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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Strawberry PYO on Monday evening

Posted 5/15/2015 9:48am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

Another incredibly beautiful week here at the farm!  So many things are blooming and bursting to life!  Check out all of the wild blackberries -- almost like snow -- and the amazing peonies!

Wild blackberries behind bee hive       Peonies in the front yard

Strawberries!  Strawberries have been on our minds (and hands!) a lot this week!  The berries have been a huge hit at markets and with restaurants -- no surprise since they are so good!  We also got a nice boost about the berries in the media this week.  Thanks to Michael Hastings at the Winston-Salem Journal for featuring us in his great article on strawberries Wednesday. In case you missed it, here's a link.  Cheryl's grandniece is even a big fan -- here she is after eating a huge chocolate-covered one at market last week:

Danielle and Ray

So here's the deal:  Our Mother's Day PYO was a huge success with 105 pounds of berries going home with folks -- we were picked clean!  The field has been trying to recover from the heavy picking and hasn't really produced as much ripe fruit this week.  In addition, the Sweet Charlie variety is in its mid-season slump (it will pick back up again around the end of the month).  So we are going to postpone having another PYO until Monday, May 18 from 4-6 p.m. to give the plants an opportunity to catch up with demand!  We hate turning people away at our fields but we only have 3,000 plants and they can only produce so much!

Boxes of strawberries headed to market

Other farm doings this week have included cultivating and hilling the potatoes, and lots of weeding.  The potatoes are looking really good!  We are trying to reduce the number of huge weeds in the aisles of the lettuce, kale and other veggies so we are experimenting with putting row cover down in the aisle to smother some of the weeds -- we'll let you know how it goes!  Next week we will plant tomatoes, tomatillos, some peppers and okra and basically try to get the greenhouse cleared out. 

Ray hilling the potatoes in Terrace 2   Row cover as weed barrier

Market Updates

We'll have a nice looking table this week!  This will be the first week for the long-awaited garlic scapes!  If you haven't tried these delights, make sure you grab a bunch along with a recipe for our yummy White Bean Dip! Good thing that Chris eats his Wheaties, with all of the scapes we'll be hauling out of the field!

Chris with the first scapes

There will be asparagus (green & purple--last week), strawberries (Limit 2 quarts per customer),  salad mix (2 types -- mixed lettuce and lettuce-frissé-wild spinach-edible flower blend), beets, baby kale, White Russian kale bunches, sugar snap peas (a few), baby pac choy, Lamb's Quarters Gratin Kit, garlic granules, along with basil, pepper and herb transplants, and blackberry and black raspberry plants -- all Certified Organic!  We'll also have our full assortment of tasty jams.

Make plans now to celebrate "No Dirty Dishes Day" on Monday.  You'll be able to find a lot of tasty treats to eat out of hand at market or our pick-your-own to get you set for the day!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

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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