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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Winter Wonderland!

Posted 1/19/2018 4:45pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Brix says, "Do you know what today is?"  It's National Popcorn Day!  She's sniffing the air in hopes of scoring a handful of the fluffy white treat.  Don't you think today is a good day for a big bowl of popcorn?

Meanwhile, we are watching the snow melt away from the first snow of the year.  It was far from Snowpocalypse  -- we only got about 4 inches but had some drifts that were much deeper as a result of heavy winds.  Have a look at the farm under a fluffy blanket of snow...

       

The snow really changes the critters' behavior.  BB loves the snow -- she was laying outside her hutch all day on Wednesday as the flakes came down.  I thought she was a snow drift until I saw her mouth move!  Meanwhile, Tony stayed snug inside.  Brix's paths change a lot.  Normally she wanders every corner of the pasture but since the snow, she hasn't set hoof in the front pasture along Flat Shoals.  Maybe she wants to stay near her shelter since we've been feeding her more hay!  Smart donkey!

One of my favorite things about snow is how it reveals nature so clearly.  In today's walk, I could see where exactly the cats go and how the deer move through the farm.  No matter how stealthy we are, in snow we are no longer able to pass through unnoticed. 

Coming Attractions!

Since today is National Popcorn Day, we popped up a big ol' bowl and have been doing LOTS of planning!  Here are some of the events that we have up our sleeves for the coming season:

  • March (date TBD)    Ginger and Turmeric Workshop
  • April 7                      Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem starts
  • April 22 & 29            Open Greenhouse & Plant Sale
  • May 13                     Mother's Day Strawberry Pick Your Own (PYO)
  • June 24                    4th Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour
  • July 4                       Annual July 4th Blackberry PYO
  • October 14               Growing Great Garlic at Home Workshop
  • October (date TBD)  Fall Festival & Pumpkin PYO
  • November 24           Small Business Saturday Holiday market

Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details!  We hope to do several blackberry PYOs -- our Monday evening twilight events were popular last year!  And we are likely to add another workshop or two.  Of course, things like Pick Your Owns are subject to fruit availability and weather...

That does it for this week's news!  There are lots of activities this weekend -- Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market begins on Saturday at 9 and the Old Salem/Slow Food Piedmont Seed Swap is Saturday at 11.  Just a few things to shake off the winter blues and get us dreaming about Spring!  

And in answer to last week's question, "So what DO farmers do in the winter?,"  they bundle up a lot and take food and water out to their animals!  And yes, Ray IS smiling!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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