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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Valentine's Market Edition

Posted 2/13/2015 10:59am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Welcome to crazy, extreme February weather!  From last Sunday's high of 72 to this coming Sunday's predicted low of 10, there's never a dull moment in the weather department!  We are beginning to think that we have been transported to a wind tunnel testing site -- the blow around here has been almost deafening.  The good news is that the cover still is on the hoop house!  Our windspeed  is measured by what we jokingly call our "country anemometer."  It's a metal post with holes in it -- we have a bird feeder mounted on top.  The wind blows through the holes and sing-howls most of the time.  A bit spooky but you get used to it!

Things are still on a bit of a slower schedule here as Ray gets his shoulder back in shape.  But things are still getting done!  On Wednesday, we tackled a task that has been on the list for a while:  replacing the baseboard on the greenhouse.  On an organic farm, you are not allowed to use pressure-treated wood anywhere there is soil contact.  This can be a challenge when you are trying to build things that touch the soil (uh, ...most things!)  When we built the greenhouse 5 years ago, we treated the wood with linseed oil.  That worked for a while but it didn't stand up to the challenges of a greenhouse environment.  We found a product called "PureWood" that is thermally treated in a non-toxic way.  This stuff really lasts!  So Ray was the one-armed advisor as Chris and Jen repaired the south side of the house.  And it looks much better with additional ground cloth to keep the weeds from encroaching in the house.  Take a look:

Jen & Chris work on baseboard        Chris and Jen show off greenhouse

Other things are underway as well.  Seeding has begun in earnest now!  Have over 4500 onions, nearly 400 artichokes, kale, frisée, sorrel and even tomatoes in trays in the "inner sanctum.  And more seeds are on the way!  I love this time of year!

Seed trays in greenhouse

Valentine's Day Market -- TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is the big day!  It's the day for our Valentine's Day Holiday Market from 10-2 in the greenhouse at the farm! We will be joined by four other vendors:  BeNutty Bakes and Butters, Greenberries Farm, author Susan Williamson with her two books (a cozy mystery and a thriller), and bead genius Carol Carroll of Mistletoe Holler!

There will be all kinds of gifts for your sweetie!  Here's what will be on our table:

  • Paperwhite narcissus
  • Windowsill herb gardens
  • Garlic braids
  • Garlic powder and granules
  • Jam (including jam gift boxes)
  • Frisée and lettuce
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Baby Turmeric

We hope you will come out and visit!  The weather is supposed to be sunny and brisk -- but the temperatures will be highest that we'll see for a while!  And we'll be cozy in the greenhouse!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Valentine's Day  -- we definitely LOVE our great customers and friends!

Until next week,

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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