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Springtime Mania!!

Posted 4/21/2010 2:31pm by Cheryl.

It's Spring!  And that means that the farmers at Plum Granny Farm are running around like crazy wishing there were enough hours in the day to get everytihng done.  Or as we say here in Stokes County, we are wide open!  We are adding another acre of raspberries this spring so we are trying to turn a rocky slope that was last planted in tobacco about 6 years ago, into a welcoming environment for raspberries.  A challenge but it can be done! 

In order to prepare the beds, we are cutting the sod off with a sodcutter (not a task for the feeble of body or spirit).  After the sod is cut, we roll it up and remove it, and then we are able to till up the beds and amend them for planting -- sounds simple enough but that requires days of work when you are talking about an acre of land.  So why all the trouble?  Why not just plow the sod under?  Well, all those pieces of grass left in the soil would become weeds.  So we cut it now, or weed it later.  Oh, and the sod is being used to help mitigate some erosion issues that we have here (in NRCS-speak it is "Highly Erodible Land" or HEL).

This new raspberry field is in addition to our original 1/2 acre field that we planted last year.  We are expanding this crop because we had such a tremendous response to our berries last year.  The varieties we are planting this year are based on our farm market surveys or customer favorites -- if you tasted one of our berries last year and gave us your feedback, you were part of the decisionmaking process!  We are planting Heritage, Caroline and Anne (the yellow variety).  In addition to these we are also planting some varieties that will produce earlier and later -- so that we are able to provide you with fresh berries for a longer season.  New blackberries  -- Prime Jim and Prime Jan -- are also being planted to round out our collection of Triple Crown and Navaho, and deliver blackberries in the Fall!

We'll be planting this week -- look for updates and a few pictures soon!

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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