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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Pesto Pronto!

Posted 7/18/2014 8:57am by Cheryl Ferguson.


Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

We've been spending a lot of time with Tom this week.  Our friends, Tomato and Tomatillo.  Pruning, trellising, cajoling, tucking, wrangling and thinning our tomatoes & tomatillos has consumed a LOT of time. Cheryl tried to be judicious in selecting how many varieties to plant this year -- always a challenge (those pictures & descriptions are just SO hard to resist in January!!)  And we did narrow the field from what we had a few years ago but we still have 41 varieties and about 1,100 plants...  About half of the planting is "fruits" -- cherry, plum, pear, currant, grape -- that we use to make our "fruit boxes."  It takes a lot of work to stay on top of this many tomatoes!  But the good news is that some are starting to come in!  Tasty sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes await!

Red & Yellow Cherry tomatoes

We keep adding to the Demo Garden so that farm visitors can peek into some of the crops that we grow.  This week we added a new bed.  Our friend Jen gave us a Bagster -- those giant 4x8 green bags that you use to haul off construction debris.


Yep, like one of those used at a construction site.  Jen used a Bagster for her garden in Winston-Salem and couldn't use it in her new house.  So the Bagster Bed now holds leeks and sweet potatoes here at the farm.  Great repurpose, Jen - thanks!

Jen & Chris with the Bagster Bed

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new product line for the farm's value-added products -- pesto!  Jane Morgan-Smith of Truffles NC at Keep Your Fork Farm has a great certified kitchen and offered it to us.  So Jen & I took a bunch of basil and other ingredients over to make our first batch of pesto -- you'll get a chance to taste (and buy!) it at market this week!  Mangia bene!

Jen pulling leaves off basil plants  Containers of finished pesto

Our yummy Triple Crown blackberries continue to come in STRONG!  We will have another Pick-Your-Own this Saturday (7/19) from 9-1

Berries in hand

Market Update:  Three opportunities to find our goodies at market this week!  On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem and we'll have a tent full of our products here at the farm for Pick-Your-Own.  On Wednesday, we'll be at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA.  What will you find on our tables?  We'll have lots of Certified Organic Garlic (first cured garlic of the season!), blackberries, okra, shishito peppers, tomato fruit boxes, baby beets, salad mix, tomatillos, Salsa Verde kits, potatoes (Red Thumb fingerlings and Nicola), Stargazer Oriental Lilies and MORE!  And don't forget our pesto (very limited quantity)!

And look for our new tent! 

Plum Granny Farm market tent

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.

Enjoy this cooler mid-summer weekend.  Looking forward to some rain next week!

Happy, healthy summertime eating,

Cheryl & Ray

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