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Posted 4/10/2015 10:43am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

Before we get started with details on the pop-up and other farm doings, we must make an important introduction.  Please meet Brix (nee Bree)!

Cheryl & Brix day 1

Brix is our new donkey (jenny) who came to us from Stacy Martin at Yellow Wolf Farm.  She is a beautiful 7 year-old with a sweet personality and we have been spending the week getting to know each other.  Look for her in the pasture next time you are in the neighborhood!

Besides hanging out with the donkey, we've been hanging out with plants.  Getting ready to plant and planting have been the words of the week.  Potatoes, raspberries, bramble transplants and rhubarb have all been on the list this week.  We got about 450 pounds of potatoes in the field and will finish up with a couple hundred more LaRatte fingerlings next week. Today Ray and Chris are replacing the Joan J red raspberries.  The planting that we did 2 years ago was not producing so we are replacing them with fresh plant stock.  Look for them in late summer!

Chris planting potatoes    Ray covering potatoes   Ray setting out flags for planting

   Planting Joan J

Pop Up Market Tomorrow!

We are still a GO with our on-farm Mini-Market on Saturday, April 11 from 10-noon. There will be asparagus (limited quantity - get here early!), baby kale, daffodil bouquets, pick-your-own tulips and daffodils, garlic powder and granules, and tomato transplants -- all Certified Organic!  We'll also have our full assortment of jams.  It's supposed to be a beautiful day -- so take a drive up to Stokes County for some super fresh produce and to welcome the newest Plum Granny Farm family member!

Take a peek at our PYO flower bed in this morning's fog:

PYO tulips and daffodils


Just a few reminders:

  • Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem Opening Day - Saturday, April 18
  • King Farmers Market Opening Day -- Wednesday, April 22
  • Deadline for sign-up for the Allium Adventure Club -- Saturday, April 25
  • Open Greenhouse Plant Sale -- Sunday, April 26

Just 5 more days until the official frost free date and our lilacs are starting to bloom!

First lilac flowers of spring

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 4/3/2015 9:42am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

We made it through last weekend's freezing temperatures with very little damage to the plants.  Thankfully it wasn't as cold as predicted and the plant covers worked well.  A couple of the tomatoes in Raz House got a little nip but they are recovering nicely.  The strawberries look amazing -- a few blossoms were killed but for the most part, they are looking better and stronger!  See for yourself -- lots of strawberries on that plant!

Strawberry plant loaded with blossoms

Working through our list of Spring to-do's always feels good.  One of the first tasks is to get the pump going for irrigation.  It's never a simple task -- more a process of trial and much error.  But finally (after replacing the housing on the engine) the pump cranked and water started flowing to the thirsty strawberries and onions.

Ray flusing the pond pump filter

In addition to water, our young plants need food.  Now is the time to give the garlic and shallots a good shot of their favorite energy drink:  fish emulsion.  Ray got the tank rigged up on the Cub and set forth with his trident to provide a tasty meal. Mmmmm....

Ray fishing the garlic     Ray's garlic fishing pole

Another plant we coddled through the winter was the artichokes.  We had noticed the plants starting to push their way out of the hay.  Yesterday we removed the mounds of hay that had protected them through the cold.  Some loss -- but lots of them were looking strong and healthy! Artichokes, anyone?

Cheryl with artichoke

Even though it is two more weeks until our markets open, we are starting to get a few crops.  Asparagus and kale are beginning to come in!  To celebrate spring, we will have an on-farm Mini-Market on Saturday, April 11 from 10-noon. Stay tuned for more information -- check out our Facebook page for any breaking news.

Early asparagus

Our fencing project is almost done (for now) and we'll have a new member of the Plum Granny Farm family to introduce you to next week!  We are very excited!!!

Ray putting the finishing touches on the fence

A few quick reminders:

  • Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem Opening Day - Saturday, April 18
  • King Farmers Market Opening Day -- Wednesday, April 22
  • Deadline for sign-up for the Allium Adventure Club -- Saturday, April 25
  • Open Greenhouse Plant Sale -- Sunday, April 26

We wish you many blessings for Passover and Easter.  Enjoy the special beauty of this season -- the time of renewal and rebirth.

