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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Sunday Farm Tour and PYO

Posted 7/10/2015 8:19am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

It's Blackberry Summer here at the farm!  Blackberries, blackberries, BLACKBERRIES!!  Our Triple Crown berries are really outdoing themselves this year - both in terms of production and flavor.  Lots of people are getting their first taste of a REAL blackberry -- sweet, juicy and amazing -- and they keep coming back for more!  We'll have lots of berries at market this week and will be hosting another Pick-Your-Own on Sunday with our farm tour (more info below).

Last Sunday's PYO was terrific -- nearly 20 parties picked 110 pounds of fruit!  And pickers ranged in age from about 18 months to well, we won't say!  Check out these cuties before they got to taste the berries -- they were a bit more purple after being in the field!

Cute kids at pick your own blackberry day

We have been getting things done around here in addition to blackberries.  The peppers and tomatillos went into the field (better late than never!) and we got work done on the ginger and turmeric.  The garlic field has been cleared, disked and fertilized and is almost ready for the sweet potatoes, okra, pumpkins and winter squash.

Chris checking Ray's dibbling for peppers

We had some help with a few of the tasks on Wednesday when a group of youth from the YMCA Camp Hanes' Leadership-in-Training (LIT) program visited the farm.  They helped fertilize and hill the ginger and turmeric in the greenhouse and moved some of the turmeric to its new outside home (thanks Matt & Chris for leading this task!).  They also harvested strawberry tips and planted them in seed trays (the beginning of the 2016 strawberry crop!).  Oh, and they also got to pick some....BLACKBERRIES to take back to camp!  Thanks so much to Alex, Addie and the LIT crew for including us in your adventures!

Planting strawberry tips    LIT campers with their handiwork

Farm Tour!!

One of our big tasks this week is to get ready for Sunday's Northern Triad Farm Tour.  The farm is far from perfectly manicured and lush but visitors will still get a chance to see what an organic, working farm is like in the middle of summer -- a bit weedy, dry and in-between crops but there will still be lots to see -- like BLACKBERRIES!  We'll be doing both walking tours and a hayride tour of the place.  A tour is a great opportunity to ask questions of the farmers that you might not normally have time to do at market -- bring us your questions!

Just a reminder that the tour is Sunday, July 12 from 1-5 p.m. In addition to us, there are 4 other farms in Forsyth, Stokes and Surry Counties:  Buffalo Creek Farm & Creamery in Germanton, Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve in Westfield, Truffles NC at Keep Your Fork Farm in King and Yellow Wolf Farm in Walkertown.  This free tour gives you a chance to go behind the scenes of 5 very diverse farms.  In addition to the guided tours here, we'll have pick-your-own BLACKBERRIES, snowcones, seed planting and more!  For more information check out our Facebook page or get directions here.  We will also have flyers at market.  Spread the word!  Here's a scene from last year's tour:

Planting sunflower seeds at last year's Farm Tour

Market Updates

Find us under the purple tent at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (NOTE:  Hours go back to normal this week -- 9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA (Wednesday, 11-1). There will be lots of Blackberries, Fresh Garlic, French Red Shallots, lots of Tomatoes, and Swiss Chard -- all Certified Organic!  We will also have our gorgeous Stargazer Oriental Lilies - a bouquet on a stick! 

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).

And -- in case you missed it -- today is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day (I know, how did you miss that date in bold on your calendar?!)  So grab your favorite bear and head out under the shade or twilight for a tasty picnic.  Summertime living at its best!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Elves at Work! Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

We've been really jammin' so now 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 or at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market.


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