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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for March 29, 2019 -- All Creatures Great and Small

Posted 3/31/2019 2:00pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 
What a week!  The nice weather has made our heartrate race as we run from task to task around the farm.  We get a g-o-o-d workout around here, fer sure!

Taking care of critters has been high on the list.  Brix's hooves had gotten really overgrown during the course of the winter.  All the mud had taken its toll and we could tell she was having some issues with them. 
We don't know if she had ever had her hooves trimmed before but she hadn't in the 4 years that we've had her.  We were told that Brix had never needed to be trimmed.  That wasn't true anymore!

Finally we found a farrier who would work with donkeys!  Then came the hardest part -- tying up Brix so that she could be trimmed.  This required some animal juijitsu -- moving the cows to where Brix stayed and vice versa.  Then we needed to get her into the proper position for the farrier.  Many thanks to our friend, Jenny Bates for her help.  Jenny kept whispering to Brix the entire time and rewarded her with carrots and peppermint treats afterwards.  

If you are looking for a great farrier, we highly recommend Dave Ogburn!  He is very helpful, careful and respectful.

Meanwhile, Tony and BB had their spa day with much less fanfare (and anxiety!).  Their reward was pretty good too -- fresh pasture!

 

Cara and Mia are having fun exploring the new digs -- they found lots of tasty green things to eat (where have we been keeping this stuff?!)  And Mia got to make a new friend.  Interspecies pastures are the best!

There was tending of tinier creatures too.  We got a loaner beehive from Jimmy Fulk of Monteith Homestead.  These bees will help take care of the strawberries and blackberries -- just in time too!

 

Even tinier critters abound!  Predatory mites and green lacewings were released in the greenhouse to take care of some of the critters that we really don't care for!

It wasn't all about the fauna -- flora also has been getting its due!  Ginger and turmeric are now cut into proper seed size and they are tucked into the warm and steamy milkhouse dreaming of Hawaii.  The grapes and apple trees are getting pruned and blackberries are all weeded!  And the greenhouse is exploding with growth!

   

Your PlumFresh Window is Closing!
Tick-tock!  Time is running out!  Both our delivery and Cobblestone Farmers Market pick-up options are SOLD OUT!  We still have a few spaces left 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 miss out!

Mark Your Calendar!
April is going to be a very busy month!  Check out some of the coming events:

  • Opening Day for Cobblestone Farmers Market will be on Saturday, April 6 from 9-noon!  We'll be in a new location -- just across West Street from where we used to be (Shore Farms former location).  Next week we'll give you the scoop on what we'll have on the table.
  • Another workshop, Growing the Jewels of the Garden at Home will be held on Sunday, April 14 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.  You'll learn how to plant and care for blackberries and raspberries and even get to explore our berry plantings to see trellising and more.  The cost of the workshop is $25 per person.  A registration form can be found here
  • Our huge Plant Sale will be a three-day extravaganza on April 27 through 29!  Mark your calendar for Saturday (10-3), Sunday (1-5) and Monday (10-2).  We'll have hundreds of beautiful Organic transplants including heirloom tomatoes, peppers, other veggies, herbs and flowers -- ready to make your garden the best ever!

That wraps up all we can fit this week!  Here's wishing you a great weekend as we bid March farewell!

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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