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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Dreaming of a White Christmas

Posted 12/18/2015 12:10pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Yep, a White Christmas.  That's what we'll have this year!

Field blanket on strawberries

Well...PARTS of the farm will be decked in white, while most of the rest will be in winter brown and green.  But Bing Crosby's crooning was drifting through our heads this morning as we were putting the field blanket on the strawberries.  With temperatures predicted in the low 20's this weekend, it was time to tuck in the little guys.  The plants are looking really good and we want to keep them that way!

Strawberry plant in December  Stretching out the row cover  Holding down the edges with rock bags

The original plan for the day was to put a new cover on the greenhouse but the high wind prediction scrubbed that idea.  We'll try to get that done after Christmas. But this schedule shift allowed us the opportunity to take care of more pre-cold weather tasks (cover the wells, drain and move the pond pump, install heat lamp for the cat, etc.)

Most of the week has been spent on..wait for it...GARLIC!  With the beds all prepared, we were planting fools this week!  The three of us (Ray, Chris & Cheryl) got all of the bulb garlic in by Tuesday (18,088) and made a great start on spring garlic on Wednesday (6,539).  We have to crack a bit more garlic today in order to hit our goal of about 10,000 for spring and we'll get it planted on Monday!  YAY!!!!  And a HUGE shout-out goes to Chris Overby -- this guy can plant garlic faster than anyone, any where!  And he does it right!  Thanks, Chris!

Ray and Chris pulling the dibbler to mark the row for garlic  Chris the garlic planting machine!!  Ray laying out garlic  Detroit helps too  Garlic all tucked in and labeled

Last Minute Jam Needs?

If you find that you need a few more gifts to round out your lists, give us a shout - we are available for on-farm sales by appointment and we are happy to ship any of our jam or garlic products to your out-of-town friends.  Check out our website to order.  In addition, you now have a new place to pick up some of our gift-size jars of jam in Winston-Salem.  Organix Juice Bar (1318 S. Hawthorne Road) is now stocking several of our jams.  Stop by and get a terrific juice (The Dash features our turmeric!) and peruse the great gift items that George has stocked!

 

Jams at Organix Juice Bar

 

And to all a Good Night....

This will be our last edition for the year -- we're taking a few days off to relax over the Holidays.  Thank you for supporting our farm and for sharing what we are doing by reading our newsletter.  We really appreciate your words of support and encouragement as well as your business!  And most of all, we are grateful for your friendship and trust.

Here's wishing you the most wonderful Holiday Season ever!  Happy Hanukkah (belated wishes), Merry Christmas, Joyous Solstice and all good wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!! 

Until 2016,

Cheryl & Ray along with Gesti, Detroit, Brix, BB & AB

Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

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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