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Plum Granny Weekly Update -- Last Old Salem Market & Thankfulness

Posted 11/20/2015 10:26am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The sun is out and it's a beautiful day!  Yesterday the clouds and gloom gave way to a clearing sky -- it's always so gorgeous when Cook's Wall starts to break out of the cloud cover and shine through.

Clouds lifting over Cook's Wall

What's Been Going On?:  Our first order of business in the week was our organic inspection on Monday.  Even though we didn't have all of our records as neat and transcribed into electronic files as we would have liked, we were still had it together for our meeting.  The inspector said that our audit was the best one she had ever done -- so I guess we did okay.  Thanks for all of your well wishes!

Once we passed that milestone, it was off to get shallots planted and fields prepped before the rain came in.  We are excited about our shallots -- we have more than doubled our planting this year -- so all of you shallot lovers, keep your fingers crossed!

Shallots ready to be planted

We did get several more beds amended with leaves and fertilizer and shaped for planting.  They are now ready for garlic -- they are quite nice this year.  A far cry from the heavy, sodden (frozen) stuff we planted in for our first couple of crops.  We'll be able to start planting next week!

Ray disking the garlic field  Beds ready for garlic

And our leaf piles are starting to shrink a bit! (Thanks again to all of you leaf-rakers in Winston-Salem!  We LOVE your leaves!)

Shrinking leaf piel

BB Update:  Well, it finally happened -- BB moved outside.  She spent her first night in the pasture on Tuesday and did quite well.  Brix has really connected with her and has determined that taking care of BB is her job.  Just what we wanted!  Although she didn't have a weight gain this week, BB definitely looks a bit different than when we got her in August.

Baby BB  Not so Baby BB

Small Business Saturday is just a week away!!  We are SO excited about our 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday event here at the farm on Saturday, November 28 from 10-4.  We've just added one more vendor -- Chad's Chai.  You'll be able to get great gifts from jam to jewelry, soap to sheep's wool, truffles to tea and cork birdhouses, wreaths and roping and so much more!  Watch for your email next Wednesday with more details about what all of our vendors will be bringing.  You can also check out our Facebook page for more details.  Shop Small, Ya'll!

Small Business Saturday

Market Updates:  Hard to believe, but tomorrow is the LAST day for the Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-noon).  And we've got the goods for your Thanksgiving Feast!  We'll have lots of Sweet Potatoes (Garnet, Covington and Sweetie Pie), lots of green for your side dishes and salads (Salad Mix, Friseé, Senposai, Kale - baby & bunches, Swiss Chard, Pac Choy, & Tatsoi).  For cooking, there's our Powdered Turmeric and our new Powdered Ginger along with fresh Baby Turmeric, Baby Ginger (last of the crop) and Thai Ginger (Galangal).  Here's a hand of the pine-scented Galangal -- an essential for Asian cooking.

Thai Ginger

In the garlic department, we've got Garlic Powder & Granules and Garlic Sampler bags and culinary garlic.  There will also be HorseradishKohlrabi, Fresh & Roasted Green Chile, and Aji Dulce (sweet habanero) peppers - and maybe some green beans.  For hostess and other gifts, we'll have our jams, Jam Gift Boxes, Garlic Lovers Gift Box and Garlic Braids.

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

And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to let you know how thankful we are to you for your business, your encouragement, your cheerfulness and your friendship.  We could not do this thing we call Plum Granny Farm without you -- and we are most grateful.

In appreciation,

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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