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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Shear Delight!

Posted 6/3/2016 11:47am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

As the temperatures have started to rise into the 90's, our minds have been on one thing:  the very thick wool coats that BB and Tony have been wearing!  So when Shearing Day rolled around, it was very exciting!  But now we're not sure where our sheep went -- they look so different!  And the lambs weren't not quite sure if they recognized each other either!

Before the shearing  After

A huge thank you to Laura Frazier of FarmGirl Arts (BB and Tony's 1st Human) for doing a terrific job of shearing along with giving them their shots.  The whole process went amazingly well for a first shear -- both of the lambs were well-behaved and Brix monitored the situation closely to make sure her charges weren't being harmed.  Tony's fleece was exceptionally nice -- Laura is considering entering it into a competition.  Hope you enjoy some pictures:

   BB looks on as Tony gets sheared  Checking out Tony's fleece  Rolling back the fleece on Tony  Yes ma'am - 2 bags full! 

But the week hasn't been all about fun and lambs, we have been getting some serious work done.  Thanks to Chris and Andrew, the onions feel like they have had their grass coats sheared (did I hear an "Ahhh...!"?)

No weeds onions

The garlic finally started producing scapes in quantity -- today we harvested 67 pounds! 

Lots of garlic scapes  Ray and Andrew with some of the scape harvest

And the asparagus got weeded and tucked in for its summer ferning -- see you next year!

Asparagus after weeding  Chris covering the asparagus beds with leaf mulch  Asparagus starting to form ferns

Farm Tour!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 26 from 1-5 for the 2nd Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour! We'll be joining 6 other farms for this terrific FREE event.  More info to come but just wanted to make sure you got this date on your calendar!  We are also looking for a few volunteers to help us with the event as well (greeters, parking helpers, set-up/take-down) so if you'd like to lend a hand, it would be greatly appreciated!

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 Garlic Scapes (plus recipes!), Baby Kale, Vates & Lacinato/Dino full-sized kale bunches, Swiss Chard, Frissé, French Red Shallot Flowers, Spring Onions, Salad Mix, Lemon Basil, Chives, Garlic Powder, and Triple Crown Blackberry Plants.  And our jam and Raspberry-Chipotle Molé stocks are getting VERY low, so hurry!  We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at the Wednesday market.

Interesting coincidence that the month designated as National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month also holds National Donut Day (today!).  There's a great article by Tim Clodfelter in today's Winston-Salem Journal about the origins of the day in World War I.

Enjoy your veggies with a side of donuts -- or whatever you wish!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Growing Garlic at Home!

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 11+ years experience of growing this essential crop.  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!  Register now for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop.  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 13 from 2-5 -- just in time for planting. The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. To register, use our online form.

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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