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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Springing Forth!

Posted 3/18/2016 10:31am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Another gorgeous week on the farm!  We hit a high of 88 on Wednesday.  Wow!  Everything seems to be blooming at once -- wild plums, red maples -- and the bees are very happy for all the nectar.

Wild plum tree

Our solitary plum tree (quite ancient) is putting on its spring show as well.

Lonely old plum tree

Here's an interesting astronomical fact -- the Vernal Equinox is the earliest this year than it has been since 1896!  Spring officially begins at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.  Its early arrival is more complicated than space allows but our friends at the Old Farmer's Almanac explain it all for you here.  An extra early Spring...no wonder we feel so far behind already!

A sure sign of spring is working in the asparagus.  We mowed the old foliage earlier in the week and have been trying to tackle the weeds.  While cleaning out the beds, we found some early shoots -- won't be long until we are harvesting every day!

Chris & Andrew weeding the asparagus  A few early spears of asparagus

We are continuing to get fields ready for planting and maintaining the ones that are planted.  Cheryl bush-hogged Ruth's Field and we are clearing clumps of grass from Bee Field.  Onions get planted on Monday and the freshly weeded garlic is looking GREAT!

View from the tractor in Ruth's Field  Onions ready to go in the field  Garlic in South

We had an extra set of hands around here this week -- Ray's sister, Linda was visiting from California.  Of course, we put her to work!  She decided this was her Farm Fantasy Camp experience (and she wants to come back!)

Linda harvesting spring garlic  Linda potting up tomatoes  Linda & Ray feeding the lambs

Spring Open Greenhouse Day

We are just a month away from our Spring Open Greenhouse & Plant Sale on Sunday, April 17 from 1-5.  One of the things that we'll have are our beautiful Strawberry Hanging  Baskets.  Chris has done a terrific job on these -- from harvesting the tips to planting the baskets.  Don't they look great?

Chris and the strawberry basket  Bunches of strawberry baskets

PlumFresh!

We have a few more slots available for our PlumFresh! Harvest Subscription Program 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!  For more information, please check our website or email us your questions.  If you are ready to sign up, just mail in the registration form.  We are offering only a limited number of subscriptions this season, so get your registration in today!  The program will likely start at the end of April.

More Lovely Lettuce Available!

We still have some tasty lettuce in our hoophouse.  If you are interested in purchasing some, please contact us -- they are available on-farm by appointment only and are $3 per head.

Red oakleaf lettuce

Enjoy the early Equinox.  And Brix says, "Happy Spring!"

A talking Brix

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

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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