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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Welcome November Edition

Posted 11/7/2014 10:48am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The winds of November are blowing in garlic!  Well, at least blowing in the need for us to get the garlic organized, cracked and ready for planting.  We always try to have it in the ground by Thanksgiving so we have a lot of work left to do. 

When you have nearly 20,000 bulbs at harvest, it takes a lot of organization to keep things straight.  When we harvest garlic, we grade it for size and set aside the largest bulbs for seed.  This week we have been spending a lot of time checking the seed for quality as well as going through what's left of the smaller garlic to determine what we will plant and what can go to market.  It is a very painstaking and slow process.  Lists, paper, markers and tags (and patience) are essential tools in this process (and maybe some tea and a bagel).

Garlic planting planning

It's always a bit sad at this time of year when we are clearing the barns of garlic -- it gets so empty!!  Remember this?

Net full of garlic

Well, it now looks like this:

Net with no garlic

And the barn is empty of all hanging garlic except what we'll be using for braids:

Empty barn loft

A sad -- but necessary -- sign of the season.

Another sign of the season is getting the greenhouse and the hoop house ready for winter.  Since we have the hoop house full of nice, tender plants, we need to make sure that it is as free of drafts as possible since it has no heat source except for the sun.  We closed up the vents in the top of the house to make sure that as much warm air as possible stays in -- so far it's working pretty well!  We still have some tomatoes for market!

Covering the vent in Raz House

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 29 from 10-4 for our Holiday Open Greenhouse event on Small Business Saturday.  We have partnered with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery to promote the event at both of our farms.  There will be vendors at both locations to share their local products for your Holiday giving!  More details next week!

Small Business Saturday Save the Date

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be back at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  Thanks for your understanding of us not being there last week. What will you find on our tables?  Yes, there's still garlic!  But -- a word of warning -- we are starting to run out of several varieties so you'd better stock up!   There will be Garlic Powder and Garlic Granules (Spanish Roja, Inchelium Red, Nootka & Music), Culinary garlic -- Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, German Red, Lorz Italian, Bogatyr and Nootka Rose -- and garlic braids.

Those yummy LaRatte Fingerling potatoes will be there in bunches!  And the first of our tasty Sweet Potatoes (Ginseng & Sweetie Pie).  There will be Aji Dulce peppers (the sweet habanero) -- try a taste of our Aji Dulce Sauce -- a zesty and bright Puerto Rican sauce that just begs to go with chicken, beans or pork -- and even chips!  We'll have kits with all the makings and a simple recipe.  We'll even have some Tomatoes, jalapeños , artichokes and swiss chard.  In the Jam Department, we are all stocked up! 

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.

On Tuesday, 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.

Until our next edition,

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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