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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Hurricane Matthew, Stay Away!

Posted 10/7/2016 10:23am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

As farmers, we are pretty attuned to the weather.  So as you might imagine, we are watching the path of Hurricane Matthew closely.  The most recent predictions show that we will most likely be spared the brunt of the storm but we are watchful.  And we are especially keeping those who are in the storm's path in our thoughts and prayers -- we have family in Florida and Charleston.  And our hearts go out to those in Haiti who have endured so much --

As we watch the weather reports, farm life continues on.  So what's been happening this week?  We began on Sunday evening with quite a start.  Getting a knock on the door with someone saying, "Your donkey is out of the pasture!" is never what you want to hear -- especially after dark. It seemed that Brix had gotten her hoof tangled in some fence wire which spooked her, causing her to get out of the fence.  She really didn't want to be out, but she really didn't think she could get back in (donkeys have a strong sense of boundaries).  So after 5 (FIVE!!) hours, we finally got her in the pasture.  We are incredibly grateful to our dear friends, Jenny and Bob Bates.  They answered the call (despite it being a weird 505 area code!) and came out at 10 p.m. to help us.  And they didn't leave until she was safe in the pasture (eating the carrots that Jenny brought her) at 1:30 a.m.  Those two are destined for Donkey Owner sainthood!  They are definitely on the Plum Granny Farm saint line-up!

So after all of that craziness on Sunday night/Monday morning, we spent most of Monday getting the pasture back in shape.  We repaired the fences, mowed the pasture, readied some of the unused pasture for the new grazing area, and even picked up Brix' "gold."  The fence is now very secure (and quite hot electrically!) so she should be safe.  Whew!

Mowing pasture

[Sorry for the lack of pictures this week -- we are having difficulty with our email program!]

The strawberries are getting closer to being planted -- the beds have been shaped and have drip-tape so all we need to do now is to get the fabric on them. That will be a quick task after the rain -- and then we plant!

Garlic Growing Workshop - only 2 more slots!

We've had a great response to our Garlic Workshop which will be held here at the farm this Sunday (October 9) from 2-5.  The workshop will provide extensive information on garlic growing as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  In addition to instruction, participants will receive 1/2 pound of seed garlic and the cost is $30.  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com for a registration form or pick up one at market.

Garlic in the field

Market Update

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness!

On Saturday, pull on your galoshes and join us under the dry and cheerful Plum Granny Farm Purple Tent!  You'll find several NEW Certified Organic items this week including BABY GINGER, GARLIC POWDER, GARLIC GRANULES and GARLIC SAMPLER BAGS!  We'll also have our tasty Bintje potatoes, LaRatte fingerlings, garlic (5 varieties), Swiss Chard, tomatoes, escarole plus a few other items.  Don't forget the Garlic Scape Pesto to remind you of an early May dinner as the nights start to cool!

We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Save the Date!

It's hard to believe, but it won't be long until our annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Open Greenhouse and Market will be here!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 26 from 10-3 -- that's the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We'll have several vendors and lots of great NEW things to share this year!  We will be partnering once again with our friends at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton -- stay tuned!

Welcome mat

Today is World Smile Day!  It celebrates the ever popular yellow smiley face. It also offers us an opportunity to do an act of kindness. According to the World Smile Day website, a proclamation of this day was made by the U.S. Congress. The intent of World Smile Day is to do an act of kindness or help one person to smile. Why not do both!?


 Keep on smiling, our friends!  Talk with you soon,

Cheryl & Ray

PlumFresh Is Full but Get in Line for 2021!

The 2020 Season for PlumFresh is currently SOLD OUT!  But to make sure you get an early place in line for 2021, please fill out the registration form so that we may contact you when registrations open in January.

This program is our own twist on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  It is flexible and customizable -- and you don't have to pay for the entire season upfront.  Click here for more information!  Ready to sign up now?  Click here!

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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