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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Holiday Weekend PYO

Posted 7/3/2015 7:18am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Welcome to July! Although, I must admit that this morning doesn't feel very July-ish.  Cool, foggy and damp.  Perfect conditions for blight. :-(  How is it that farmers can take a perfectly lovely day and turn it into a bad thing?

Lots of things going on as usual!  The blackberries are bursting into ripeness so we are picking like crazy!  Before the rains hit yesterday afternoon, we already had 85 pints of berries in the walk-in cooler.  Look for them at Saturday's market!

Blackberries in walk-in for market

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries!

Since those berries are really coming in, come out to the farm and pick-your-own!  We'll be open on Sunday, July 5 from 1-4 for picking.  We provide picking trays but bring a container and cooler to carry your treasures home.  Blackberries are $4.50 per pound and they are Certified Organic AND No-Spray.

Other Farm Doings...

Tomatoes are also getting a lot of attention.  Ray has been working on pruning and trellising the field tomatoes -- they are looking good and will be much happier after a "haircut" and another line of trellis.  We think we are on track to be seeing production by the end of the month.  Unfortunately the tomatoes in Raz House (our high tunnel) aren't faring as well.  Blight moved in and is quickly taking the plants down.  Late blight is caused by a fungus, Phytophthora infestans.  Phytophthora in Latin means "plant destroyer" and plant tissue dies quickly. We are harvesting lots of tomatoes as quickly as possible and then we will be destroying all of the plants and sanitizing the house for a couple of weeks.  Despite the fact that the plants look terrible, we are getting a lot of beautiful fruit (and they are perfectly safe to eat).

Boxes of tomatoes for market

Last week we told you about the bees coping with the heat and looking for water.  Well, no sooner than "Send" was pressed on this newsletter, I got a call from Ray saying that we had a swarm in the blackberries!  Maybe they were also looking for a new home!  When you find a swarm, you drop everything else.  Here are a couple of pictures from the event -- it was very exciting as Ray quickly and calmly worked to capture the swarm and give the girls a new hive.  We posted a video of the capture and put it on our Facebook page.

Swarm of honey bees in blackberries  Ray removing the swarm of bees from the blackberry canes  Placing the bees in the hive box  Bees in their new home

Farm Tour!!

Don't forget that NEXT weekend -- Sunday, July 12 from 1-5 p.m. -- will be our Farm Tour.  Come visit us and 4 other farms in Forsyth, Stokes and Surry Counties.  This free tour gives you a chance to go behind the scenes of 5 very diverse farms.  We'll have a wagon tour of the farm, walking tours, pick-your-own blackberries, snowcones and more!  For more information check out our Facebook page or get directions here.  We will also have flyers at market.  Spread the word!

Market Updates

Find us under the purple tent at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (NOTE:  Different hours this Saturday ONLY, 8-11 a.m.) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA (Wednesday, 11-1). There will be lots of Blackberries, Fresh Garlic, French Red Shallots, Tomatoes, Black Raspberries,  Swiss Chard, basil and Allium flowers (last week!) -- all Certified Organic!  We will also have our gorgeous Stargazer Oriental Lilies - perfect for your Holiday table!  You can also order Organic Sweet Potato SlipsAnd don't forget the jam! 

Stargazer Oriental Lily

Celebrate your Independence this weekend from tasteless, factory-farmed food -- Make it fresh and local and Organic! 

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Elves at Work! Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

We've been really jammin' so now 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 or at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market.

 

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