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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Happy New Year!

Posted 1/14/2017 11:02am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Saturday!

Brix saying Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Brix -- and from us too!  We hope your Holiday Season was delightful and that 2017 is off to a great start!

Here at Plum Granny Farm, we are looking ahead at the season, making our plans and dreaming our dreams.  Unfortunately one of the humans here had a rocky start to the year with a flu that morphed into pneumonia but antibiotics are working their magic and hopefully we'll be full-steam ahead soon!

And how about that weather? Dealing with last weekend's deep freeze kept Ray running all over the farm to make sure that everything was tucked in, protected and warm.  From the lambs to the cats to the donkey to the wells to the greenhouse to the strawberries, everything had to be battened down, insulated and heated.  The cats weren't quite sure what to make of the space heater when it went into the house!  And the lambs got to have their first snow-splattered meal of the year (they LIKE this weather!)

BB eating dinner in the snow

But yes, in true North Carolina winter fashion, we went from 4 degrees on Monday to 65 degrees on Thursday. Here's sunrise on Tuesday:

Snowy porch sunrise

Compared with sunrise on Friday:

No snow sunrise

The beautiful icicles on the porch kept growing and growing (almost touching the porch floor) and tried to hold on as long as possible but they finally gave up on Wednesday afternoon.

But while the snow was short-lived, Ray decided to take advantage of it with a quick ski.  The conditions were perfect powder -- much like the great snow we'd get when we lived in New Mexico.  Although no turns were earned on the outing, it was a great chance to see the farm under the beautiful 8" blanket of fluff.

Making tracks at Plum Granny Farm  Seasonal porch scene

Since the snow was fluffy, we hoped that it would provide insulation and protection to the greens in the field that weren't covered.  A thick layer of light snow is so much better than an icy, sleety slush for plants (and all else!)  The strawberries had their winter blanket but we weren't able to cover the greens. 

Flat Shoals strawberries & greens under the snow

The snow did its magic.  We just checked the kale, collards and other greens and we are happy to report that they look (and taste!) great!

Rosie Pac Choy in the field  Collards after the freeze

Only one thing on the farm didn't make it --the water hydrant at Raz House blew (we had opened up the sides to let the frigid air in to help with our process of cleaning out the high tunnel).  But Ray had an excellent helper as he replaced the hydrant.

Detroit the Plumber's Helper

That pretty much wraps things up here at the farm. We've missed being in touch and hearing from you -- but we are back on track for our weekly communiques!  And it's time to get back the seed catalogs and spreadsheets for planning!

2017 seed catalogs

There are lots of special days to celebrate over the next several days starting with  "Dress Up Your Pet Day" today to "Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day" on Tuesday.  More importantly, let's celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday and honor his memory by doing something to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Mark Your Calendar! Holiday Market on November 25!

It won't be long until our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 25 from 10-3.  This event, now in its 4th year, has become the destination for many visitors to kick off the Holiday Season.  We'll be teaming up again with our friends from Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  There will be lots of vendors at both locations who will offer locally grown and produced items for the perfect gift for Holiday giving.  Feel good about supporting your local small business owners!


 

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