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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- No Foolin'!

Posted 3/31/2017 3:17pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

If March came in like a lion, it's going out like a trout! Wow!  We had a LOT of rain overnight and this morning.  Nearly 1.5 inches so far with more predicted this afternoon.  After a fairly dry winter, we have been making up our precipitation levels over the past couple of weeks.  Right now the fields are saturated -- the garlic almost looks like it is growing hydroponically!

But the fields dried out enough from the earlier rain so we were able to shape beds.  Thanks to Ray, Chris and the NC A&T bedshaper, we got 45 beds shaped (and some covered in plastic) before the latest deluge began. We've got a whole lot of planting to do now!

 

And speaking of planting, we've been doing that too!  Lots of lettuce, pac choi, bok choi, tatsoi and some kale have moved from their trays and into the field.  The new caterpillar has one bed of lettuce -- looking good!

 

We have continued to work on the caterpillar -- shaping beds and adding irrigation -- along with tweaking the plastic cover.  Now it doesn't flap so much in the wind.

 

Thanks for the suggestions for names for the new caterpillar hoophouse!  We decided that since we were calling it "Cat #1," we would go with the cat theme.  So we are naming the tunnels after some of our cats:  the first one is "Wally" and "Mama Meow" and "Ajo" will be the next two.  Maybe butterflies after that.

Market Season is Almost Here!

This is NOT an April Fools joke!  The Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem will start next Saturday (April 8) from 9-noon.  With market on the horizon, "vacation time" is over!!  It's time to step up our game even more to get everything ready for show-time!  Markets really are a lot like a theatre or musical performance!  We'll have some great early season crops for you -- more details next week!

We will also be doing a market at the farm this year starting in late May-early June.  It will be on Wednesday afternoons in conjunction with our PlumFresh pick-up time.  This market will take the place of our participation in the King Farmers Market (which will start on April 19).

Only 3 memberships left for PlumFresh!!

The opportunity to participate in PlumFresh is quickly disappearing!  If you've been thinking about it but just haven't gotten your application in, NOW is time!  For more information and an application, please click here.

That's it for now!   We'll leave you with some of the signs of spring that we've spotted this week.

     

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

P.S.  Just as I was ready to hit "send" on the newsletter, the trucking company came with a load of 4 pallets of soil amendments from Seven Springs Farm Organic Farm Supplies.  Yikes!  This is our big annual bulk order that we coordinate to help fellow farmers in the area get better prices on soil amendments.  With no helpers scheduled today, no pallet jack, and rain starting, it was a scramble!!  Thank goodness that Jonny lives close by so he could give us a hand!  It's all done!  Whew!

   

Pick-Your-Own Update!

Come and get some berries before they are gone!  Last week was the peak of production for our incredible blackberries -- but we still have lots.  So come out to the farm for a Twilight Pick-Your-Own on Monday, July 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

These delicious blackberries are Certified Organic and are No-Spray! And they are even thornless!

Price is $5.50 per pound.  Please bring a container to take your berries home as well as a cooler.

Other produce will also be available.

We are located at 1041 Flat Shoals Road outside of King.  Take US Hwy 52 North of Winston-Salem, Exit 122 RJR - Moore Rd.  Turn left at the ramp and continue straight on Moore Road (which then becomes Mountain View Road).  Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with NC Hwy 66.  Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to Flat Shoals Road which branches off to the right.  Take Flat Shoals Road – parking for the PYO field is the first driveway on the right – across the road from the farmhouse.  Look for signs.  

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