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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Happy Farmers Market Week!

Posted 8/8/2014 4:33pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

On this rainy day, we thought you could use a ray of sunshine...

   Sunflower with bumblebee

We might need some of that sunshine at tomorrow's Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem, but we'll be there with smiles and LOTS of produce!

What's been happening this week on the farm?  We've been trying to make at least one day of the week "Seed and Weed Day"  -- we try for Monday but it doesn't always work out that way.  This week on Tuesday we got some serious planting done -- our fall crop of LaRatte fingerling potatoes (hopefully will be ready for your Thanksgiving feast!), another round of okra and eggplant.  We know we will be pushing it with some of these, but that's what you try to do as a farmer -- push the envelope!

Potato planting in Ruth's Field

The little dots you see up in the field are Emma, Elliot & Chris planting potatoes!

A major task for the the week -- which has kept Ray out of the field for most of it -- has been finalizing our annual Organic Systems Plan (OSP) to submit to our certifier.  Every year we discuss whether we want to continue with our certification.  It's expensive (at least $1,000 out of pocket plus significant additional costs for the seeds and supplies we are required to use). It's time-consuming (the additional tracking and monitoring goes far beyond what you need to do to run a farm).  And the process can be just a pain to complete (the entire report and all the attachments are about 100+ pages).  But every year we have decided that we want to continue with certification.  We believe it provides an important assurance to our customers regarding how we grow our crops.  Unlike other terms like "naturally grown" or "no spray", what we produce is regulated through an extensive certification process which includes our annual (OSP) and on-site inspection. From the seed we plant to our tent at market, we have specific requirements that we must meet to ensure that the food you enjoy from us is grown in a way that nourishes the land (and you!). 

Ray reviewing the OSP before submission

Quick update on last week's Winston-Salem Journal Tomato Tasting -- our "Blush" was tied for 3rd place!  Thanks to the folks that came out in the rain and voted (and supported your local tomato growers!)  And speaking of tomatoes, we are starting to get a real bumper crop!  We are tentatively planning a Pick-Your-Own Tomato Day at the farm next Sunday afternoon (8/17).  Stay tuned for more details!

Market Update:  

Green Beans!  Yes, we'll have snap green beans (Jade), French filet-type beans (Maxibel), and romano type beans (Pension and Dragon Tongue)!  Here are Chris and Elliot harvesting today!

Chris and Elliot harvesting green beans

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12) -- it's a rain or shine event.  On Wednesday, we'll be at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables?  We'll have those yummy green beans plus lots of Certified Organic Garlic (Music, Red Toch, Chesnok, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Metechi), lots of Shishito peppers , lots of okra (green & burgundy), tomato fruit boxes, heirloom slicing tomatoes, Salsa Verde kits (have a taste of the salsa made from the kit), potatoes (LaRatte fingerlings and German Butterball), pesto, jams and MORE! 

As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.

Enjoy National Farmers Market Week -- we bet you know how to celebrate!  Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

Growing Garlic at Home!

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 11+ 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 13 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.

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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