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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- May Miscellany

Posted 5/19/2016 11:07am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Thursday!

What a strange May this has been. Gloomy days seem to be the norm (although last Saturday at market was exquisite!).  But the cloud cover and mist are good for planting and weeding, which are high on our to-do list this week.

The weeds are definitely getting their spring growth spurt so we are trying to get them out of our plantings before they take over.  The leeks are a good example.  In the picture below, the unweeded bed is full of sedge and the newly weeded bed (to the right of Detroit) is nice and clean.  Leeks, along with other alliums, don't compete well with weeds so it is especially important to keep ahead of the game.

Weedy and weeded leeks with Detroit

Another crop we are trying to tend extra well this year is potatoes.  Last year the weeds jumped up before we could get in the field to hill and cultivate.  In the battle between the weeds and the potatoes, the potatoes lost big time.  And if the weeds didn't do them in, the Colorado Potato Beetles did.  This week we scouted the field and found very few beetles or eggs (yay!) and Ray did another hilling and cultivation.  Don't you think the field is looking mighty fine?

Freshly cultivated and hilled potatoes

One of the busiest "fields" on the farm is Raz House, our high tunnel.  This little 30' x 40' space has a lot going on!  The snow peas came out this week and the early sugar snap peas will probably follow today.  The peas are being followed by tomatoes along with lettuce, basil and radishes.  We are doing lots of inter-planting to maximize the space -- it's prime real estate!  The picture below shows the newly planted tomatoes in the former snow pea bed -- behind it are the snap peas awaiting their final picking.  We can really pack a house!

Raz House planting

The middle of May always signals one of our favorite times of the year -- Scape Season!  Yes, our little acrobatic friends are starting to emerge in the hardneck garlic.  These tasty morsels are always a frequently requested item at market -- and this week we'll have some!  In addition, we are doing a cooking class on garlic scapes for Southern Home & Kitchen at Thruway Center next Tuesday (5/24) at 6 p.m.  Contact them for reservations (336.777.3660) – it will be fun and tasty!

Scape on "Music" garlic plant


On the Bee front, Ray completed the transition of the damaged hive to a top-bar hive and things seem to be doing okay -- it is still hard to tell if there is a queen.  Later today, Ray will be installing a nuc from a swarm that our friend, Brian Hart, caught.  His wife, Sharon, had read about us losing one of our hives and called to offer one of theirs.  Those bees will be going into the Langstroth hive body -- trying again!  Thanks to Brian and Sharon for sharing!

Mini-Hay Day

Or was that hey day?  The lambs and Brix were treated to a pre-haying feast of fresh grass this week.  Freshly cut and delivered straight to their waiting mouths... sometimes you are just in the mood for fast food delivery!

Cutting the grass under watchful eyes  Brix gets her share  A deliriously happy lamb  Table for two, please

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 Snow Peas, Garlic Scapes, Kale, Swiss Chard, Broccoli Raab, Frissé, Easter Egg Radishes, Garlic Powder and Granules, Triple Crown Blackberry Plants, and lots of transplants (tomato, tomatillo, herb).  Our fruit-forward jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molé will also be available.  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.

Tomorrow is Pick Strawberries Day.  While we won't have any to pick, we want to thank everyone who came out to our PYO event last Sunday -- what a wonderful day!  And thanks too to everyone who bought strawberries from us this year -- we know that we never had enough to go around but we really appreciate your enthusiasm for our little red fruits!

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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