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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Lazy Late Summer

Posted 8/12/2016 5:15pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

We are in the waning days of our Market Pause.  It's felt really good to be freed from the demands of market prep for a couple of weeks! But we'll be back at it next week so we'd better try to check off those things on the to-do list in a hurry (make pickles, fix porch, vacuum, ...)!

We've been doing lots of organizing, planting, weeding, mowing and planning this week trying to get our fall crops and plans ready.  Here's a quick photo tour of some farm activities:

Our ginger crop is doing well so far -- we got it fertilized and hilled last Friday:

Chris hilling the ginger

The green beans planted last Thursday have already jumped WAY up!  When you see beans grow, you really understand the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story!  Look out Detroit - they may catch you!

Detroit trying to get away from the beans!

And Chris is doing a great job of keeping them weed-free (thanks, Chris!)

Chris hoeing the beans

We are very excited that we may have a new feline member of our family!  We have been wanting to get a kitten friend for Detroit so he can have some company -- he still misses his brother, Ajo, who was killed last year.  We thought we had been seeing a dashing kitten in the corner of our eye but we had a chance to meet him a bit more up-close on Wednesday.   He(?) is quite shy but really seems to like Detroit.  Keep your fingers crossed that he decides to stay -- Detroit seems to be just fine with it!

Detroit and the kitten  Watching the kitten and Detroit

Market Update

Just a reminder that we will NOT be at Cobblestone Farmers Market tomorrow.  If you are planning on going, the market will open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow due to the Old Salem Community Day to celebrate its 250th anniversary.  There will be street closures so plan accordingly! 

We WILL be back at the King Farmers Market on Wednesday, August 17th -- just in time for its Tomato Tasting! And speaking of tasty tomatoes, thanks SO much for those of you who came out to the Winston-Salem Journal Tomato Tasting last Friday!  We bumped into several of you while we were there!  Even though our tomatoes weren't the top vote-getters this year, we are so grateful to be part of this community and to have such wonderful friends and customers.  Thank you!

As we move towards the end of the Dog Days of Summer, the song, Summertime, has been swirling in my head a lot.  Enjoy these late summer days and the things they bring.  We'll miss them in February.

The squash is blossoming...

Summer squash plant

The grapes are ripening...

Ripening Concord grapes

The bees are buzzing...

Honeybee on okra flower

And the tomatoes are high...

Red Pearl tomaotes on a trellis

It's summertime.... time to enjoy a glass of iced tea on the porch, don't you think?

Talk with you soon,

Cheryl & Ray

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