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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Soggy Cinco de Mayo Edition

Posted 5/5/2016 1:30pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Thursday! And Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Standing in a puddle

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Brix surveying the rain from her shelter

Or maybe that should be Happy Soggy de Mayo! We've got a soppy mess around here.  To date, we've had nearly 5.25 inches of rain since last Wednesday.  And unfortunately on Monday we had another brush with severe weather.  Around 5 p.m., a downburst came through bringing crazy straight-line winds, hail and heavy rain.  This storm didn't have the amount of hail that last week's did but the winds left us reeling.  Of course, the strawberries got beat up some but the biggest losers were several large trees and part of the tobacco barn that we use for our packing shed.  We've spent a lot of time this week cleaning up and trying to put things together while we see if the insurance company will help us rebuild the structure.

Tobacco barn shed collapse  Yam Barn tree  Church House tree

Another victim of the storm was the newly installed beehive (the New-Bees).  The force of the wind blew the hive apart.  Ray went out on Monday night to try to rescue them and we aren't sure of the success of that mission.  If the queen managed to stay with the comb that wasn't crushed, then there's a chance.  Keep your fingers crossed for our girls!

New-Bees hive blown apart by storm  Ray beside the behive  Ray moving the comb to another have  Lots of dead bees on top

Strawberry PYO Update

As you can imagine, all this rain and hail have not done the berries many favors.  We have had to trash several hundred pounds and are trying to save what we can for jam.  Today Chris and Andrew spent the rainy morning cutting up berries to freeze.

Because the berry production and conditions are not good, we are going to have to cancel our planned PYO on Sunday (5/8).  If we get some sun and warmer weather, hopefully we will be able to have a PYO this season.  More finger crossing....

Andrew & Chris prepping berries to freeze

Sorry to keep bringing you such downer news for two weeks in a row!  But let's end on a positive note, shall we?  We got lots of planting done, the garlic scapes are starting to peek through, and so many people have offered to help us with the clean-up.  That's definitely something to smile about, don't you think?

Newly planted kale & lettuce  Music garlic is starting to scape

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 Spring Garlic (Last week!), Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas, Swiss Chard, Kale, Kentucky Colonel Spearmint (for Derby Day!), Garlic Powder and Granules, Blackberry Plants, lots of transplants (tomato, tomatillo, herb) and Strawberry Hanging Baskets (with fruit!)  We will also have our tasty jams and popular Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce (it's grilling time!)  We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1.

Today is Ray & Cheryl's 32nd Wedding Anniversary!  And our employee, Andrew Chandler, is getting married on Saturday!  Happy times are here to stay!

Raspberry pink peony

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

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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