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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for July 13,2018 -- Tater Time!

Posted 7/15/2018 12:36pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
What a week!  Between berry-picking, planting, erecting deer fence, irrigating (LOTS!), eradicating Johnson Grass and harvesting potatoes (and more!), our to-do lists have been pretty full!  Let's take a quick field walk around to see what's happening, shall we?


And we found a HIPPO!  One of the fun things about harvesting potatoes is all of the interesting shapes that you find.  This year's winner is from our new variety, Raspberry.  Everyone needs a pink hippo, don't you think?

  ("I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinkey tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy..")

We're not the only ones that think the blackberry field is a wonderful place....  We've cordoned off this area to give the family some privacy (and the parents were quite protective!)

Some Days....
Then there are some days you just scratch your head and wonder why.... On Tuesday, I happened to notice someone walking along the Highway 66 side of the farm.  He was wearing a bright yellow shirt that road workers wear and it looked like he had a backpack sprayer.  I ran down to see what was happening, and sure enough he was spraying a small growth of poplar tree saplings.  I told him to stop immediately.  His crew chief was in a truck across the road, and I made him get out and cut all of the area that had been sprayed and remove the branches.  After some cajoling and stern insistence, they did so.  The crew chief kept telling me it was safe and that he would even drink the stuff (yeah, right).  They didn't quite understand what "ORGANIC" meant.  Problem solved.

Well, not so fast.  About 2 hours later, I happened to notice the SAME guy with a backpack spraying on the Flat Shoals Road part of the farm.  I ran over, told him to stop and made him call his supervisor.  But not before taking this picture.

As organic farmers, we have to be very diligent to make sure that things aren't done to our land that are in violation of our organic practices and certification.  We post signs, get on the "Do Not Spray" lists for the utilities but even then, vigilance is key.  Hopefully now we won't have to deal with this crew again this season -- but we'll keep our eyes open.

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Tater Time!  We've been harvesting more potatoes this week, so our Potato Bar will be filled with more delights including the crowd-pleasing German Butterball, low-glycemic Nicola, and the new Raspberry (a pink fleshed potato with a dark pink skin).  Boxes of the cute little Creamer Potatoes will also be available.

We'll also have lots of other Certified Organic goodness including Escarole, Garlic Sampler Bags, freshly Cured Garlic (including Elephant, Red Toch, and Music), Garlic Flowers, some Basil. a few Blackberries (we got picked HARD during PYOs this week, so the berries need to catch up) and a few bags of Pea and Sunflower Shoots.  And we'll be bringing some of our tasty JAM to market too!

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. tonight and it will be ready for pick-up tomorrow.
That's a wrap for this week's farm report.  Don't let Friday the 13th spook you.  Remember, black cats are not bad luck!
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray
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