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

Posted 6/10/2016 8:04am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

So much for those lazy, spring days (when WAS that?!) -- it's June and things are moving into overdrive.  For some reason, we can never quite get things to sequence correctly so we end up with garlic harvest and hay making at the same time! Aargh!

With this nice stretch of dry weather, Ray has been mowing our hay fields and we will start baling this afternoon.  The grasses are really beautiful this year -- fescue, orchardgrass, lespedeza, clover -- and they combine to make a tasty mix that animals love.  We have about 10 acres of hay -- and we are one of a handful of farms with Certified Organic hay -- so it is very much in demand.  And there's something about haying that brings out the highest temperatures of the year -- upper 90's and even 100 degrees are predicted for this weekend and early next week!  Whew!  The good news is that our friend, Laura Pallavicini from Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center will be getting a lot of the hay straight from the field.  Thanks, Laura & crew!  And if you see some soggy, sweaty folks over the weekend, be kind -- it may be us!

Hay field

On the garlic front, it seemed that in the blink of an eye, the garlic was ready to come out of the ground NOW!  We always gauge readiness by the number of green leaves remaining on the stalk -- we aim to harvest at around 5 green leaves.  Late last week, most plants had at least 7 or 8 and now, we have a lot that have very few green leaves remaining!  How did that happen?  We were very worried and started the harvest yesterday with Inchelium Red expecting the worst.  I am happy to report that we were pleasantly surprised -- the bulbs look good and have nice tight wrappers. Day #1 harvest yielded 1,980 bulbs -- 10% of the crop -- not a bad start. Yay!

Cleaning the Inchelium Red garlic

Speaking of garlic harvest, it's time for a Crop Mob!  We need some volunteers to help us harvest, trim and clean our bulbs of allium joy!  We are tentatively planning a mob for Tuesday, June 14 starting at 8 a.m.  Work ranges from picking up garlic in the field to sitting (under shade) trimming and cleaning bulbs.  It really is a lot of fun -- and we'll treat you to lunch.  Send us an email if you'd like to be part of the fun!  We'll confirm the details with you then.

Garlic Harvest Crop mob

Farm Tour!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 26 from 1-5 for the 2nd Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour! This is a great opportunity to visit not only our farm but 6 other farms in the region to learn a bit more about their operations -- learn where your food comes from and how it is grown!  The other farms on this FREE tour include Borrowed Land Farm, Buffalo Creek Farm & Creamery, Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve, Sanders Ridge Farm, Sungold Farm and Truffles NC at Keep Your Fork Farm.  Check out this interactive map for details. 

And just a reminder:  we are also looking for a few volunteers to help us with the event as well (greeters, parking helpers, set-up/take-down) so if you'd like to lend a hand, it would be greatly appreciated!

Farm tour 2015

Market Updates!

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including FRESH GARLIC, Garlic Scapes, Sugar Snap Peas (bunches!), Baby Kale, Vates & Lacinato/Dino full-sized kale bunches, Swiss Chard, Frissé, French Red Shallot Flowers, Spring Onions, Salad Mix, Chives, Garlic Powder, decorative Allium Flowers, and Triple Crown Blackberry Plants.  And you'd better hurry to snag one of the few remaining jars of Raspberry-Chipotle Molé!  We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at the Wednesday market.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Folks frequently tell us that they enjoy the pictures in this newsletter -- thanks!  If you'd like to see even more photos of Plum Granny Farm happenings, check us out at our Instagram account -- @plumgrannyfarm. We post several times a week - random pictures of farm life!

Enjoy Iced Tea Day today -- with the predicted heat wave, it's important to stay hydrated & cool!

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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