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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Happy Pi Day (plus recipe)!

Posted 3/14/2015 10:57am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Saturday!

Another Saturday edition of the newsletter...guess we are getting winter lazy, huh?  Well we actually have an excuse this time.  Just got back last night from Petersburg, Virginia and their 8th Annual Berry Production & Marketing Conference.  We were honored to have this opportunity to share a bit about what we do here at Plum Granny with our berry-growing colleagues in Virginia.  The organizers were specifically interested in our production and marketing as a Certified Organic farm.  Here's a terrible picture of us during the presentation -- and we really were more excited and happy than the photo shows!  Here's a link to the overall conference proceedings.  Some good stuff there.

Back on the farm, the week's nicer weather helped us check off several things on the to-do list.  The good news is that we have started getting some things in the ground!!  Sugar snap peas, kale, lettuce & frisée all got planted this week!  The photo below shows some of the plants waiting outside to harden up a bit before planting -- it's not really deer bait!  In addition to growing the peas in the field, we are testing a row in the hoop house.  The warmer soil temperature in there should speed up the crop - or at least that's what we hope.  Get ready for some crunchy, sweet snap peas!

    Seedlings ready to go

This coming week we will be planting tomatoes in the hoop house.  The beds have been fertilized and reshaped and additional drip irrigation has been added.  This is a totally new thing for us and we are very excited about the prospect of having early tomatoes.  Last year was our first year growing tomatoes in the hoop house but we didn't plant them until late May.  We can get about 160 plants in there.  Here's Chris showing of the beautiful beds he created in the hoop house -- ready for those tomatoes!

Chris in Raz House with reshaped beds

The greenhouse has now gotten its full baseboard repair.  Chris and Jen worked their magic on the baseboard and with the exception of putting down a wider strip of landscape fabric, it is good to go for several years.  The old wood was pretty rotten so the newly installed PureWood should do the trick for quite a while.

Rotten baseboard wood from greenhouse horth wall    Chris & Jen with finished product

We have a couple of events this week that might be of interest.  On Tuesday (3/17), Cheryl will be speaking at the Sedgefield Garden Club on growing baby ginger & turmeric.  The club meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Griffin Recreation Center (5301 Hilltop Road, Jamestown, NC 27282).  On Thursday (3/19), we will be hosting the Stokes County Extension Office for a Pruning Demonstration at 2:00 p.m. here at the farm.  Randy Fulk, our Extension Agent, will be demonstrating the best way to prune apples and grapes.  Both of these events are free and are open to the public. 

In honor of Pi Day, we'd like to share one of our favorite recipes -- Yam's Jam Cheesecake Pie!

No-Bake Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Cheesecake Pie
1 cup Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2T lemon juice
2 cups vanilla whipped cream or whipped topping
Cookie or graham cracker pie crust
Extra whipped cream for serving
Whip together cream cheese and lemon juice until creamy and fluffy.  Add Yam's Jam and mix well.  Gently fold in whipped cream, stirring until just mixed.  Spoon into crust and put in fridge to set for a couple of hours.  Top with more whipped cream and serve.  Can be made ahead and frozen.


Only 1 more week until Spring Equinox!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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