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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Fall Flurry

Posted 10/16/2015 9:42am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

I love October.  Maybe because it's my birth month, but I think it is mostly because the days are so beautiful.  The air is clear and crisp and the sky can be a deep, piercing blue.  October's beauty is a wake-up call to me to enjoy the colors and smells of this special time of year -- enjoy it before it fades into winter's cold and grey.

On my way to the pond yesterday, I noticed that the persimmon trees were completely bare save a few persimmons hanging on at the top.  This little grove of very tall trees is quite interesting.  When Ray was bushhogging last year, he noticed that there were wild blackberry bushes encircling the grove but there was a small area where it was clear -- almost like a door.  When he went into the clearing, there was nothing but grass that was bent down like bedding.  This is where the deer sleep!  We imagine that they roll over in the morning and open their mouths, waiting for a nice juicy persimmon to drop in.  Funny thing that we haven't gotten any fruit for the past several years -- hmmm...

Bare persimmon trees

It has been a week filled with lots of miscellaneous tasks -- some seeding, some planting, clearing, weeding, lots of harvesting -- a bunch of little but important things.  We had a great find this week when we were in the strawberries and found our fall treasure!  This post on Facebook created quite a flurry of activity!  We thought about having an auction of berries at market! ;-)

Handful of strawbberies in fallHere are some other photos of our week's activities:

Chris planting onions in the bagster  Ray with a nice hand of baby ginger  Sunflowers in test bed

It's garlic planting time!  We had a great time on Sunday at our Garlic Growing Workshop here at the farm.  Twelve folks came out and explored the wonders of garlic and then got to plant some!  We will be doing an abbreviated version of this talk at Old Salem Visitors Center on Thursday, October 29 at noon as part of the Old Salem Horticulture workshop series.  The session is free and attendees may bring a lunch; beverages are provided.  To pre-register, please email vhannah@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7357.

Growing Great Garlic Workshop at the farm

BB Update

BB seems to be on a steady growth pattern, gaining about 3 pounds per week.  Today's weight is 24 pounds!  This week BB got to go back to visit Farmer Laura and BB's twin brother, Abernathy.  We were expecting a grand reunion with lots of play -- but not so much!  It is obvious that BB has been with dogs and people a lot more than she has been with sheep.

Laura and Abernathy with Ray and BB

Market Updates

Looks like a good week ahead for market weather!  We will be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and at the King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). New this week is powdered turmeric!  We will still have lots of green on the table.  Try some Senposai -- a Japanese hybrid of cabbage and komatsuna -- or Kale, Pac Choy, or Tatsoi for your stir-fry.  We'll also have Salad Mix and Friseé.  There are lots of green beans (Jade round pod, haricot verts, Rattlesnake pole, Romano, and beautiful cream & purple-streaked Dragon Tongue), tasty Muscadines and Scuppernong Grapes, lots of cured garlic along with Baby Ginger, Tomato Fruit Boxes, Roasted Green Chile, and a few Summer Squash, Snow Peas, Aji Dulce (sweet habanero) peppers and Shishito Peppers -- all Certified Organic. And don't forget our 6 varieties of jam!

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).

Today is Dictionary Day in honor of Mr. Noah Webster's birthday.  What new word will you learn today?

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

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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