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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- The Donkey Days of August

Posted 8/21/2015 8:44am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

It was great to be back at market -- our customers have become true friends and we missed seeing you!  It's always great to catch up a bit and to hear about your adventures.  Thanks for sharing your stories with us!

It's been a busy week both on and off the farm!  On Monday, Cheryl attended the on-farm portion of a Cut Flower Workshop sponsored by Chatham County Cooperative Extension.  Debbie Roos, the Chatham Extension Agent, organizes fabulous programs and we have taken advantage of several of them.  This one was no exception.  We were hosted by Cathy Jones of Perry-winkle Farm in Graham and were treated to the opportunity of seeing her farm and beautiful flowers (plus veggies!).  Leah Cook of Wild Hare Farm was the other grower leading the workshop.  It is always so inspiring to see what other farmers are doing and to get ideas!  Expect to see more flowers on our table next year!

Cathy Jones demonstrating how to cut sunflowers  Visitors admiring the gomphrena at Pery-winkle Farm

The rain this week has been a godsend.  We've had lots of issues with our pump at the pond (fixed now, we hope!), so having the addition of rainfall has been a true blessing.  It's helped us do more planting -- lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, cilantro and more plants are now in the ground and the greenhouse is filling up with more freshly seeded trays.

Matt & Chris planting kale  Chris planting lettuce in Rhubarb Bed  New salad plot in Demo Garden

Rainy afternoons bring some interesting things -- like rainbows and muddy donkeys!

Rainbow over farm  Muddy Brix

Looking ahead, those green beans are looking good -- LOTS of flowers!  And do you see the tiny green bean?

Jade Snap Beans

In addition to all the seed trays, the greenhouse is a major hub of Baby Ginger and Turmeric activity!  Here is Ray doing a check of the yellow ginger -- looks like it is ready to hill again!  And Cheryl is trying to see how she measures up to the turmeric.

Ray and ginger  Baby ginger in grow bag   Cheryl and the turmeric

Market Updates

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). We will have Organic LaRatte fingerling and German Butterball potatoes and cured garlic (Red Toch, Music, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Lahontan along with Elephant Garlic).  There will be lots of French Red Shallots, Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes, Saladettes, slicers and paste tomatoes), Concord Grapes, Summer Pippin Apples and hopefully some Muscadines -- all Certified Organic!  And FOUR varieties of jam!

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).

This week we say farewell to Jake Chesnet as he heads back to school.  Jake has been helping us this summer - we gave him lots of opportunities to work on his pitching arm as he worked in the field!  Jake is a Junior at North Stokes High School (and is a great baseball player!) Good luck in school, Jake -- hope to see you next summer!

Jake farewell

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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