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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update September 30, 2017 -- Hay Daze

Posted 10/2/2017 8:32am by Cheryl.

Hay Daze are upon us!  We've been blessed with a stretch of good weather for making our fall crop of hay.  Hot and dry conditions have helped us cut, rake and bale in record time -- and without the stress of wondering if we would be hit with rains.  Since we lost a lot of our spring hay due to rain, it's been nice to have these conditions.


Field Report

We are almost finished with the strawberry planting!  Since we had quite a few extra plants left over, we decided to add an additional row to the field -- so now we have a total of 1,500 Chandler strawberry plants (plus the 900 Sweet Charlies) in our field for 2018.  The additional 2 1/2 rows will give us quite a bit more fruit next year (fingers crossed!!)  

Don't forget -- if you want to grow some strawberries at home, we will have 4-packs of Sweet Charlie strawberry plants available at market tomorrow.  These are from tips that we collected in August and have been growing in the greenhouse.

Hooray!  Our snap beans have started producing in full force!  We harvested over 35 pounds on Monday -- our first day of picking!

And check out this beautiful Radicchio!

Last Chance to Register for Garlic Workshop!

It's your last chance to register for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop!  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  It will be held here at the farm next Sunday (October 8) from 2-5!  Get your registration in TODAY!  The class fee is $32 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. For more information and a registration form, check out our website.

What's Under the Purple and White Tents?

Tomorrow at Cobblestone Farmers Market we'll have the first of our GREEN BEANS (Romano, Pole, Round and a few haricot verts).  Plus we'll have the first offering of FRESH BABY GINGER!   

Even though the roaster has exited for the season, we'll have freshly roasted green chile (Joe Parker, Big Jim and Poblano).  You'll also find fresh peppers of all types: Shishitos, Poblano Peppers, New Mexico-type Green Chile, Ashe County Sweet Pimentos, Purple Beauty Peppers, Jupiter Sweet Red Peppers, the sweet habenero Aji Dulce and candy-sweet Picnic Peppers.

We'll have more of our Heritage Muscadine and Scuppernong Grapes on the table.  You'll also find Frissé, Sunflower Shoots, a little bit of Okra, Daikon Radishes, Tomato Fruit Boxes, a few Slicing Heirloom Tomatoes, Heirloom Eggplant, freshly cut Herbs (Dill, Italian Parsley, Rosemary) and Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants!  In the Garlic Department, you'll find Inchelium Red, Music, Georgian Crystal, Chesnok, Lorz Italian and Elephant plus the Cream of the Crop Seed Garlic (Chesnok, Lahontan and Elephant).

All of our products are Certified Organic and are grown by us!  If you would like us to hold an item for you, please let us know by 10:00 p.m. tonight.

In closing -- and in keeping with the "Hay" theme, we wanted to share a poem from our dear friend and neighbor, Jenny Bates.  Jenny, and her husband Bob, are great friends of the farm and are frequent visitors - especially to see Brix.  Jenny is a published author -- her most recent work is found in Flying South, a publication of Winston-Salem Writers.  Thanks so much for sharing this, Jenny!

Roll Up the Hay  

Sunset on this ribbon of road,

the giant rolls of harvest hay

lay between perfectly groomed

spaces in the field.

Smoldering like tips of

enormous genteel cigars,

curled by cultivated hands.

Baroque punctuations on

a landscape proud of

its hayseed manners.

Pasture, folded and sectioned

into nautilus shells by summer’s

craftsmen and shaped in the

slanting, fading light.


Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Elves at Work! Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

We've been really jammin' so now 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 or at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market.


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