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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Welcome November!

Posted 11/6/2015 10:04am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

November brings two challenges for farmers.  The first is the end of daylight savings time -- even though it happens every year, it does always seem to catch us by surprise when it is getting dark at 5 p.m.! 

The second is the weather (isn't it ALWAYS the weather?).  November is always such an unpredictable month weather-wise.  In my head the month is beautiful, sunny and cool -- but in reality, we get a lot of rain.  And this year is no exception.  All this rain makes for challenges in getting the garlic in the ground.  We always want to have it planted by mid-November but it seems the fates conspire against us.  I guess we need to make the best of what we are given (it's great weather for harvesting or organizing!) and enjoy the sunshine when it comes (like Detroit - although we can't exactly lounge around!)

Detroit lounging in the sun

But we do not stand still on rainy, cloudy days -- we are getting our seed ready to go for planting.  We have a nice batch of seed garlic this year -- most of it is ours but we did order some from other organic farms.  Our final order of seed garlic came in this week -- got some beautiful, big bulbs and BB inspected each one!

BB inspecting the seed garlic

BB Update

And speaking of BB, she has finally passed the magic 30-pound mark which signals when we will start weaning her.  Today's weight is 31.6 pounds!

BB is also transitioning to becoming an outdoor lamb.  Ray has been working on a shelter for her-- a simple Quonset-hut style that will be covered with a tarp.  The fencing arrived yesterday and she is starting to get used to the whole idea of NOT touching the fence - that might take a while.  She will also be getting a companion in addition to Brix - her brother will come to live with us in the next week or so!

Setting up the BB shelter  First time in the fence

Mark Your Calendar!

We are getting really excited about our 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday event here at the farm on Saturday, November 28 from 10-4.  We have our list of vendors finalized and it's a great line-up:  Greenberries Farm, Jewelry by Wonder/Tree of Life Crafts, MW Herbs, Truffles NC, Farmgirl Arts and Rail Fence Farm.  Even Gesti is getting in the spirit for the event!

Gesti with her Small Business Saturday bandanna

Help Wanted!  We are looking for a few volunteers to help us put new plastic on our greenhouse.  We anticipate taking care of that task on Thursday, November 19 in the morning. If you are interested in helping, send us a note at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com.  We need about 10 people for a couple of hours.

Market Updates

We had a great time at Cobblestone Halloween last week -- we even decided to go in costume!  And we had a great visitor at our tent -- a beautiful Golden Retriever with the same costume idea as us!

Ray and the Golden Bee

Even though the weather forecast isn't great for tomorrow, we will be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon).  Our tables will be brimming with goodness!  We'll have even more Sweet Potatoes (Garnet, Covington, Sweetie Pie and Stokes Purple).  There will be lots of greens (Senposai, Kale, Swiss Chard, Pac Choy, & Tatsoi) for your stir-fry and salads.  We'll also have Salad Mix and FriseéIn the garlic department, we are restocked with Garlic Powder & Granules and have garlic sampler bags and still have good supply of most of our garlic -- although some varieties are running out.  We are getting near the end of the crop for our Baby Ginger. There will also be Green Beans, Kohlrabi, Fresh & Roasted Green Chile, and Aji Dulce (sweet habanero) peppers -- all Certified Organic.  And don't forget our tasty jam -- Old Fashioned Raspberry is back!  Come on out and support your local farmers!

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. Friday evening.

On Wednesday, please take a moment to remember our veterans and say a word of thanks. Both Ray and Cheryl's fathers were part of the Greatest Generation, serving their country during World War II. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our veterans.  Thank you for your service!

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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