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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for May 25, 2018 -- The Great E-Scape!

Posted 5/29/2018 7:36am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
When we last talked, it was raining.  And it rained and it rained...

This was the view from the Tobacco Barn on Friday afternoon.  A torrent of water ran down below the apple trees and there was standing water everywhere.  Here is a video of what our packing area looked like -- and it was under cover!

The surge of water reminded us of living in New Mexico and the arroyos (dry river/creek beds) that carried floods of water down from the mountains. 


The good news is that was no damage to buildings and humans and animals were all safe.

At last tally, we had gotten close to 8.5 inches of rain with nearly 4 inches coming on Friday alone.  This is the largest rain event we have ever had since we started farming and lots of old timers here say the same.

A downside to the rain is that it pretty much ended our strawberry season.  Strawberries just can't compete with all of this water.

 

But it's not all gloom and doom around here!  No siree!  More berries -- raspberries and blackberries are waiting in the wings for the next act!

 

One thing that the rain did seem to bring was an invasion of Colorado Potato Beetles (CPB).  They suddenly appeared by the thousands!  These critters in all of their stages can decimate a potato plant in a matter of hours.  Thank goodness there is an organic control for this -- spinosad, which is a natural substance made by a soil bacterium that can be toxic to insects.  If applied in a timely manner, it can knock down these pests and save the crop.  Fingers crossed!

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

It's looking like a cool and cloudy morning for Cobblestone Farmers Market tomorrow.  Sounds like a great day to come out and get ready for Holiday picnics and gatherings.

The good news is that it Scape Season!  Yes, our Garlic Scapes have emerged and it is time to enjoy their deliciousness!  Stop by for a bundle of curly goodness, taste some of Scape Bean Dip and take home a recipe for your own scape-y creations.

Our purple tent will also be packed with lots of Certified Organic goodness including SUGAR SNAP PEAS (oodles!), Snow Peas, Salad Mix, Baby Garlic, Kale (Lacinato/Dino and Red Russian), young tender Collards, Kale Flowers, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Pac Choi, Microgreens and Young Ginger (vacuum-packed and frozen).  We'll also have Garlic Powder and Granules. 


This will be the LAST WEEK for our Certified Organic transplants.  We have lots of varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, tomatillos, veggie plants as well as some ginger plants.  Let us know if there is something in particular you are looking for!

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.

 photo credit:  www.pixabay.com

Wishing you the best on this Memorial Day weekend.  The weekend always holds special meaning for us since both of our fathers served in World War II.  Ray's dad, Bill, was a career Army man and also served in Korea. Cheryl's dad, Holt, enlisted in the Army at the beginning of World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. 

And let's not forget those left at home during wartime or military service.  Especially women like our mothers, who were managing everything at home with young children, waiting weeks for letters to arrive from the Front.  Ray's mom, Arlene had to wait in agony for weeks to learn about Bill's condition after receiving a telegram that he was wounded in action. These were the days before Skype and FaceTime.

Our deepest appreciation goes out to all those who have served our country -- in wartime and peace.  Take a moment this weekend to say "Thank You" to a veteran -- and if you are one, our special thanks to you.

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

Pick Your Own Update!

 

Our Strawberry season was unfortunately a short one due to the massive amounts of rain we received.  Fingers are crossed for a terrific Blackberry Season though!  We hope to have our first Pick-Your-Own in early July.  Stay tuned here for more information!

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!  

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