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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 

Pick-Your-Own Update!

Come and get some berries before they are gone!  Last week was the peak of production for our incredible blackberries -- but we still have lots.  So come out to the farm for a Twilight Pick-Your-Own on Monday, July 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

These delicious blackberries are Certified Organic and are No-Spray! And they are even thornless!

Price is $5.50 per pound.  Please bring a container to take your berries home as well as a cooler.

Other produce will also be available.

We are located at 1041 Flat Shoals Road outside of King.  Take US Hwy 52 North of Winston-Salem, Exit 122 RJR - Moore Rd.  Turn left at the ramp and continue straight on Moore Road (which then becomes Mountain View Road).  Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with NC Hwy 66.  Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to Flat Shoals Road which branches off to the right.  Take Flat Shoals Road – parking for the PYO field is the first driveway on the right – across the road from the farmhouse.  Look for signs.  

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