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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Welcome Fall Edition

Posted 9/26/2014 3:58pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The Equinox is behind us and we are now steadily moving into Fall.  And what a bracing start it's been!  We have been scrambling to dig out the sweatshirts and jackets as the morning temps have hovered in the mid-50s (and never crawled much beyond 65 several days!).  But I am sure we will have more balmy, sunny days ahead -- those beautiful days of Indian Summer!

It is interesting to notice how things change though during the course of a year if you pay attention.  Earlier in the summer, the morning air was filled with a chorus of bird songs -- an entire symphony of bird music from sparrows, cardinals, finches, mockingbirds and more.  It is much quieter now.  As the birds ready themselves for migration and winter, I suppose they have less time for song.

We've also been busying ourselves with winter prep as we work on raised beds for kale, lettuce, onions and chard.  Here are some photos showing the rolling out of the plastic for the beds, covering the edges of the fabric with the Cub and the final shot -- these nice beds in Daddy's Garden are all ready for planting!

 

Rolling out the plastic cover in Daddy's Garden  Covering the edges of the fabric wiht the Cub    All ready for planting

Today was a special day at the farm.  We were asked by Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of Temple Emanuel to host the congregation's second day of Rosh Hashanah.  This is the Year of Shmita/Release and Sabbatical and they wanted to spend some time on a farm to learn how we care for the earth and the importance of letting the land heal.  We had a wonderful ceremony at the lower pond and we finished the day picking muscadine grapes and planting radishes.  Thank you so much for your visit, Temple Emanuel!  Happy New Year!

 

Temple Emanuel members planting radishes in the demo garden 

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? Old Salem market customers -- we'll be back with our roaster and Sweet Italian Roasting Peppers and we will roast them for you on-site for FREE!  Just follow your nose to our purple tent!  Samples too!

Yes!  We still have tomatoes!  The 500+ pound harvests are a memory but we will have LOTS of 'em at market!  We'll be bringing back the heirloom Valencia tomato as our feature this week. A beautiful tomato with a great taste!

Valencia tomatoes

We'll also have those delicious Striped Romans, heirloom slicers, quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes, and pints of Red Pearl and mixed fruit tomatoes.  We were able to get a few more snap green beans (Rattlesnake Pole)!  As usual, there will be lots of garlic -- Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, Spanish Roja (last week!), and Lorz Italian -- as well as Aji Dulce (the sweet habanero) and shishito peppers, and okra (green & burgundy), -- all Certified Organic!  And better hurry to get your Garlic Scape Pesto -- this will likely be the last week!  In the Jam Department, we are all stocked up! 

And don't forget our certified organic strawberry plants.  Chandler and Sweet Charlie are available in 4-packs -- fall is strawberry planting time!

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.

Saturday is Johnny Appleseed Day.  The day honors one of America's great legends -- a real person born on September 26, 1774. John Chapman was captivated by the movement west and as traveled, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.

Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

Growing Garlic at Home!

People ask us all the time about how to grow garlic.  Here's your chance to learn from our 11+ years experience of growing this essential crop.  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  Register now for our Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop.  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 13 from 2-5 -- just in time for planting. The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. To register, use our online form.

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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