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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Singing in the Rain!

Posted 5/20/2018 11:55am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
What a difference a week makes!  Last week we were swimming in strawberries and wiping the sweat off our brows.  Today we are suited up in rain gear and bemoaning the fact that we don't have any strawberries!  Such is the nature of this business we call farming.

Yep, the rain gauge is at 4".  Four inches of rain have fallen since Tuesday.  But we make the best of the situation -- more beans have been planted and we think about how great the rain is for the greens!  And Detroit and RingBob enjoy looking at the farm from one of their favorite perches.

And even in the rain, the farm is still beautiful.

Rain or shine, BB and Tony are celebrating today!  They are in their new paddock -- with grass as tall as they are!  I'm not sure if they slept at all last night -- too much good stuff to eat!  And Brix has to get used to them being in a new place.

The greenhouse continues to be a hub of activity.  Our current crop of cucumbers has pretty much played out but we are getting ready to plant another round of them.  The older cucumber plants were attacked by a nasty infestation of spider mites.  We have been working to control them with some biological sprays and the introduction of beneficial insects -- in this case, predatory mites.

It's also been a tough year for aphid control so we have turned to our friends, green lacewings.  There are green lacewing eggs mixed in the rice hulls in the picture.  Larvae hatch from the eggs and they are one of the best predators of aphids.  They are even called "Aphid Lions"!

But despite some pests, good stuff is coming out of the greenhouse!  Check out these tomatoes that are heading to PlumFresh members this weekend!

Strawberry Update
We had a great Mother's Day Pick-Your--Own last Sunday -- thanks to all of you who came out and shared some of our strawberry goodness.  One of our customers brought her daughter out for the afternoon and she captured some incredible photos.  Thanks to Aeliyra Photography for sharing these images!

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Grab your rain jacket and your boots and head on out to Cobblestone Farmers Market from 9-noon on Saturday.  We are a Rain or Shine market -- but if there are thunderstorms around, there is a chance the market may close early.  We suggest that you get to market closer to the opening bell -- if you wait until later, you may miss it.

Our purple tent will be packed with lots of Certified Organic goodness including SUGAR SNAP PEAS (oodles!), Spring Garlic, Kale (Lacinato/Dino and Red Russian), Kale Flowers, Snacking Cucumbers (a few), Tatsoi, Sunflower Shoots, Pea Shoots, Microgreens  and Young Ginger (vacuum-packed and frozen).  We'll also have Garlic Powder and Granules.  

Since we won't have the Strawberry Tsunami to deal with (that was CRAZY last week!), we'll have our Certified Organic transplants back under the tent.  We have lots of varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, tomatillos, veggie plants as well as some ginger plants.  Let us know if there is something in particular you are looking for!

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. tonight and it will be ready for pick-up tomorrow.

That does it for this week!  Gesti asked us to remind you that Sunday is National Rescue Dog DayThis celebration was founded by Tails That Teach, Inc. to bring awareness to the thousands of rescue dogs awaiting their forever homes in shelters around the country.  Gesti and most of our previous dogs have been rescues -- and like the bumper sticker says, "Who Rescued Who?"

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Pick Your Own Update!

We had a great Blackberry Season this year!  Thanks so much to all of you for coming out to the farm to pick our tasty berries!  See you in 2019!

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!  

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