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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - July 4th Berry PYO Edition

Posted 7/3/2014 8:56am by Cheryl Ferguson.


Happy Thursday, Farm Friends!  Welcome to Sultry July!!

As we turned the page of our calendars to July, we celebrated the last day of garlic harvest for 2014!  Yep, it's all out of the field and in various stages of post-harvest.  Some is hanging in the Yam Barn loft, some is curing on the net or in the Tobacco Barn hammocks, and some is still being graded.  And it's been a good harvest. For the plants that didn't get taken out by the cold, they did incredibly well.  We have some of the largest bulbs of the most varieties ever.  A few photos...

  Harvesting garlic  Chris and the garlic  Elliot spreading garlic out on barn floor

We don't have a winner yet for this year's Garlic World Cup.  The officials are still tabulating  results (that would be Cheryl & Ray) but we promise that we'll have them for you next week!!  The Germans made a good showing as did another Italian team -- we'll see!!! We do know there were no penalty cards!

While all of this garlic madness has been going on, the other plants have been doing their thing.  The blackberries have really exploded this week -- our beloved Triple Crowns are now coming in and we will have our 1st Pick-Your-Own of the year this Saturday (7/5) from 9-noon.  It is supposed to be a gorgeous day -- so if you are doing a July 4th staycation, come on up to the farm for some good picking (you can then head on up to Hanging Rock to take a swim!)  Take a peek to see what's out there:

PYO box of blackberries

There's lots of progress with the other plants too -- the okra is starting to produce, the basil is gorgeous and the tomatoes are loaded with greenies.  Starting to sound like summer around here!

Green Kellogg's Breakfast tomato  Beautiful basil    Okra plant and flower    Ray pruning tomatoes in Raz House

Market Update:  How better to mark the July 4th holiday than to celebrate your independence from tasteless, trucked-in food?  We'll be at both Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (Saturday) and the King Farmers Market (Wednesday).  What will you find on our tables?  We'll have lots of Certified Organic Fresh Garlic and Garlic Lollipops, Blackberries, sugar snap peas (few), baby beets, pea shoots, baby kale, salad mix, baby swiss chard,  Stargazer Oriental Lilies and MORE!  Our delicious Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce (featured in the June issue of O'Henry Magazine) would make a great grilling sauce for your 4th of July cookouts! And don't forget the jams as tasty ice cream toppings! 

As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.

Have a wonderful July 4th weekend -- be careful with those fireworks and make sure your pets are in a secure location! 

Talk to you next week.

Cheryl & Ray

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