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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Let the Garlic Harvest Begin!

Posted 6/19/2014 7:47pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy Thursday, Farm Friends!  It's almost officially Summer!

As we move toward the Summer Solstice, the temperatures are starting to rise and we start gearing up for our summer tasks.  Berry season is beginning (we'll even have black raspberries at market!).  And one of the main early summer harvests is garlic.  This year it is a bit earlier than last -- the drought and hot weather we had in late May really accelerated the maturation.  We have harvested a few trial varieties but the bulk of it will be over the next week.  Last year we were blessed with nearly a 3 week harvest period which really gave us a chance to move through it at a more humane pace -- this year we will be more pressed to finish more quickly.

The reason that we must hurry is that if the garlic stays in the ground too long, it starts to break down and lose some of the outer wrappers.  You should harvest once there are about 5 green leaves -- that that point the bulb is mature enough and there is enough of the outer wrapper to cover the cloves.  Once you start losing more leaves, then you are in trouble.  Home gardeners take note -- check your garlic!

Here are a few photos:

Samples of garlic harvest

A few sample bulbs

Georgia Crystal fresh garlic

Georgia Crystal that will be sold as fresh garlic

In planting news for the week, we got our sweet potatoes, french filet beans and other green beans, and more peppers in.  Expect a good supply of Shishito and Aji Dulce peppers at market later in the summer!

Chirs and Ray planting sweet potatoes  Row of sweet potato plants

And it won't be too long before tomatillos and potatoes will be on the table!  And the artichokes are looking mighty fine!

Cisneros Grande tomatillo with fruit  Field of potato plants  Artichokes in the field

Market Update:  We'll be at both Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (Saturday) and the King Farmers Market (Wednesday).  What will you find on our tables?  We'll have lots of Certified Organic garlic scapes (last week!), Black Raspberries(!), sugar snap peas (starting to slow down), baby beets (more are coming in now!), pea shoots, baby kale, salad mix (limited amount) Lamb's Quarter Gratin Kit (sounds strange - but a great recipe for a powerhouse green!), transplants (tomatoes, tomatillos, basil and other herbs), and MORE!  Don't forget that we have new batches of our delicious Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce as well as our yummy Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint Jam. 

We are happy to save an item for you in advance if you'd like.  Just shoot us an email before the market.

Have a wonderful weekend -- what better way to welcome Summer than to go to the Farmers Market?  Talk to you next week.

Cheryl & Ray

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

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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