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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Midsummer Musings

Posted 8/1/2014 9:04am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

Rain! Rain, Rain -- glorious rain!! What a nice way to begin the morning -- a light, gentle rain is falling and I can almost hear a murmur of appreciation from the grass, flowers and veggies.  The ground has been so thirsty during July -- we probably got less than three-quarters of an inch all month -- so this moisture to begin August is appreciated.

 Pond in the rain  Cats looking out the door - do we have to go out?

What's been happening this week on the farm?  We've been continuing work on the greenhouse (got the roll-up side curtain complete -- just in time for the cooler nights), harvesting potatoes, working the tomatoes, installing irrigation, prepping the field where we had garlic for fall potatoes and cover crops, repairing irrigation, seeding fall crops, running irrigation and more!  (See why we are so happy about the rain?!)

There is only one more variety potatoes left in the field -- Papa Cacho, a Peruvian landrace fingerling that is incredibly resistant to blight.  We'll let those grow a bit longer while we enjoy the other potato goodies that we have unearthed. This week we'll be bringing the popular German Butterball standards along with LaRatte fingerlings to market.  The potato field is looking a bit bare, save one little island of Papa Cachos.

Little island of Papa Cacho potatoes

We are enjoying trying a few of the new tomato varieties we planted this year.  Last night we tried "Carbon," a large slicer.  It is a "black" tomato -- very dark reddish-brown (darker than a Cherokee Purple) and it has a wonderful , rich taste.  It was amazing tossed with pasta, garlic and mozzarella cheese.  Mmmm...I do love summer dinners!  Carbon will be one of our entries in tonight's  Winston-Salem Journal Tomato Tasting.  That event is from 7 to 9 p.m., downtown at Sixth and Trade streets.  We'll have 7 other varieties included for your voting pleasure (Red Pearl, Gold Nugget, BHN968, Franchi Red Pear, Mini Orange, Striped Roman and Blush)! Organizers say they have at least 70 varieties for the tasting.

Once again we are starting strawberry plants for your home gardens.  They will be available in mid-September, which the ideal time for planting in NC.  Chandler and Sweet Charlie are the two varieties we'll have.

Strawberry plants growing in the greenhouse

Market Update:   On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  On Wednesday, we'll be at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables?  We'll have lots of Certified Organic Garlic (Music, Red Toch, Chesnok, Lorz Italian and Metechi), Shishito peppers (finally will have more than a pint!), okra (green & burgundy), tomato fruit boxes, heirloom slicing tomatoes, tomatillos, swiss chard, Salsa Verde kits (have a taste of the salsa made from the kit), potatoes (LaRatte fingerlings and German Butterball), pesto, jams and MORE! 

As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.

Kick off "National Simplify Your Life Week" by resolving to make quick and fresh meals with local ingredients found at the farmers market!

Happy, healthy summertime eating,

Cheryl & Ray

Growing Garlic at Home!

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 11+ years experience of growing this essential crop.  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  Register now for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop.  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 13 from 2-5 -- just in time for planting. The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. To register, use our online form.

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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