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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Garlic-palooza and Triad Farm Tour

Posted 5/23/2014 7:28am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

The word of the week?  GARLIC!  Around here there's a project that we fondly call Garlic-palooza.  This event is when we harvest, clean and bundle a huge amount of garlic for The Produce Box.  This is our 4th year of this adventure and our biggest production to date.  A total of 3,865 bunches of garlic have/will be delivered to Raleigh for delivery to some of The Produce Box's members.  The Produce Box is what is known as a food hub.  They purchase produce from NC farmers (over 40), package it into one of a variety of box options, and then deliver it to the member's home.  It's a great service that operates in the Triangle, Triad and Wilmington areas of the state.  In case you are wondering how much garlic that is, there are about 6 pieces of garlic per bunch on average, so multiply that by 3,865 and it equals 23,190!! Yowza!

Crate of spring garlic   Tired Ajo   Garlic wash line   Elliot washing garlic   Just the tip of the spring garlic iceberg

We've been getting lots of questions about strawberries.  Sad to say, but our strawberry crop this year is extremely limited.  There will be no pick-your-own and we're not even sure if there will be berries for market.  The good news is that the black raspberries and blackberries look great!  We hope to have black raspberries in about 2-3 weeks.  Here's a preview:

Green black raspberries on the cane

Volunteers still needed!  The upcoming Triad Farm Tour sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is just around the corner (June 7-8).  If you are available to volunteer here at the farm on either Saturday or Sunday, we would welcome your help! We need about 5 volunteers each day.  Some of the tasks include the following:

  • snow cone helpers
  • parking directors
  • kids seed planting helper
  • general run-around person

Please send us an email if you would like to help!  If you have a particular interest, we can try to match you with it -- we want to find a task that works for you!  Plus we'll make sure you have lots of fun!

Market Update:  This weekend at Old Salem there will be the The Vintage, the annual classic BMW Show.  Main street will be blocked between Academy & West Streets but there should be no parking challenges.  Last week our tent was visited by P. Allen Smith - he even tried our Raspberry-Baby Ginger Jam!  We'll be back at the King Farmers Market on Wednesday.

What will you find on our tables this week?  We'll have lots of Certified Organic Spring Garlic (LAST week), garlic scapes, sugar snap peas, baby kale, baby swiss chard, salad mix, baby beets (few), pea shoots, bunching onions (purple and white), broccoli raab, blackberry & black raspberry plants, transplants (tomatoes, tomatillos, basil and other herbs, peppers and eggplant), garlic powder and MORE!  And for your Memorial Day weekend grilling, our Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce is a real crowd pleaser!

We are happy to save an item for you in advance if you'd like.  Just shoot us an email before the market.

Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and say a word of thanks to those that have served.  And take a few minutes to stop, relax and enjoy the sunset.  Talk to you next week.

Detroit taking a moment to enjoy the sunset view from the truck

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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