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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!

   

Mark Your Calendar! Holiday Market on November 25!

It won't be long until our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 25 from 10-3.  This event, now in its 4th year, has become the destination for many visitors to kick off the Holiday Season.  We'll be teaming up again with our friends from Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  There will be lots of vendors at both locations who will offer locally grown and produced items for the perfect gift for Holiday giving.  Feel good about supporting your local small business owners!


 

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