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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Last Cobblestone Market for 2014!

Posted 12/11/2014 1:14pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Thursday!

Another busy week on the farm!  Although this week has been a bit more oriented to indoor tasks than out.  Yesterday was the day for our annual Organic Certification inspection.  Whew!  We submitted our plan back in August and were waiting to hear about the on-site inspection.  Late last week we got the call from our certifier -- Wednesday was the day!  Our Organic Systems Plan is an extensive document but it is only part of what we must do for certification.  The on-site inspection is very thorough and involves a complete farm walk as well as reviewing our documentation -- half a day at least.  One of the parts that we have to be prepared for is to show our all crops from seed to sale -- a complete audit of when we seeded, when and how much was planted, what was harvested and how much we sold.  It takes a LOT of preparation -- but we think we did fine!  We should be hearing back from the certifying agency in a month or so.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Ray preps for site visit

So why do we go through this every year?  We believe it provides an important assurance to our customers regarding how we grow our crops.  Unlike vague terms like "naturally grown" or "no spray", what we produce is regulated through an extensive Federal certification process. From the seed we plant to our tent at market, we have specific requirements that we must meet to ensure that the food you enjoy from us is grown in a way that nourishes the land (and you!).  We deeply appreciate your trust in us and thank you for supporting a Certified Organic farm!

Garlic Update:  No it's not all planted yet....We decided to let the soil continue to dry out and to give us time to sort through the cloves of cracked garlic and pick out the biggest ones for planting.  There may be a crop mob late next week so stay tuned!

Just wanted to remind you that as you are doing your Holiday shopping for friends and family outside of the immediate area, we can help!  Our jams & garlic products make great gifts and we are happy to take care of the wrapping and shipping for you!  Santa's purple elves to the rescue!

Thanks for all of the well wishes for Wally!  He seems to be very happy in his new home and his new family has sent a couple of photos along.  Had to share this one with you -- do you think he is going to be spoiled?

Wally and Hayden

Market Update:  

This week's market is the final Cobblestone Farmers Market Pop-Up!  It's on Saturday (12/13) in the parking lot behind Mary's Gourmet Diner (7th & Trade in Downtown Winston-Salem) from 10-noon.  You'll find all kinds of great things on our tables -- many perfect for gift-giving!

Garlic Lovers Gift Box

  • Fresh baby turmeric
  • Garlic (Music, Inchelium, Red Toch & Purple Italian)
  • Garlic Sampler Bags
  • Garlic Braids (4 bulb & 10 bulb)
  • Garlic Powder & Granules
  • Garlic Lovers Gift Box (braid, garlic sampler bag & garlic powder)
  • Sweet Potatoes (Covington)
  • Fingerling Potatoes
  • Lettuce (Oakleaf Head Lettuce)
  • Windowsill Herb Gardens
  • Jam Gift Boxes
  • 9 varieties of Jam (including our tasty Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter)
  • Mistletoe
  • and MORE!

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.

Enjoy Poinsettia Day tomorrow!  Take a trip up to visit our friends at Mitchell's Nursery & Greenhouse in King and feast your eyes on their huge selection of poinsettias.  They grew over 8000 this year and you can vote on your favorite variety as part of the national poinsettia trials.

Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

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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