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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Talk Like a Pirate Day Edition

Posted 9/19/2014 10:03am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 

Ahoy Mateys!  Happy Friday!

Yes, it's National Talk Like a Pirate Day and we jes' couldn't help but getting in on the fun.

Avast!  This morning we are quite confused (pirates can be, you know!).  Weather.com and Accu-Weather both say that it is not raining....but it is pouring.  I've heard of heavy fog, but this is ridiculous! Arrr!

There is a touch of fall in the air and with Equinox on Monday, we are starting to sense the days getting shorter.  The dogwoods are telling us that we don't need to look at a calendar to know the same thing...

Red dogwood tree berries

We took advantage of a cool, moist morning yesterday to spend time in the potatoes to get them thoroughly weeded and cultivated.  Wow, they are looking good!

Ray and Chris working on the potatoes  Freshly cultivated potato field  Baby LaRatte potatoes  Potato flower

This coming week we'll start planting more of our fall crops (onions, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, beets and more) and get the beds shaped and covered for strawberries.  Ray spread leaves this week for the new strawberry field.  Those little plants will be tucked in the ground in soon!

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  On Wednesday, find us at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables? Old Salem market customers can look forward to sampling freshly roasted peppers this week!  Our sweet Italian Roasting Peppers will be available and we will roast them for you on-site for FREE!  The delicious aroma will waft throughout the market -- so just follow your nose to our purple tent!

Chile roaster

Even though many of our colleagues have pulled out their tomato plants, we still have LOTS of 'em!  We'll be featuring the beautiful and fruity Blush tomato.  This was the 3rd place tie in the Winston-Salem Journal Tomato Tasting this summer and is a real treat.  Come have a taste of one of our new favorites!

Blush tomatoes

We'll also have those delicious Striped Roman and Valencias, heirloom slicers, quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes, and pints of Red Pearl and Suzanne.  This will be the last week for snap green beans (Jade & Rattlesnake Pole) and French filet-type beans (Coban & Tavera).  There will be as usual lots of garlic -- Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, Spanish Roja (last week!), and Lorz Italian -- as well as Aji Dulce (the sweet habanero) and shishito peppers, okra (green & burgundy), and garlic chives (small amount) -- all Certified Organic!  Our delicious Garlic Scape Pesto was a hit last week and it will be back.  In the Jam Department, we are all stocked up!  Aye, aye!

And don't forget our certified organic strawberry plants.  Chandler and Sweet Charlie are available in 4-packs -- fall is strawberry planting time!

As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.

Enjoy the Autumn Equinox at 10:29 p.m. on Monday!

Arrr! That's it, Mateys!  Until our next edition,

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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