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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- September Smiles

Posted 9/4/2015 9:14am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The calendar has turned to September and there is a lot to smile about here at the farm! The crops we have planted for fall harvest are doing very well.  We are getting more seeds and plants into the ground and are trying to stay on top of the weeds.  Plus a few construction projects to round things out.

Something we are very excited about are BEANS!  Last Friday, there were only a few tiny green beans but on Monday, Ray's field check revealed bunches of them!  We picked over 30 pounds in our first harvest.  So... you'll find beans, beans & more beans at our tent on Saturday!  This is the first of 4 successions of beans so we hope to have them through frost!

Handful of Jade green beans

Okra, squash and peppers are starting to come in more steadily as well.  We are starting to get the first of the chile peppers and have pulled out the roaster -- rumor has it that it may be at market soon!  This year we planted several New Mexican chiles -- Joe E. Parker, Big Jim, and Chimayo in addition to Ancho.  The plants are on plastic mulch to try to control the water (our normal rainy summers really diminish the chiles' flavor and heat).  Our plan worked well -- the chile is much more flavorful and productive than before.  Next year we'll just have to get more plants in the ground!

Ray and the chile roaster

Another thing we are trying to be more conscientious about is cover cropping.  We usually sow a couple of fields in winter rye and Austrian peas to overwinter but we haven't been doing as much summer cover as we'd like.  As our weed pressure gets more intense, we need to step it up to suppress some of the undesirables.  This summer we have a nice stand of buckwheat in Daddy's Garden.  It is a beautiful plant -- and the bonus is that the bees really love it.  Buzzzzzz...

Field of buckwheat  Buckwheat close-up

BB Update

Our little lamb is growing and is doing very well.  She is transitioning from unsure and timid to curious and more bold.  Now she darts out ahead of "Mom" (whoever happens to be walking with her) and has started spronging around like a pronghorn antelope (it's just like a cartoon!).  BB added almost 2 pounds to her little frame this week (official weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz.)!  She's meeting lots of people and even got a chance to sniff out her soon-to-be bodyguard, Brix.  It will be a while before she and the cats are introduced -- she looks a bit too much like prey right now.

BB meeting Brix for the first time  BB and Chris harvesting shishito peppers  Detroit & Ajo watching BB like a hawk

If you didn't get a chance to meet BB last week at Cobblestone, she'll be there again at Laura Frazier's FarmGirl Arts booth at the top of the Cobblestone Old Salem Market.  Stop by and say "hi" to BB and Laura!

Market Updates

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). We'll have lots of green beans (Jade round pod, french filet, Romano-type).  Our Garlic Scape Pesto was a hit last week and sold out -- but we made more!  We will also have lots of cured garlic (Red Toch, Music, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Lahontan along with Elephant Garlic), Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes, Saladettes, slicers and paste tomatoes), along with Shishito Peppers, Okra, Salad Mix, Tomatillos, Summer Squash, Roasted Green Chile, Muscadines and the last of the French Red Shallots -- all Certified Organic.

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).

This week we say farewell to Matt McLaughlin, who has been interning with us this season. Matt is a student in the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Surry Community College and will be transferring to NC A&T upon completion of the 2-year program this spring.  He is starting his own farm just down the road from us, Sauratown Hopyard and Farm.  Matt has been a great asset to us in all elements of our work from seeding to planting to packing for market.  Good luck, Matt!  We hope you'll be back for garlic planting!

Matt planting strawberry tips

Here's wishing you a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  Get out and enjoy it!  Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

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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