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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for April 5, 2019 -- Off to Market We Shall Go!

Posted 4/7/2019 3:27pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy April!
We've been busy little bees around here this week.  In fact, there is so much that needs to be done that we needed to find some more bees to help out!

Ray got our package of Italian Honeybees last Saturday from The Beez Needz in Sophia.  What a nice, small family-owned business!  On Sunday he got the girls moved into their new home.  Welcome!!  Hope they are well-rested -- they've got lots of flowers to pollinate.

 

The people side of the farm has been buzzing around too.  Planting, thinning the blackberries (and burning the canes), potting up tomatoes, tending the tomatoes and cucumbers and more.  It's always so exciting as the growing season kicks into gear and green pops up everywhere!

    

And how was the weather in your neck of the woods?  It was pretty squirrely here on Tuesday!  We were wondering if it was an April Fool's Day joke -- on the wrong day.  But we persevered!  Jonny said that a little snow wasn't going to keep him from planting spinach! 

We've got a great video of the scene on our Instagram or Facebook feeds -- check it out!

Tater Time
A big item on the week's task list was getting the potatoes planted.  We've had them cut for a couple of weeks now -- actually that was a bit too long -- so they were raring to go.  We were finally able to get the field prepped and beds shaped this week so most of the potatoes got planted on Thursday!  Hoorah!  Nearly 400 pounds of potatoes are tucked in the ground and are waiting on a nice rain to settle them in.

 

Astute newsletter readers might notice a "new" tractor in the field.  We got this 1968 Cub from Cheryl's cousin, Stanley Smith.  His grandpa, Herman Smith, bought it in 1969 and it eventually ended up with his father, John Smith.  Now it has transitioned to Stanley's mother's side of the family, the Fergusons (Carolyn Jones Smith was Cheryl's 1st cousin).  It's great having a piece of equipment with such a rich history.  People tend to think of a tractor as just a tractor -- but they are almost like members of the family.

Last Call for PlumFresh!
Just a few slots remain for Wednesday afternoon pick-ups here at the farm or at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  Find more information here and sign up today -- don't procrastinate and miss the boat (or bag!)

Cobblestone Farmers Market Starts This Weekend!
And now for the moment that many of you have been waiting for... Opening Day at the Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem is Saturday (4/6) from 9-noon!   The market is located adjacent to the Single Brothers Garden at the intersection of Salt and West Streets in Old Salem.  For the latest updates on the market, check out Cobblestone's Facebook page.

We'll be in a new location -- just across West Street from where we used to be (Shore Farms former location) but we are still near the intersection of West Street and Old Salem Road.  Our purple tent will be packed with lots of Certified Organic spring goodness including Snacking Cucumbers, Cabbage, Sugarloaf Radicchio, Daikon Radishes, Pea Shoots, Parsley, Chives, Elephant Garlic, Fresh Turmeric, Baby Ginger (vacuum packed and frozen) and perhaps a few Microgreens.  And don't forget our delectable jams.

We'll also have tons of Garlic Powder and Granules, Turmeric Powder along with Ginger Powder and Granules -- time to stock up!   These powders and granules aren't just a substitute -- they are the real stuff.  Only pure garlic, ginger and turmeric without any additives.  They are great to use in cooking in their own right!  

We hope to see you there on Saturday -- it's supposed to be a nice day in Old Salem!  Please stop by and say "hello!" -- we've missed seeing you over the winter.  Remember that Business 40 is still closed but Broad Street is now open.  Be sure to check out alternative routes -- this link can provide some options (and there are several!)

As usual, if you'd like us to hold an item for you please email no later than 10:00 p.m. Friday night and we'll have it waiting for you.

In closing, let's take a look at a few other scenes from around the farm this week -- so much stuff is popping out!  Spring is definitely here (barring any unforeseen snow squalls).

       

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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