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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for September 21, 2018 -- Counting Blessings

Posted 9/23/2018 7:55pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

The storm is past and the sun is out.  And we are counting our blessings that we were spared.  We only had some very minor damage with downed trees, a torn door on a hoophouse and tomatoes damaged from the wind -- VERY lucky indeed.  

  

  

  

Unfortunately for many farmers in eastern North Carolina, they are dealing with crops underwater, dead livestock and months worth of clean-up. Our farmer friend, Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farm in Graham put it this way, "There will be a lot of money raised, donations and time given but most of the farming community will not be the focus of all that generosity.  Our friends at the Rural Advancement Foundation International are already working on helping farmers in the disaster area and need your donations to support their work.  This is one of the main things that RAFI does, come to the aid of farmers in crisis and assist them through all the red tape involved when their farms are in danger of being lost."  

Our preparations last week paid off but we did not face the violent winds and torrential rains that were predicted.  Better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.  We only got about 4.5 inches with most of it coming on Sunday and Monday.  For sure there will be some impact to the crops -- storms bring plant diseases and insects. The critters weathered the storm just fine -- a bit lonely because we weren't out as much but they were sheltered and safe.  In addition to all the bad things that storms bring, they also bring the need to be flexible.  Just like this spider that I saw on Monday hanging on to a zinnia while the wind was gusting all around.

We are now back to somewhat normal (whatever that means!), harvesting, mowing, trellising and planting.  

Don't Forget!  Garlic Workshop on October 14

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 10+ years experience of growing this essential crop.  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  Register now for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop. It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 14 from 2-5 -- just in time for planting. The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. To register, use our online form.

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update
Thanks for understanding the market being closed last week.  We think it was a good call!  Cobblestone is BACK tomorrow and we'll be ready to see you with lots of great veggies!

It's Pepper-Palooza!  We are celebrating Sweet Peppers this week at market!  Our perfect Picnic/Lunchbox Peppers will be out in force.  Sooooo sweet and delicious!  We also have lots of sweet red peppers including the Italian Roaster Marconi, Pimento, Lipstick, Red Bell and MORE!  

We'll also have our wonderful Shishito Peppers -- great on the grill, seared in a skillet or blended up in a tasty cold soup!  

 

It's the first week for our sweet, juicy Scuppernong Grapes (and maybe a few Muscadines)!  Come grab a pint of this quintessential Southern treat.  At the Potato Bar, you'll find the Famous Bintje Potatoes -- the original French fry potato from the Netherlands.  We'll also have low glycemic Nicola, Russets and boxes of tasty Creamers -- roasted potatoes on the grill or yummy Potato Salad anyone?

In the Garlic Department, we'll have at least 6 varieties of Bulb Garlic (Red Toch, Spanish Roja, Lorz, German Red, Lahontan Early, and Elephant)  along with Garlic Sampler Bags and Garlic Granules. 

We'll also have beautiful Bunching Onions, Dill, Parsley, and maybe some okra and tomatoes.  ALL of our produce is Certified Organic and we grow everything we sell!


That will do it for this week.  If you think there is starting to be a touch of Fall in the air, you'd be right!  Tomorrow (9/22 at 9:54 p.m.) marks the Autumnal Equinox.   And not to be outdone, the moon will be full on Monday (9/24 at 10:54 p.m.).  This is known as the Harvest Moon or the Full Corn Moon.  Enjoy both of these astronomical events!

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

 

It's Time to Think Garlic!

Mark your calendar for our popular Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop!  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 14 from 2-5!  The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. For a registration form, click here.

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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