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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Wild Ride Week!

Posted 2/6/2015 10:22am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Thanks so much for all the well-wishes for Ray!  Your kind notes and gifts of homemade nourishment have been greatly appreciated.  Ray continues to make progress although the physical therapy is a painful but necessary chore.

Yes, this week has been quite a wild ride!  The winds have been whipping through the farm with great fury nearly every day.  As we were working on seed planning on Monday afternoon, we happened to notice that the plastic on the hoop house was flapping in the wind.  Oh no!!!!!

We hopped in the truck and ran over to survey the damage, and it wasn't good.  The plastic had a large rip on the back side.  Wiggle-wire and the metal channels that are supposed to hold them (and the plastic covering) were strewn around both inside and outside the house.  Ray and I tried to see if we could pull the plastic down so that it could be reattached, but it was impossible with the wind load.  The plastic was roaring in the wind -- it felt as we were trying to hold on to the sail of a ship in the midst of a squall.  We had to scream at each other to be heard in the cacophony.

Raz House flapping in the wind

There was no point trying to fix it -- so we gave up.  Fetched additional row covers to keep the frisée alive and moved on to deal with all the wind damage to other coverings to the well and low tunnels.  What a major bummer.

The good news is that we have amazing friends that came to the rescue.  On a bright and beautiful (and mostly calm) Wednesday, 8 wonderful volunteers along with our great staff, Chris and Jen, got the house re-covered in record time.  It takes a lot of hands to pull a piece of plastic that is 48' x 45' over a hoop house that is 12' tall.  We had everything ready for our volunteers -- the torn plastic was removed and ropes to pull the plastic were in places.  When they arrived, we were off!  Hopefully the pictures give you a sense of our accomplishment.

Jen reattaching the wiggle wire channels    Chris tossing the rope over the house    Cutting the plastic    Pulling up the plastic    Holding down the side

Matt & Chris attach roof    Nearing the end    Chris and Glen finish the job

The happy crew    Finished Raz House

We are ever so grateful to our friends that came to our aid. Friends helping friends -- that's the way it should be.

 

New vendor for Valentine's Market

In the midst of all this excitement, we are still preparing for our big Valentine's Day Holiday Market on Saturday, February 14 from 10-2! This event will be held in the greenhouse at the farm.  We will be joined by four other vendors:  BeNutty Bakes and Butters, Greenberries Farm, author Susan Williamson with her two books (a cozy mystery and a thriller), and a new vendor, bead genius Carol Carroll of Mistletoe Holler!

There will be all kinds of gifts for your sweetie -- fragrant paperwhites, potted herbs, jams, yummy baked goods, gourmet peanut butters, handmade wine cork birdhouses and trivets, framed farm art prints on canvas, farm-fresh eggs (Ray's favorites - from Deb, the chicken-whisperer), beaded jewelry (would pearls or crystals be just the thing for your sweetie?), and even a great read full of mystery and romance....

I wish you could smell these....

Beautiful paperwhite narcissus

We hope you will enjoy International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day tomorrow -- although with morning temps in the 'teens, I think we might pass.

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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