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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Languid Late Summer Edition

Posted 9/5/2014 11:39am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

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Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

As we settle into September, the fact that we have only four more months left in the year really hits us hard.  In the rush to get things out of the field, we've got to be getting things in the fields as well.  Ah, the constant pursuit of the illusive dream of balance.

We had the opportunity yesterday to stop for a moment to hear the rain pour -- the cloudburst reminded me of days in New Mexico!  Ray was over at the Tobacco Barn checking on things in the walk-in when it hit.  Suddenly the cats appeared one by one seeking shelter -- drenched and a bit freaked out [the cats, not Ray ;-)]

A very wet Wally    Three cats crowded under a table

Lots of things coming out the fields -- and thanks to several of you, tomatoes were among them!  Our second Tomato Pick Your Own was a great success with nearly 300 pounds of tomatoes finding new homes in kitchens across the Triad!  Thanks so much for coming out on a warm Labor Day for picking!

Tomato field on Pick Your Own Day

What's been happening this week on the farm?  Cultivating the new potatoes was an early task this week.  Here's a shot of the field before they got cleaned up.

Potato plants in the field before cultivating

And a correction -- I misspoke last week when I said we were out of fingerlings.  I found a box of Red Thumb so look for them at tomorrow's market!

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 will still be there in force!  We'll be featuring the tasty Red Pearl grape tomato -- come have a taste of Cheryl's favorite!  We'll also have heirloom slicers,  quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes, "fruit" boxes, and the beautiful "Blush" tomato.  Plus we'll have snap green beans (Jade & Rattlesnake Pole) and French filet-type beans (Coban & Tavera), lots of garlic (Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, Spanish Roja, and Lorz Italian), Aji Dulce peppers (the sweet habanero), okra (green & burgundy),  potatoes (German Butterball and Red Thumb fingerling), Potato Popcorn (tiny potatoes that are ready for roasting), French Red shallots, swiss chard (small amount) and pineapple tomatillos -- all Certified Organic!  And we'll have our purple and regular basil pestos and yummy jams.  And Old Fashioned Blackberry and Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint are back!!

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 take a moment to celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sunday.  This special day was established by President Carter in 1978.  Remember those special people who were always so happy to see you!

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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