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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Sheared Sheep, Sunny Skies!

Posted 11/4/2016 10:38am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!  And Happy November (wow!)

Before we get too far into the newsletter, there's just something that we have to say (don't worry, it's not political!):

Wrigley Field sign with "Cubs Win"GO CUBS!  Ray is a life-long Chicago Cubs fan, so he was very excited about the Cubs winning the World Series.  But he is a bit concerned that they will lose some of their adorable(?) goofy bad luck tendencies.  Sounds like a Cubbies fan, don't ya think?!  Or maybe he just sounds like a farmer, since we stick with it, good times and bad, and always hope for next year.

Now back to our regularly scheduled newsletter!

The weather has been amazing!  We hit 90 again this week and it feels more like early September than November.  And rain -- what's that?  We have had less than 2 inches in the past 75 days.  Despite our concerns, the weather has been great though for getting fields prepped.  We are making great progress on getting the Bee Field ready for garlic -- hopefully we can start planting next week!

Ray working on Bee Field with Sauratown Mountain in background  Garlic beds in Bee Field

On Monday we got beds ready in Daddy's Garden.  This field is our main over-wintering field since the soil is very good, has easy access to water, and is fenced.  We were in a rush to get this done because a photographer from the Winston-Salem Journal was coming to get some shots of how we use low tunnels for season extension.  Amy Dixon wrote an article (which was published today) about using hoops for protecting plants from winter's cold.  Thanks to both Amy and to Andrew Dye for coming out to visit and for sharing some of our farming techniques!

It's been a busy week for the lambs, too!  On Sunday they moved to their new pasture (they would say thanks but their mouths are too full).

Toney and BB in their new pasture  Brix is checking out the lambs' old pasture

And then on Wednesday, Laura Frazier (FarmGirl Arts) came out to shear them.  They always look SO little after losing all of that fleece!  After their haircuts, they got to take a walk for ...sweet potato leaves! (Sorry BB, no ice cream!)

Tony getting shorn  BB's long locks  Post-shear walk in sweet potatoes

Just 3 weeks Away!  Holiday Market!

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 26 (10-3) for our 3rd Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market here at the farm!  This year we have a new addition:  a food truck!  La Vie en Rose of Winston-Salem will be joining us along with 7 other vendors to help you jump start your Holiday Season!  Now you will be able to shop without an empty, grumbling stomach!  Our partners at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery have put together a great line-up of vendors as well!  Stay tuned for more details!

Market Update

Just THREE more weeks of Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem!  We'll be there tomorrow with lots of Certified Organic tastiness!  Here's what you'll find on our tables:  Bubba Blue Baby Ginger, Garlic Powder and Granules (new batch:  Purple Italian), Garlic Sampler Bags, bulb Garlic (this week's feature is German Red and we'll have 5 other varieties), Garlic Braids, Swiss Chard, young Kale (Dino and curly Vates), some Tomatoes, a few Pie Pumpkins (plus a recipe for savory stuffed pumpkin), a few bags of Snow Peas, Ancho Chile Peppers (maybe even roasted ones!), Basil, some Green Beans and Microgreens

We will also have bags of Seed Garlic -- this is our biggest garlic that we save for planting (bigger cloves yield bigger garlic).  If you've ever wanted to grow garlic at home, let us help!  We even have home-sized bags of soil amendments available.

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

And if you haven't voted early, don't forget to exercise your most important duty as a Citizen in our democratic process:  VOTE!I voted sticker

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Plant Your Victory Garden Now!

Interested in planting your Covid-19 Victory Garden?  Plum Granny Farm is happy to help!  We'll be holding our 7th annual Spring Plant Sale the first weekend in May.   Four terrific days to find those perfect plants for your own Victory Garden – Friday, May 1 (10-4), Saturday, May 2 (10-4), Sunday, May 3 (1-4) and Monday, May 4 (10-3). 

On Friday and Saturday, we will reserve the first 2 hours of the plant sale to seniors and those at-risk.  We will also have procedures in place to ensure adequate social distancing such as limiting the number of people in the greenhouse at any time, asking visitors to bring and wear masks and maintaining 6' spacing in checkout lines, etc. Other preventive measures will be in place as well for hand sanitation, etc. 

Hundreds of plants will be available!  For a complete list, please click here.

PlumFresh Registration Is Open NOW!

Sign-ups for our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program have begun.  This program is our own twist on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  It is flexible and customizable -- and you don't have to pay for the entire season upfront.  Click here for more information!  Ready to sign up now?  Click here!

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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