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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - It's Garlic Prep Time!

Posted 10/4/2013 2:21pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 

Happy Friday, Farm Friends! 

With the strawberries all nestled in the ground, we have turned our attention to garlic.  Getting the field prepped for our signature crop is a huge endeavor.  A major part of the process is spreading composted leaves.  Thanks to all of you wonderful people in Winston-Salem who put your leaves out at the curb each fall!  Your fallen foliage helps provide tilth to our soil as well as nutrients and happy microorganisms to make the garlic grow!  Thank you so much!!

The leaves are spread using an old manure spreader of my cousin's -- wooden bottom with a chain that moves the paddles.  Unlike many even older models, this one does use a tractor PTO to move the chain.  Ray has been spreading leaf mulch in Ruth's Field for 3 days this week.  He probably has about 25 tons on it by now.  Happy garlic!!  Here's Ray doing a little spreading at dusk - gotta squeeze as much out of the day as possible, no?Spreading leaves at dusk in Ruth's Field     
Speaking of planting garlic, now is the time for you to start thinking about planting some at home if you are so inclined.  The "official" start of garlic planting in this area is October 12.  If you are interested in learning more about growing garlic at home, Ray and I will be doing a free talk at Old Salem on Thursday, October 17 at noon.  We'll give you the basics about growing great garlic at home and will also have seed garlic available for sale.  For more information, go to our website or pick up a handout from us at market.
 
Here's a quick roundup of what we’ll have on our table on Saturday (Old Salem) and Wednesday (King).
 
Certified Organic Produce: 

  • Grapes (Muscadine and Scuppernong) - last of the season!
      
     
  • Garlic (Red Toch, Inchelium Red, Music, Persian Star, Spanish Roja, Lorz Italian, and Elephant.)  We are getting VERY low on stock for MOST varieties so you better make sure you have your favorites on hand!  

    *  New batch of Garlic braids -- and we are also taking orders for braids for the Holidays!
     

We'll also have our yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

 
Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.

 
Enjoy this GORGEOUS Fall weather!!

Cheryl & Ray



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