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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Fall Frolics

Posted 10/14/2016 9:28am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!

Flat Shoals field during Hurricane Matthew

This is a picture of our Flat Shoals field on Saturday afternoon -- a good bit of rain had fallen but nowhere near what we could have experienced with Hurricane Matthew.  Here's what the field looked like on Tuesday as we got the landscape fabric on the field for strawberries -- the conditions were perfect for getting the sod staples through the fabric!

Flat Shoals field after Hurrican MatthewAll in all, we only got about 1.8 inches in the storm and, although we had some strong wind gusts, the winds were pretty mild compared to what we were fearing.  Unfortunately our friends down east did not fare as well, especially with the post-hurricane flooding.  Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends affected by Hurricane Matthew.  The NC Department of Agriculture yesterday issued a statement that many crops such as sweet potatoes, soybeans, peanuts and cotton, were in the early stages of harvest so it is likely that a large portion of those crops are destroyed.  Additionally, it is estimated that at least 1 million chickens died as a result of the storm.  Even though the weather has been beautiful, let's remember that rescue and recovery operations are still underway and that they need our support.

flooded fields from CFSA

Photo:  Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

So what's been going on around the farm?  Monday is the day!  The strawberries will be planted!  We've got their beds all made for our new residents -- nice landscape fabric sheets along with a fluffy comforter of hay!

Landscape fabric on strawberries

Andrew and Chris getting more of the fabric on the field 

Rolling out the hay

Chris and Ray clowning around while rolling out the hay

Picking up the extra hay clumps

Picking up the extra clumps of hay -- looks like a Grant Wood painting!

Some of the extra hay made its way to Brix.  Sorry, she can't say "thank you" -- her mouth is full.

Brix and the hayDon't worry - we are equal opportunity -- the lambs got something better than hay -- BEANS!  Since our beans have stopped producing, Tony and BB get to eat the plants -- yum!

Ray with the lambs and beansBut they did deserve a little special treat since they had their hooves trimmed this week.  Never a fun experience -- for either of us!

Ray trimming BB's hooves

Several folks have asked about RingBob -- he is doing great!  He seems to be enjoying his time roaming free outdoors but he never wanders too far away from his home base -- and that's good!  And Detroit seems to keep a watchful eye.

RingBob and Detroit in the beans

 RingBob playing with toy

Garlic Growing Workshop - What a Great Time!

We had a terrific time Sunday at our sold-out Garlic Workshop -- what a beautiful day to plant some garlic!  Fifteen folks got to learn about the fun and challenges of growing garlic and then got to crack and plant some themselves!

Garlic growing class  Participant planting garlic

Market Update

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness!

After last week's market washout, this Saturday is supposed to be gorgeous.  You'll find several NEW Certified Organic items this week including BABY GINGER, GARLIC POWDER, GARLIC GRANULES and GARLIC SAMPLER BAGS!  Believe it our not, but we are starting to run out of potatoes!  Better get your tasty Bintje potatoes and LaRatte fingerlings while you can and we'll have boxes of Teeny Tiny Taters and Creamers as well!  We'll also have garlic (5 varieties), garlic braids, escarole plus a few other items.  Don't forget the Garlic Scape Pesto -- oh so good on a steaming bowl of Minestrone!

We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Enjoy Sunday's Hunter's Moon -- the name for the October Full Moon.  It rises at 12:25 a.m.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

One More Chance Summer Plant Sale This Saturday!

In case you missed our Plant Sale this past weekend, we are giving you one more chance!  We are extending our Plant Sale by one more day -- Saturday, May 8 from 10-2.  
Although we moved through a lot of plants last weekend, we still have a great selection.

You'll find oodles of Certified Organic transplants including tomatoes (50+ varieties), peppers, eggplant, squash (summer and winter), herbs, blackberry and raspberry plants, flowers and LOTS MORE!  We'll also have organic soil amendments and potting soil to get your garden up and growing.

Click here for a complete plant list.

Get Ready for PlumFresh 2021!

UPDATE!  We are currently sold out!  But, we are building a waiting list so we encourage you to go ahead and get in line.  We anticipate having additional space a bit later in the season and we will add on additional members from our Wait List.

Registration for the 2021 Season is NOW OPEN!  PlumFresh is our own twist on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  It is flexible and customizable -- and you don't have to pay for the entire season upfront.  Click here for more information!  Ready to sign up now?  Click here!

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