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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Labor Day & Tomato PYO Edition

Posted 8/29/2014 10:38am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

Labor Day -- wow.  It is hard to comprehend that summer is over.  Feels like the fastest year ever.

This holiday is one where we celebrate laborers.  We should think about how our country runs on the toil and sweat of workers.  It is true that many jobs now are white-collar office jobs -- and those are important.  But we need to remember how critical all of those manual labor jobs are -- they keep the wheels turning (literally and figuratively).  We want to thank our employees that work along side of us to keep the farm weeded, planted, harvested and mowed.  A tip of the hat to Jen, Chris and Elliot!!  Thanks for all you do!

What's been happening this week on the farm?  We are starting seeds for fall crops. Boxes of seeds came in the mail last week (always exciting!)  More kale and lettuce has been seeded and we have trays of plants that are ready to go in the ground.  Here's some kale that is coming up already -- just planted on Tuesday!

Kale seedlings in greenhouse

We are also planting another crop of basil in Raz House today -- here go the plants (and Detroit!) off to the hoop house.  Maybe he is looking for the catnip plants?

 

Detroit and the basil plants  New basil in Raz House

The last round of the summer potatoes was harvested on Tuesday.  This is a new variety that we trialed -- "Papa Cacho," a Peruvian fingerling.  We won't be bringing it to market this year; we just planted a little bit to see what it was like.   A very interesting and large fingerling!

Chris with Papa Cacho fingerling potato

Speaking of fingerlings, we are now sold out until we get our fall crop in.  Keep your fingers crossed -- they are looking pretty good!  Fresh potatoes for your Holiday meals!  Mmmmmmm.....

And don't worry, we are still in major tomato mode around here!  They keep on coming and are looking really nice!  Our first Pick-Your-Own Tomato event was great so we are doing it again!  Come on out to the farm on Monday, September 1 from 9-1.   There are all kinds of tomatoes from cherry, grape, roma-type to big ol' slicers -- in a rainbow of colors!  These yummy certified organic tomatoes are only 75 cents per pound.  We'll also have our other farm products available for sale. The weather is a bit iffy for Monday, so call (336-994-2517) or check our website (www.plumgrannyfarm.com) to make sure it is still happening.

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  On Wednesday, find us at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables?  Tomatoes!  Three new tomato-related items:  a Ratatouille Kit (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, garlic, onions), 10 pound boxes of canning tomatoes (sauce-types), and quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes.  We'll be featuring our lovely Valencia tomato -- come have a taste of this orange beauty!  Plus we'll have snap green beans (Rattlesnake Pole), French filet-type beans (Coban & Tavera), and romano type beans (Pension and Dragon Tongue)!  We'll also have lots of garlic (Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, Spanish Roja, and Lorz Italian), Shishito peppers, okra (green & burgundy), tomato fruit boxes, heirloom slicing tomatoes, potatoes (Nicola and German Butterball), French Red shallots, and pineapple tomatillos -- all Certified Organic!  We'll have a new pesto this week -- Purple Basil!  And we'll have our regular pesto and yummy jams.  

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.

And did you know that today is More Herbs, Less Salt Day?  Enjoy the delicious flavor of some fresh basil or mint today!

Until our next edition,

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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