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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Tomato Tornado!

Posted 8/15/2014 1:36pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

Foggy farm scene  The view across the old pasture on Tuesday

Wow!  What a week it has been!  Five days of rain followed by amazing, almost fall-like weather!  It is SO good to see the sun again -- I really don't think I could make it in a very rainy, cloudy environment (one of the reasons Ray and I decided not to relocate to Seattle several years ago -- and chose Albuquerque!!)  Nonetheless, the rain was most welcome and it should really kick things into gear.  We just hope that it will be good plant development instead of disease....we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Sunny farm scene  The same view today

What's been happening this week on the farm?  TOMATOES!  Boy do we have a bumper crop!  Our church in Albuquerque used to do an event each July called "Tomato Tornado" where we would try to get as many cans of tomatoes donated as possible for the local food bank.  And we did a great job -- thousands of cans were collected and we had great fun with it (ask me some day about Beaudreaux and Thibideaux).  Well anyway....Plum Granny Farm is having our own Tomato Tornado of a different kind!  We've got LOTS of yummy tomatoes!  And YOU can help us with that! 

Tomatoes in the milk house  Tomatoes in our storage room - the old milkhouse complete with air conditioner.

We are having our first ever Tomato Pick Your Own event on Sunday, August 17 from 2-4 p.m.  We'd like to share our bounty with you!  We have all kind of tomatoes from cherry, grape, roma-type to big ol' slicers -- in a rainbow of colors!  These yummy certified organic tomatoes are only 75 cents per pound.  Come on out to the farm and have some fun!  We'll also have our other farm products available for sale as well.

Danielle eating a tomatoHere's my grand-niece, Danielle, enjoying a tomato just her size!

And in other tomato news, our "Suzanne" was named the Best Tasting Tomato at the King Farmers Market on Wednesday by both the celebrity judges and the votes of market goers!  It is a beautiful red cherry tomato that is a tasty treat for sure!

Suzanne cherry tomatoes in a box

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  On Wednesday, we'll be at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables?  Tomatoes!  Green Beans!  Yes, we'll have more snap green beans (Jade), French filet-type beans (Maxibel, Coban & Tavera), and romano type beans (Pension and Dragon Tongue)!  We'll also have lots of Certified Organic Garlic (Music, Red Toch, Chesnok, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Metechi), baby artichokes, lots of Shishito peppers , lots of okra (green & burgundy), tomato fruit boxes, heirloom slicing tomatoes, Salsa Verde kits, potatoes (LaRatte fingerlings and German Butterball), swiss chard (little bit), pesto, jams and MORE! 

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.

Only two more weeks left to celebrate National Picnic Month -- better hurry! Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

Plant Your Victory Garden Now!

Interested in planting your Covid-19 Victory Garden?  Plum Granny Farm is happy to help!  We'll be holding our 7th annual Spring Plant Sale the first weekend in May.   Four terrific days to find those perfect plants for your own Victory Garden – Friday, May 1 (10-4), Saturday, May 2 (10-4), Sunday, May 3 (1-4) and Monday, May 4 (10-3). 

On Friday and Saturday, we will reserve the first 2 hours of the plant sale to seniors and those at-risk.  We will also have procedures in place to ensure adequate social distancing such as limiting the number of people in the greenhouse at any time, asking visitors to bring and wear masks and maintaining 6' spacing in checkout lines, etc. Other preventive measures will be in place as well for hand sanitation, etc. 

Hundreds of plants will be available!  For a complete list, please click here.

PlumFresh Registration Is Open NOW!

Sign-ups for our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program have begun.  This program is our own twist on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  It is flexible and customizable -- and you don't have to pay for the entire season upfront.  Click here for more information!  Ready to sign up now?  Click here!

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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