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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Springing Garlic & Plants!

Posted 4/23/2015 11:11am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Thursday! 

Wow!  As Ray says, "it's like being shot out of a cannon!"  Yep, that pretty much sums up this week (and next, and next...). With the beginning of the market season, our schedules take on a new rhythm and intensity.  We are governed by the absolutes of our market and restaurant delivery days and must work everything else around it.  Gets to be a high wire balancing act at times!  Thank goodness for lists!

Opening days for both markets were terrific!  The crowd-counters at Cobblestone Old Salem Market said that we had nearly 3,500 shoppers and at the King Farmers Market we had well over 150 folks coming through.  Great way to begin the season -- thanks to all of you who came out and supported local farms!

In addition to market prep, we've started our ginger planting process.  When finished, we should have around 300 bags of ginger and turmeric in the greenhouse and under shadecloth outside.  The task this week was to get the coir (coconut husks) fluffed and mixed with fertilizer and to sanitize and fill the grow bags.  We hope to get some of the ginger planted today before we fall into the market/plant sale vortex!  Here's Chris & Ray setting up the bags and the view of the greenhouse with some of the filled bags in place:

 Ray & Chris setting up ginger bags  Ginger bags ready for planting

More field planting is underway - new artichokes are filling in the holes from last year's crop and more kale, chard and radicchio is going into the field. On the fruit front, things are looking promising!  Some of the strawberries are beginning to show some color and the Ouachita blackberries are starting to flower!  Won't be too much longer but keep your fingers crossed on the weather - may have to cover the strawberries again tonight!

Ripening strawberry    Ouachita blackberry flowers

Don't forget our Open Greenhouse and Plant Sale on Sunday, April 26 from 1-5 p.m.  From the comments we've heard, we are expecting a good turnout!  Lots of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, eggplant, plus 4-packs of chard, kale, lettuce, pac choi and sunflowers!  There will also be blackberry and black raspberry plants, strawberry hanging baskets, ginger and turmeric plant starts!  We'll also have organic soil amendments for sale.  Here is Jen getting labels in a few of the many plants we'll have for sale.    Jen tagging plants in greenhouse

Final Call!  Allium Adventure Club!

Registrations are due by Monday, April 27!  Don't miss this tasty adventure into the Land of Allium.  For more information and a registration form, click here.

Allium Adventure Club logo

What's on Our Table at Market?

Just a reminder of the times of market:  Cobblestone is 9-noon and King is 11-1.  We'll have lots of fresh Spring favorites on our tables!  There will be asparagus (green & purple), Spring garlic, salad mix, cilantro, baby kale, White Russian kale bunches, purple iris bouquets, garlic powder and granules, and tomato and pepper transplants -- all Certified Organic!  We'll also have our full assortment of jams (and samples).

Spring garlic at market  

Today is "Take Your Daughter or Son to Work Day."  Our furry four-footed kids work with us everyday so we're not sure what we are supposed to do.  Take them on vacation?

Up-close view of 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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