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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Leaping Into March

Posted 2/28/2016 8:56am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Sunday!

What a week of wild weather!  We were watching our greenhouse and hoophouse like a hawk because of the wind was blasting through here like crazy -- sustained winds of over 20 mph!  Our houses held up to the wind but unfortunately we know of several folks that did have damage to their houses.  And then there was the the rain -- about 1.5".  Thank goodness it was less than the 2.5" predicted!  These blustery, wet days kept us mostly indoors but we've been doing a lot of work on the Capella Community Kitchen project this week.

Before the rain, we were able to get Daddy's Garden prepped for planting.  You may recall that I learned about a way to fix our walk-behind tractor at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference a few weeks ago.  Mr. Fix-It (aka Ray) ordered the parts from the great folks at Earth Tools and has transformed our 7 year-old Grillo into an even better machine!  I have always been challenged with the clutch because I have small hands.  The new clutch is SO easy to operate that even a klutz like me can do it!  Check it out!

Cheryl & the new & improved Grillo

So with the beds tilled, we were able to get sugar snaps, snow peas and fava beans in the ground.  Yay!  Our first outside planting of the year!

Chris & Ray planting peas

With yucky weather, the greenhouse provides a nice place to work.  This week, in addition to lots of seeds going into trays, the onion transplants got a haircut.  By trimming the onions, they become more stout and sturdy and will do better in the field.

Ray trimming the onions

On Friday, we joined about 10 other local farms at the first-ever "Meet Your Farmer CSA Sign-Up Day" where we met lots of terrific folks who are interested in local food.  Thanks so much to Mary Jac Brennan at the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Office and the Forsyth Community Food Consortium for sponsoring this event!

Cheryl at the Meet Your Farmer Day

And speaking of CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), we have decided to offer something similar but definitely NOT the same.  Our Plum Fresh! Harvest Subscription Program lets you get a weekly box of farm-fresh organic veggies, fruits and specialty items without the big up-front charges and with the flexibility of getting a box when you want it.  Click here for more details!  We will be offering a limited number of subscriptions this season, so voice your interest today!

TK found a home!

We are SO excited that TK has found a home! Thanks so much to Linda for reading our newsletter to know about him and to Ralph for opening his heart and his doors for this special kitten! May you enjoy many years of great companionship!  We appreciate all of our readers' help in spreading the word!

TK and Ralph

Wishing you a terrific Leap Day -- enjoy this extra 24 hours -- sounds like it is going to a be a sunny and warm one!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Plant Your Victory Garden Now!

Interested in planting your Covid-19 Victory Garden?  Plum Granny Farm is happy to help!  We'll be holding our 7th annual Spring Plant Sale the first weekend in May.   Four terrific days to find those perfect plants for your own Victory Garden – Friday, May 1 (10-4), Saturday, May 2 (10-4), Sunday, May 3 (1-4) and Monday, May 4 (10-3). 

On Friday and Saturday, we will reserve the first 2 hours of the plant sale to seniors and those at-risk.  We will also have procedures in place to ensure adequate social distancing such as limiting the number of people in the greenhouse at any time, asking visitors to bring and wear masks and maintaining 6' spacing in checkout lines, etc. Other preventive measures will be in place as well for hand sanitation, etc. 

Hundreds of plants will be available!  For a complete list, please click here.

PlumFresh Registration Is Open NOW!

Sign-ups for our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program have begun.  This program is our own twist on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  It is flexible and customizable -- and you don't have to pay for the entire season upfront.  Click here for more information!  Ready to sign up now?  Click here!

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

We've been really jammin' so now 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 or at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market.


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