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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Welcome BB!

Posted 8/28/2015 9:14am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

What a gorgeous few days we've been having!  Really gets us to thinking about the fall days ahead and all of the things that need to get done before the official start of autumn!  I was really reminded of that yesterday as I read Chris Blanchard's Purple Pitchfork blog.  He said that a day's difference in planting in the fall is equal to a week's difference in the spring.  This is because day length begins to shorten at the same time the high temperatures reduce. As a result, plant growth begins to decelerate, and that deceleration has a cumulative effect.  So many times in farming we feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland -- running around with our pocket watch and frantically crying, "I'm late!  I'm late!" 

In our repertory of tasks that we juggle, we have a new addition -- a very small addition!  Say "Hello" to BB, the latest member of Team Plum Granny!

BB and Ray

BB (aka Black Beauty and Celia) is a tiny Icelandic-Finnsheep cross bottle baby.  She came to us from Laura Frazier, farmer & owner of FarmGirl Arts.  BB was born premature and is just like an infant -- she requires feeding every 3 hours -- guess now we know why we didn't have kids!  Ray agreed to be the lead with BB (while Cheryl is trying to learn Donkey) -- it's great how we share responsibilities!  BB is currently living in a large dog crate in the bathroom - with lots of time outside.  In about a month, we'll be able to move her outside permanently.  But she has to get a lot bigger -- she's just over 5 pounds now! Laura has kindly agreed to take care of her while we are at our tent at market, so stop by the FarmGirl Arts booth at the top of the Cobblestone Old Salem Market and say "hi" to BB and Laura!

BB helps weed the flower bed  Ray feeding BB her bottle  Every where that Ray went the lamb was sure to go  BB's indoor barn stall

Take Me Out to the Ballgame...

Team Plum Granny had a reunion of sorts on Sunday evening with Cheryl, Ray, Chris & Summer met up with Jen & Bea at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game.  It was great to catch up with Jen and hear about her new life in Mebane/Durham.  And we got to see Miss Babe Ruth (the Grasshoppers' Bat-Dog) before she heads into retirement and topped it off with a Grasshoppers win!

Chris and Summer with the Grasshopper   Miss Babe Ruth heading back to the dugout The Plum Granny Farm gang at the Grasshoppers

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). Our famous Garlic Scape Pesto is back!  We will also have lots of cured garlic (Red Toch, Music, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Lahontan along with Elephant Garlic),   Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes, Saladettes, slicers and paste tomatoes), along with a few containers of Shishito Peppers, Okra and Muscadines -- all Certified Organic.  This will likely be the last week for our Organic LaRatte fingerling potatoes, Concord Grapes, Summer Pippin Apples and French Red Shallots.  And our jams are quickly disappearing -- we have Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Cranberry and Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter remaining!

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).

Enjoy the Full Moon tomorrow and savor the last days of Summer!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Elves at Work! 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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