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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Farm Tour Success!

Posted 7/17/2015 8:57am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

WOW!  You blew us away!

The response to the Northern Triad Farm Tour on Sunday was absolutely astounding!  More than 300 visitors came to our farm during the tour!  Folks of all ages and from all over the Piedmont came out to see our farm and the 4 others participating in the event.  Billions of blackberries headed home with guest, snowcones were slurped, sunflowers were planted and tours - both hayride and walking -- went on nonstop!  We couldn't have pulled off this effort without the stellar volunteer work of our wonderful farm friends:  Annette Helsabeck (market tent), Sandy & Orville Woodard (Welcome tent), Kirsten Dowell (snowcone queen), Lisa Menafee and Andy Cromer (turmeric & ginger demo and sunflower planting), Jen Garrison (hay ride master & sign-maker extraordinaire), and Bill & Jeanne Talich (fantastic photography).  We owe a HUGE debt of thanks to these wonderful friends!

Let's let Bill's pictures show you a bit of the day's events:

Picking blackberries  Three baskets full  Lisa talking about tomatoes  Jen leading the tractor-hayride tourTasty snowcone  Plant marker for kid's sunflower garden

As you can see, it was a lot of fun!  The Stokes News did a very nice story on the tour and all of the farms featured -- thanks to reporter Diane Blakemore for covering the event! 

Thanks to all of you who visited and we hope you'll come back!  There is talk of another farm tour in the fall.

Other Farm Doings

It did take us a while to recover from the weekend but once we did, we got back into gear planting some fall crops.  The former garlic field is now filling up with okra, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkins and winter squash!  Matt, Chris & Ray readied the field earlier in the week by shaping beds and laying drip tape and yesterday we got to planting.  Check it out!

Ballet for two tractors - putting in irrigation line  Annette, Chris & Cheryl after planting  Ray covering the beans

Market Updates

Find us under the purple tent at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (Saturday, 9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA (Wednesday, 11-1). We will have the first of our cured garlic -- Inchelium Red, Music and Lorz Italian!  There will be lots of French Red Shallots, Tomatoes, Cabbage (Caraflex - a European favorite), Swiss Chard and Blackberries (VERY FEW this week) -- all Certified Organic!  We will also be sampling Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Cheesecake and will have special pricing on Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter. 

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).

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day!  I'll bet gelato or sorbet count too.  Ciska at Cafe Gelato made a killer black raspberry sorbet from our black raspberries -- check out her cart at Cobblestone or her store on Reynolda Road!

Cafe Gelato black raspberry sorbet

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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