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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- No Weather Drama!

Posted 5/13/2016 7:58am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

We are so very happy to report that we have no cataclysmic weather events to share with you this week!  Hooray!  We got nervous yesterday evening when big, bad storm clouds started rolling in but they didn't bring us much of anything -- although it sounds like there was a lot of bad weather all around.  Hope everyone made out okay.

We really appreciate the well-wishes we have gotten from everyone regarding last week's storm damage.  It means so much to get your words of encouragement and offers of help.  We hope to be having a barn-raising event to rebuild the shed that collapsed -- don't know when that will be but you'll be the first to hear about it!

The bees seem to have made it - although the numbers are reduced.  We still aren't sure about the queen -- they have been a bit too grumpy to be able to get into the hive for a thorough look.  We did have a little swarm on Sunday and were able to catch it.  The swarm was from another hive -- not the one that was damaged.

In addition to continuing storm clean-up, we've been getting some other stuff done around here.  Amazingly the soil had dried out enough that Ray was able to cultivate the potatoes and hill them for the first time.  Our little spuds are looking good!

Potato field

And the blackberries and raspberries are starting to develop green fruit -- promising!

Green berries on Ouachita blackberries  Green berries on Prelude raspberries

A good chunk of the week has been devoted to our annual Garlic-palooza -- our big order of spring garlic for The Produce Box.  This year we had decided that we weren't going to do as large of an order (we've done as much as 5,000 bunches before!) so we initially thought we'd have about 300 or so.  By the time we finished yesterday, we clocked in at 1,111!  You just can't stop these guys!  Kudos to our Rock Stars of the Palooza -- Chris & Andrew!  You crushed it!

Andrew washing garlic  Chris & Andrew with the last of the cleaned garlic  Getting the boxes ready to go  Last bunches go in the box

Strawberry PYO Update

Believe it or not, our strawberries have recovered and conditions are looking pretty good. So.... we are having a PYO on Sunday (5/15) from 1-3 p.m.  We provide picking containers but please bring something to carry them home as well as a cooler.  The berries are $3.75 per pound.  Head on up to Stokes County on Sunday!  It's supposed to be a beautiful day!

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 Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas, Kale, Garlic Powder and Granules, Triple Crown Blackberry Plants, lots of transplants (tomato, tomatillo, herb) and maybe some strawberries.  We will also have our tasty jams and popular Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce (it's grilling time!)  We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1.

Here's a bit of lore from our friends at The Old Farmer's Almanac:  May 11, 12, and 13 are the feast days of Saints Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais. These days are known as the Three Chilly Saints because they are traditionally the coldest of the month.  English and French folklore (and later American) held that these days would bring a late frost. In Germany, they were called the Icemanner, or Icemen Days, and people believed it was never safe to plant until the Icemen were gone.  Another bit of folklore claimed, "Who shears his sheep before St. Gervatius's Day loves more his wool than his sheep."  BB and Tony are glad that we love them more than their wool!  But the time to shear is soon!

Have a great Friday the 13th -- did you know this is the only one this year?

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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