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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Garlic Galore!

Posted 6/17/2016 7:22am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Good Golly Miss Molly, we've got Gobs of Garlic!  Sounds like a catchy song, eh? Well, it has been a part of our mental soundtrack this week as we have been moving through the harvest of garlic and shallots.  To date, we have harvested 5,914 bulbs of garlic and about 200 pounds of French Red Shallots (from 1,406 plants)!  This is the time of year when vampires give our farm an extra wide berth!

The crop is looking really good with lots of large, beautiful bulbs.  Check out this handsome Lorz Italian:

Fine looking Lorz Italian

And we haven't been alone in our harvest!  We had a terrific group of volunteers come out to the farm on Tuesday to lend helping hands -- and it was great!  We got the French Red shallots and Red Toch out of the ground - and even got it all stored in the barn!  A HUGE thank you goes out to Jack Stack, Maggie Monteith and Sandy & Orville Woodard for coming out on a hot summer day! You make these tasks FUN!

Harvesting shallots  Trimming roots on garlic  Covering the shallot pallet  Sandy and a bunch of shallots    Red Toch garlic hanging in barnThe happy garlic crew

In addition to the garlic harvest, we were also trying to finish the hay. Check that one off the list, too!  All of it is under shelter, be it square or round bales. 

Raking hay for round bales  Tucking the hay into the Star

And we are happy to report that our hay received a 5-hoof rating from the team of picky judges.

BB & Tony inspect the first bale of hay  Tony digs in for the flavor

We've also been getting more seeds in the ground -- our 2nd succession of beans has been planted and transplants of summer squash, cucumbers, ornamental corn and pumpkins are ready to get in the ground!  We're starting to get color on the tomatoes in Raz House too - won't be long!

Won't be long!

2016 Farm Tour - Just 1 Week Away!

Things are really coming together for the 2nd Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour on Sunday, June 26 from 1-5 p.m. There are 7 farms on the tour -- we are all very different and focus on a wide variety of products.  The other farms on this FREE tour include Borrowed Land Farm, Buffalo Creek Farm & Creamery, Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve, Sanders Ridge Farm, Sungold Farm and Truffles NC at Keep Your Fork Farm.  Check out this interactive map for details. 

We'll have lots of activities here: hayrides, music, farm stand, snowcones (with syrup from our berries!), guided tours, kids' activities, meet the lambs and MORE!  Mark your calendar and plan to head out to visit us and some of the other farms on the tour - it's gonna be a great day!

Scene from 2015 farm tour

And just a reminder:  we are also looking for a few volunteers to help us with the event as well (greeters, parking helpers, photographer, set-up/take-down) so if you'd like to lend a hand, it would be greatly appreciated!

Farm tour 2015

Market Updates!

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including FRESH GARLIC, Garlic Scapes, NEW POTATOES, Artichokes, Baby Kale, full-sized kale bunches, Swiss Chard, Escarole, Salad Mix, Garlic Powder, decorative Allium Flowers, and Triple Crown Blackberry Plants.  And you'd better hurry to snag one of the few remaining jars of Raspberry-Chipotle Molé!  We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at the Wednesday market.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Happy Father's Day to all of you great Dads out there!  Enjoy your special day -- kick your shoes off, prop up your feet and sip on a nice cold drink!  It's YOUR day! 

And don't forget that we officially move into Summer on Monday with the Solstice --at 6:34 p.m.  And this is a rare one as it occurs the same day as the Full Moon. This hasn't happened since 1948!

Oh, the summer night

Has a smile of light,

And she sits on a sapphire throne.

                 Barry Cornwall, English poet (1787–1874)

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

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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