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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Jack's Visit

Posted 10/23/2015 10:05am by Cheryl Ferguson.

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Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Tomato plants after the frost

We had an early visit last weekend from our friend, Jack.  Yes, Jack Frost planned his fall trip to the farm a bit earlier than in the past several years.  We have been a bit lucky because frost hasn't really hit until later in November for the past 3 years but the dice rolled up a frost last Saturday morning.  Three mornings of frost and a low of 31 really knocked down some plants -- the tomatoes (pictured above) have very few leaves anymore.  It will be a while to see the complete impact -- warmer temperatures may help us stretch out the harvest a bit longer.

It's funny how some plants are so much more frost tolerant -- the sunflowers just keep on smiling!

Sunflowers after the frost

The frost gave us a good excuse to dig the sweet potatoes.  Wow, what a harvest!  We got over 720 pounds of the prettiest sweets we've ever grown!  This year we have 4 varieties:  Garnet, Covington, Sweetie Pie and Stokes Purple.  They will start coming to market next week -- the sugars really develop once you let them cure, so they are warming themselves in the greenhouse.  Get your recipes ready! 

Here's a tour of the harvest process:

Sweet potato vines after the frost -- blackened top leaves -- okra plants are to the right

Mowing the sweet potato vines

Mowing the vines and raking them out of the way so we can plow

Sweet potato harvesting  Amy mowing the sweet potatoes

The potato plow did a great job of raising the tubers

Potato plow and the potatoes

Sweet potato roast, anyone?

Big sweet potato

Some of the bounty on its way to the greenhouse for curing

Crates of sweet potatoes

Garlic Planting

We've been busy selling our seed garlic and helping others learn about growing one of our favorite crops.  We donated seed to the Stokes Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers' SEED Garden in King.  Cheryl taught them about planting and helped get their bed ready for winter.

Planting garlic with Master Gardeners

And the garlic from the Workshop here at the farm has started to emerge!

Garlic sprouts

Don't forget we will be doing a lunchtime talk on growing garlic at Old Salem Visitors Center on Thursday, October 29 at noon as part of the Old Salem Horticulture workshop series.  The session is free and attendees may bring a lunch; beverages are provided.  To pre-register, please email vhannah@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7357.

 

BB Update

Maybe BB stands for Bigger and Bushier!  Today's weight is 27.5 pounds! Perhaps all of the sweet potato vines she ate helped this week!

BB and the sweet potatoes

Mark Your Calendar!

We are working on plans for our 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday event here at the farm on Saturday, November 28.  We'll have more vendors than last year and hope to have a few surprises!  More to come!

Market Updates

Looks like a another good week ahead for market weather!  We will be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and at the LAST of the season King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1).

For those of you who have been asking -- our Garlic Powder and Granules are BACK!!  Also in the garlic department, we are taking orders for seed garlic and have our popular culinary garlic sampler bags.  We still have lots of greens -- Senposai (a Japanese hybrid of cabbage and komatsuna), Kale, Pac Choy, & Tatsoi for your stir-fry.  We'll also have Salad Mix and Friseé.  There are still a good number of green beans (Jade round pod, haricot verts, Romano, and beautiful cream & purple-streaked Dragon Tongue), winter squash, kohlrabi, tasty Muscadines and Scuppernong Grapes, Baby Ginger, Tomato Fruit Boxes, Fresh & Roasted Green Chile, and  Aji Dulce (sweet habanero) peppers -- all Certified Organic.  And don't forget our 6 varieties of jam -- just made a batch of Old Fashioned Blackberry this week!

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).

Enjoy the sunshine -- Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

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.

 

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