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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Tomato Tsunami!

Posted 8/22/2014 12:49pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

Elliot & Chris and tomatoesRemember the Tomato Tornado I told you about last week?  Well, the weather has changed -- it is now a full-fledged Tsunami!  So many gorgeous and flavorful tomatoes!  We have run out of storage in our milkhouse and have taken to using the only air-conditioned room in the farmhouse as additional storage.  I hope most of you don't have to trip over tomato boxes and crates to get to your desk!

The harvests have been huge.  On Wednesday alone, we harvested about 380 pounds from 3 rows (plus about 250 pounds of culls for the compost).  Our pick-your own was a success too with about 150 pounds finding new homes!  What a profusion of tomato-y riches!

We are not complaining.  The abundance is really nice and it is giving us an opportunity to share with some local food pantries and we are stocking up on tomatoes in the freezer.  Due to last summers rains, we only got a few tomato plants in the high tunnel very late in the season.  It feels really good to have this amazing bounty and blessings this year.  We hope you are enjoying it too!

Toamo sandwich

What's been happening this week on the farm?  As most of our attentions have been on tomatoes, we have not been as engaged with other crops.  Mowing has been a big task as we start the process of prepping land for our fall crops.  We are also planning for a new high tunnel -- this one will be a long narrow one that will serve the purpose of our low hoops that we used  for the last few years.  The strawberries are ordered for planting in mid-September.  Raspberries need some TLC and we hope to have them available in a few weeks

Here are a few random photos from the week:

Spider web in tree   Roselle flower  Tall sunflowers  Blackeyed susans in yard

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?  Tomatoes!  Three new tomato-related items:  a Tomato-Tomatillo Gazpacho Kit, 10 pound boxes of canning tomatoes (sauce-types), and quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes.  Plus we'll have snap green beans (Rattlesnake Pole), French filet-type beans (Coban & Tavera), and romano type beans (Pension and Dragon Tongue)!  We'll also have lots of garlic (Music, Red Toch, Chesnok, Purple Italian, and Lorz Italian), baby artichokes (few), Shishito peppers, okra (green & burgundy), tomato fruit boxes, heirloom slicing tomatoes, potatoes (LaRatte fingerlings and German Butterball), swiss chard, and beets (few) -- all Certified Organic!  And don't forget our pesto and jams.  Whew! 

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.

Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!  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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