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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Flights of Fancy

Posted 7/15/2016 3:02pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

We had some really special visitors this morning!  Yes, they were a bit flighty but we can overlook that.  They didn't hang around very long -- actually they took off as soon as they could.  And we didn't consider it rude.  Our visitors were two female American Kestrels along with their rehabilitator, Anne Steinert, and her family.  Anne is a customer of ours from the King Farmers Market and she is also a certified wildlife rehabilitator who works with birds, especially falcons.  She volunteers with Wildlife Rehab Inc. of Winston-Salem. 

American Kestrels are the smallest falcon and are considered at-risk due to climate change.  They prefer open fields and are ready to pounce on grasshoppers and mice.  She has had these 2 fledgings, and their 2 siblings, for the past two weeks getting them ready to live on their own (including mouse school).  The birds had been rescued from a nest that had been destroyed in the Raleigh area.  When she felt they were ready, she contacted us to see if they could be released at our farm.  And that's what we did this morning. What an amazing privilege to watch their initial flights of freedom.

Anne with the Kestrel travel box  Anne with one of the kestrel fledglings  Off she goes!

Lots of other things (maybe not as breathtaking as releasing kestrels) have been happening around the farm this week.  We are closing in on the potato harvest -- just a few hundred pounds remain in the field.  And the walk-in cooler is really starting to fill up with potatoes!  There are several stacks of boxes behind the ones you see in the photo!

Boxes of potatoes

 Speaking of potatoes, we've harvested one of our favorite varieties, Binjte.  This potato originates in Belgium and/or the Netherlands (depending on who you believe!) and is known as the potato that made Belgium famous for frites. It is considered the best variety for french fries, and the Belgians should know since their per capita consumption of french fries exceeds even America's!  Come check them out at market this week!

Bintje potatoes

We are starting to see lots of growth in our PYO Pumpkin Patch -- so exciting!  Pumpkins cover a lot of ground FAST!  We finished putting out the rest of the pumpkin plants yesterday and the corn has already started tasseling.  Dreaming of our fall PYO!

Corn and pumpins in the PYO Patch  First flowers on the pumkins

Our Three Sisters Garden, with corn, pole beans and squash, is really taking off as well with these hot summer days.

Three Sisters Garden

And we are starting to get some tomatoes!

Slicer tomato harvest

Ray gave Raz House, our hoophouse, a little extra ventilation this week to keep the tomatoes happy but unfortunately we have to put up fencing on the roll-up sides since the rabbits have discovered our new planting of lettuce.  :-(

Raz House with new windows

Blackberry Pick-Your-Own Update

We had a great time with lots of people at our first blackberry Pick-Your-Own last Sunday!  So much fun that we're doing it again!  Although we don't have as many berries as last week, there are still quite a few to be had.  The farm will be open Sunday (7/17) from 1-3.  We'll provide picking containers but please bring a container to take your treasures home -- plus a cooler!  You can't get any fresher than berries you pick yourself and the great thing about our berries is that they are Certified Organic AND no-spray!

Market Updates!

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 including boatloads of fingerling and standard potatoes (don't forget the Bintjes!), the first of the French Red Shallots, Swiss Chard, some okra, some tomatoes, the last of the fresh garlic, and bags of recipe-ready basil.  We'll also have a new batch of our Garlic Scape Pesto, a few Basil Pesto and the lovely and fragrant Stargazer Lilies!

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.

Today is Cow Appreciation Day (which I just learned!).  And there's no cow that we have ever appreciated more than our beloved Yam.  We miss her so much but hopefully a new cow will be joining Brix and the lambs in the pasture soon.  Our pasture needs a cow.

Yam

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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