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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Welcome Fall!

Posted 9/25/2015 10:58am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Welcome to Autumn!  It seems that she packed her bags with clouds and rain -- of the past 6 days, 5 have been either cloudy or rainy!

Rainy morning at the farm

It has been nice this summer to not have to worry about the rain interfering with harvest, plowing or other farm tasks.  Yes, the drought has been hard -- our pond is at its lowest level in quite some time -- but continuous sunny days have been delightful!  But for now, we'll don our rain gear and do what needs to be done.

Clearing a trench at the Tobacco Barn for rain

The cloudy, rainy days have been a boon for planting.  Got more lettuce and chard planted in Flat Shoals and will be adding more kale early next week.  The harvest drum continues its beat too -- beans, beans & beans!  We are also starting to get the first of the pickling cucumbers in as well as some snow peas.

We started an early harvest of the ginger and turmeric today.  We had hoped to take both to market this week but the turmeric just isn't ready yet.

Harvesting turmeric  Ray pointing to the baby turmeric which is underdeveloped

We did get some nice white and yellow baby ginger and we'll have that on our tables this week!

Baby ginger

BB Update

Our little lamb keeps growing!  She weighed in at 16 lbs. this morning -- little fat piggy!  She is developing her browsing instincts and is quite fond of ivy (yes, little lambs DO eat ivy!) and bean plants.  BB has a new friend as well.  A feral kitten appeared in the yard on Sunday night and we were able to get it sheltered in a crate.  This kitten (gender still unknown) is incredibly wild but it seems to really like BB.  The lion (cub) will lay down with the lamb, I guess!

  BB and the Kitten

Given tomorrow's weather forecast, BB will NOT be at Cobblestone.  She is now on an 8-hour feeding schedule so she can be at the farm while we are at market. Don't worry, we will bring her back to Cobblestone at least once more to Laura Frazier's FarmGirl Arts booth!

Garlic Growing Workshop

Just two more weeks until our hands-on garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 11 from 2-5.  We've had lots of interest in the event so get your registration in soon!  Attendance is limited to 15 people.

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). With the forecast of rain for Saturday, we won't have our roaster but we will have samples of our veggie green chile stew to warm you up!  If you buy a bag of chile, we'll give you the recipe.  We'll also have lots of green beans (Jade round pod, haricot verts, Rattlesnake pole, Romano-type, and beautiful cream & purple-streaked Dragon Tongue - pictured below).   This will be the last week for our tasty Muscadines and Scuppernong Grapes.  We will also have lots of cured garlic along with Okra, Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Roasted Green Chile, Pickling Cucumbers, Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes and a few slicers and paste tomatoes), Kale, Swiss Chard, Snow Peas (few) and Shishito Peppers (few)-- all Certified Organic.

Dragon Tongue Romano Beans

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).

Stay warm & dry!  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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