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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Spectacular Spring

Posted 3/25/2016 10:14am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Welcome Spring!  We are so glad that you are officially here -- although we would have preferred that you had left your blustery companion, Wind, behind!  Spring is definitely making herself known around the farm -- take a peek at some of the sightings:

Pansies in the bathtub planter  Robin's egg shell  Radishes ready for restaurants  Violets  Strawberry flowers in March

It is such a privilege to be able to experience the change of the seasons here on the farm.  The flora, fauna and tasks all ebb and flow depending on the time of the year.  Nature is a great teacher if we let her!

Speaking of tasks, one of this week's priorities was to get the artichokes mulched with hay.  We roll out round bales of hay over the plants and aisles to keep them cooler since they are planted in landscape fabric.  Just don't tell Brix and the lambs that we used their hay!

Chris and Andrew rolling out hay

Another task this week was to plant the onions.  Thanks to Chris and Andrew, we've got about 4,000 bulb onions, 500 shallots (from seed) and 2,000 bunching onions in the ground!

Chris, Andrew & Cheryl planting onions  Onion transplants  Chris and Andrew planting  Newly planted onions in the field

At this time of year we get lots of deliveries -- seeds, plants, soil amendments and supplies are coming in all the time.  Many of the large orders are delivered with a tractor-trailer.  Earlier this week, we got a delivery of a pallet of coconut coir -- we use this for planting ginger and turmeric. We are quite accustomed to large loads and full pallets -- but this was exceptional.  The pallet was 8 1/2 feet tall and weighed about 2,700 pounds.  And then it fell...

Pallet of coir on lift gate of truch  After it fell

Luckily no one was hurt (had a close call though!).  Later we joked that we've never seen a truck driver speed away from a delivery like that guy did.

Now that we've broken down the pallet into smaller pallets and bricks of coir, we have most of it stored and some at the greenhouse ready for ginger planting this weekend!  We have a great group of volunteers from the Triad Buying Co-op to help us with this task!

77 bales of coir in greenhouse

Dates to Remember

Here are a few dates to note as the season starts to get into full swing!

PlumFresh!

We have updated our website with a few sample boxes to give you a better idea of the goodness that awaits with our PlumFresh! Harvest Subscription Program.   There are only a few slots left and we'd love you to be part of our inaugural season!  This is a great program if you'd like to get a box of veggies & fruit weekly but want the flexibility to skip a week (or several).  Plus you don't have to pay for everything upfront!  Depending on the weather, we hope to start at the end of April.

 

Whew!  That made me tired!

Detroit snoozing on the potting bench

Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend and 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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