed!

Wow!  What a beautiful week this has been!  Incredibly warm temps and lots of sun have given us extra energy to tackle all the things that need to be done.  And the bees are definitely into overdrive gathering pollen from the maples and the other early flowers.  Check out all of the pollen on that one bee!

The Well-Bees bringing in the pollen

While we're not hauling pollen into the hive, we are just as busy our winged friends.  We've had a couple of extra hands on the farm this week so it has been great to get a few projects moved off of the "to-do" list!  The Prelude raspberries have finally been pruned and remaining landscape fabric and drip tube is out of the fields.  Hurrah!

Getting fields ready for planting is a big priority.  Chris used the Grillo to till up this field -- he went through 2 sets of plow points in the process!  We'll be putting cover crops here this summer to help minimize weed pressure.

Chris and the Grillo in Bee Field

The peas we planted a couple of weeks ago just didn't seem to be emerging, so we checked and found that they just couldn't break through the crust.  Ray used the tine weeder to gently break up the crust and uncover the pea shoots -- there's lots there!  The last picture shows them the next morning - just popping out of the soil!

Ray working on the peas  Unclovering the peas  Peas next day

With the warming days, it was time for the greenhouse to shed the "inner sanctum" and to open up the entire house for the ever increasing number of plants. 

Chris & Ray removing the ceiling on the inner sanctum

We've been potting up tomatoes and planting more seeds!  Don't forget to mark your calendar for our Spring Open Greenhouse & Plant Sale on Sunday, April 17 from 1-5.  We'll have hundreds of Organic transplants ready to go -- everything from tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs and more!

Tomato seedling in Juffy pots

PlumFresh!

We're hearing from LOTS of you about our PlumFresh! Harvest Subscription Program and registrations are coming in!  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!  For more information, please check our website or email us your questions.  If you are ready to sign up, just mail in the registration form.  We are offering only a limited number of subscriptions this season, so get your registration in today!  The program will likely start at the end of April.

Lovely Lettuce Available!

If you have the hankering for some tasty salad, we have an abundance of beautiful red and green lettuces in our hoophouse.  If you are interested in purchasing some, please contact us -- they are available on-farm by appointment only and are $3 per head.

Lettuce in the hoophouse

Enjoy this beautiful Johnny Appleseed Day!  And don't forget to stop and smell the flowers (RIP Ajo - we miss you, buddy!)

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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