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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Open Greenhouse & Pop Up Market Tomorrow!

Posted 4/25/2014 9:03am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

Gave you a break last week from our meandering thoughts -- but this week, we're back at it!

Springtime on a farm is a very manic time -- although the days are getting longer, so is the to-do list.  Things to plant!  Fields to prepare!  Ginger to tend!  Grass to mow!  It takes lots of planning and concentration to try to stay on task -- but it is a reality that by 10 a.m., you are already on Plan G (the 1st 6 plans have already vaporized!).  Sigh...  But the good news is that we actually are ahead on some of our spring tasks -- and that feels VERY good!

The fill-in raspberries were planted last week -- and even got weeded by our weeding demon, Emma!  Here she is showing her skill at the task.

Emma the Weeding QueenMost of the potatoes were planted yesterday.  The soil conditions and seed potatoes looked great so we are very hopeful for getting a nice harvest.  The standard potatoes and half of the fingerlings are now tucked in the ground.

Emma & Elliot prepping potatoes for plantingNext week the eggplant trap crop will be going in to surround the field.  We read about using eggplant as a trap for the potato's archenemy, the Colorado Potato Beetle.  Apparently the beetles like eggplant even more than potatoes so they will get to snack on the eggplant and will leave the potatoes alone -- at least that is the plan.  

This will be a VERY busy weekend! Our First Annual Spring Open (Green)House event will be on Saturday (9-3) and Sunday (1-4).  We'll have LOTS of certified organic transplants (heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, herbs, eggplant, pepper) as well as berry plants (raspberry, blackberry and black raspberry). You can even get soil amendments, produce, and jams.  Our friends from Be Nutty Bakes and Butters will have baked goods featuring farm products and along with their yummy peanut butters!  There will be farm tours and a drawing for a worm composting bin and a mini-membership to the Allium Adventure Club!  It is supposed to be a GORGEOUS weekend so head on out to Stokes County for some fun!

In addition to the Open (Green)House event, we will also be at the Cobblestone Pop Up TOMORROW (Saturday, April 26) from 9 to noon.  The market will be held at the parking lot behind Mary's Gourmet Diner (7th and Trade) in Downtown.  We'll have lots of Certified Organic baby kale, swiss chard, salad mix, frisse, sugarloaf radicchio, salad turnips, pea shoots, blackberry & black raspberry plants, transplants (tomatoes, tomatillos, basil and other herbs, and eggplant), garlic powder, jam and MORE!

Whew!  A busy weekend for everyone!  We hope to see you at one place or the other (or both!) -- celebrate the last weekend in April with a belated party for the planet (PEA's Earth Day Fair is also this weekend) by heading out and supporting small, Organic farms!

Talk to you next week.

Cheryl & Ray

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

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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