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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Welcome December!

Posted 12/2/2016 1:07pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy December!

Rain, glorious rain! Yes, we finally got some desperately needed moisture this week.  A nice rain over a couple days -- .8 will help our garlic and other overwintered crops immensely!

As much as we needed the rain, we were very grateful that it did NOT come on Saturday!  A beautiful day was in store for our Small Business Saturday Holiday Market and it was a HUGE success!  Lots of folks (~350-400) from around the Triad (and beyond) came to the farm to kick off the Holiday Season by shopping small!  We really appreciate everyone who came out to show some love to small businesses!  Our vendors were terrific:  Greenberries Farm, Truffles NC, Mystic Wolf's Den, KanoKano Studio, Mount Olive Elementary School, Bunny's Trees, Bill and Jeanne Talich (Bill Talich Photography), and La Vie en Rose Food Truck!  Thanks to each of them for making the day fantastic!  Take a look at some of the photos (thanks to our terrific volunteer, Kirsten Dowell for taking pictures and handling the Christmas tree concession):

Jane and customer  Big crowd in the greenhouse  Food truck was popularBill's Barns calendars and cards  Mitsui of KanoKano is ready with her jewelry  Looking at the okra ornaments

And thanks to your generosity, Mount Olive Elementary raised $610 for its Lion's Den!  That's a lot of okra ornaments!! Thank you so much for your support of this important program!

Lots of Okra Santas

Also a special thanks to Amanda Dodson of The Stokes News for writing a wonderful article on the event.  Check it out!

After trying to put things back together after the Holiday Market, we've been plowing through other things on our to-do list.  Planting garlic is one of the top priorities and we have over 8,000 cloves in the ground.  Yay to Chris for getting most of them planted!  We've been stuck inside getting things ready for our annual Organic Inspection next week.  Chris is THE. BEST. GARLIC. PLANTER. EVER!

Chris planting garlic    Chris' flying fingers planting garlic

Conditions are great for the garlic to begin to sprout -- and that's what they are doing.  Here's the Georgian Crystal garlic that was planted last Wednesday.

Shandong garlic sprouts

This week also marked the clearing of Raz House, our hoop house that has been the home for our tomatoes and so much more this year.  Chris harvested the remaining tomatoes and got all of the plants pulled up -- what a pile of debris for the compost pile!  Seventy-five pounds of tomatoes went to the greenhouse where they can continue to ripen.  And there's also a big pile of snow pea vines for the lambs (BB and Tony offered to go over and take care of them for us, isn't that nice?)

Raz House plant debris  Tomatoes ripening in the greenhouse

We'll be sowing cover crop in the house to build up more nutrients and help prevent disease in the soil.  We want to give it a break from production mode this coming year.

Plum Granny Elves are at Your Service!

If you looking for gifts for the foodie on your list, something edible is always a great choice.  Our jams, garlic braids and gift boxes are ready for giving!  We'll even take care of the hassle of shipping them!  Check out our updated online store and see what we have to offer.  A gift from Plum Granny Farm is always in good taste!

Jam jars

Guess we had better sign off and get back to working on our Organic Growers Plan!  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

 

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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