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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- It's a Bean-anza!

Posted 9/30/2016 12:32pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

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Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Boots in a mud puddle

Yep!  We got rain!  And hail, and lightning, and LOTS of rain.  Not the gentle shower that we were hoping for, but as always, we'll make do with the hand we are dealt....

Detroit looking at the world from a new angle

Sometimes you need to just look at the world from a slightly different perspective and shake things up a bit!  This week we have definitely shaken up our normal routines with LOTS of driving!  I think we have logged more than 600 miles since Monday!  Not our typical week.

We now have the strawberries!  Cheryl picked up the 2,100 plants from the Cottle Nursery driver on Monday and now they are tucked into the greenhouse awaiting their new permanent home when the field dries out!

Ray with boxes of strawberries

The landscape fabric is now all clean and sanitized and is ready to go out on the new field.

Strawberry landscape fabric

Don't you think this would make a great Slip-and-Slide?

On Tuesday, we headed down to Newton for a workshop on growing ginger and turmeric in high tunnels.  It was great to see the hoophouse where some of the Hmong farmers in Catawba County are growing ginger - very impressive!
Ray with ginger from hoophouse

Der in the high tunnel with ginger

And sometimes fate just hands you a gift... when we were heading back from Newton, we passed a caravan of trucks carrying what we thought were the Budweiser Clydesdales -- which was confirmed by a VERY large horse nose popping out the side window!  Cheryl had always wanted to see the Clydesdales so when we found out that they were going to be in Rocky Mount, NC for a special appearance (the only one in the area!), we decided to hit the road!  We got to see the horses in their Mobile Stables by the local distributor's warehouse (even got to see the inside of one of the transport horse trailers!) and then headed over to their "Full Hitch" event at a local Harris Teeter store.  A wild hair that we didn't have time for?  Yes -- but it was a lot of fun!  Enjoy a few of the hundreds of pictures that we took!

Cldesdales in Roucky Mount  Clyde in the horse trailer  In full hitch  Okay, we are getting antsy  Clyde on his perch  Cracking up at the pump

Garlic Growing Workshop Filling UP!

We've had a great response to our Garlic Workshop which will be held here at the farm on 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.  Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration and prepayment is required.  Cost of the course 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!  It's a BEAN-ANZA!  We'll have those great BEANS (French Filet, Italian Flat pod, Jade, and Dragon Tongue), LaRatte Fingerling Potatoes, Bintje Potatoes, Teensy Weensy Taters Boxes, boxes of Creamer Potatoes, Garlic (Red Toch, Chesnok, Georgian Crystal, German Red, Lahontan and Lorz Italian), heirloom Okra (Burgundy and Cajun Jewel), Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes plus a few slicers), Sunflower Shoots, Garlic Braids and more.  We'll also have our Garlic Scape Pesto which adds garlicky goodness to your early fall soups!

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.

Detroit has really gotten into the beans this week!

Detroit in the green beans

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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