Violets of spring

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray


Posted 3/27/2015 1:04pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

The grey sky and wet roads outside the window are contrasted with the green of the garlic field and the red fuzz of the the red oaks in the distance.  Spring has set the plant world into overdrive -- getting everything blooming, leafing and growing. Blackberries are leafing out and the flowering bulbs are growing like gangbusters.  The hives are full of bees hauling in spring pollen and nectar.  And as usual, we will get our early spring freeze to stunt some of the growth.

We are trying to be prepared for the predicted freeze on Saturday night.  The strawberries are covered along with the baby lettuce plants in Daddy's Garden.  And as a precaution, we'll add some row covers to the tomatoes in Raz House.  Farming is done best when it is proactive -- try to anticipate what might happen and prevent any harm.  This works for dealing with the weather, pests, disease -- just about anything.  Of course, we can never prevent everything but by actively managing the farm, we can hopefully reduce the harm.  Not easy for sure.

Speaking of the strawberries, there were a LOT of flowers on the plants when we covered  them on Wednesday.  The general wisdom is that it is 30 days from flower to fruit. Based on that calculation, we should start harvesting strawberries around April 25!  The plan for strawberries this year is to have them at market and as a pick-your-own crop.  Stay tuned for details!  And send warm thoughts to our little plants!

Field blanket on the strawberries

Another blooming thing we are protecting is our little peach tree.  We got scions from our wonderful tree in Albuquerque and had them grafted.  We are babying it and hoping to enjoy some peaches this year.  It will be under a row cover tent with a light, for sure!

Peach tree in bloom

In case you wonder if farmers get much exercise, the answer is, "Yep!"  The week started with an intense aerobic and weight-bearing workout for Chris and Cheryl.  We have been coordinating a group order of supplies from Seven Springs Farm Supply for fellow farmers.  It arrived a bit early and Ray was at his PT appointment.  Unfortunately a lift gate, which would have made it easier to unload the 5 pallets of soil amendments and seeds, was not on the truck.  So we, with the help of the friendly driver, unloaded the entire load one bag at a time.  And then we moved each bag again to sort by farms!  That would be 10,000 pounds x 2 = 10 tons!!  The amazing thing is that we did the initial unload in 30 minutes!  Whew- an extra dose of ibuprofen was on the menu for sure!

Chris with the 7 Spring order

More planting this week.  English shelling peas went in alongside the garlic and the first batch of bunching, green top and bulb onions were transplanted.  We'll be planting the seed shallots next week -- this isthe first time we have tried to grow shallots from seed!  We have planted the seeds in trays just like onions so will be setting out the transplants into the field.  Here's Jen & Chris planting onions in yesterday's fog:

Jen & Chris planting onions in the fog

And while we are on the subject of alliums, don't forget we are now accepting memberships in our bi-weekly Allium Adventure Club!  More information and applications are available on the website!  The Adventure will begin on May 2nd and will run through November 14.  Thanks so much to those of you who have signed up already!

Allium Adventure Club logo

It's just a month away!  Plans (and plants!) are being readied for our Open Greenhouse on Sunday, April 26.  We have will have hundreds of Certified Organic plants available including tomatoes (36 varieties), tomatillos (4 varieties), peppers - hot and sweet (6 varieties), eggplant (3 varieties), herbs (11 varieties) plus baby ginger and turmeric plants and other veggies such as kale, swiss chard and lettuce!  If you are interested in a particular variety, let us know -- we may be growing it for you!!

Tomato transplants in the greenhouse

Until next week,

Cheryl, Ray & Gesti

Gesti on the bench

Posted 3/20/2015 10:24am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

A warm welcome to Spring, indeed! At 6:45 p.m. EDT, we will mark the Vernal Equinox.  According to The Old Farmer's Alamanac, "the word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning 'equal night.' All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal. Today, the Sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west. Starting in spring, the days become 'longer' than our nights."  To us, it means that the work days are definitely longer and the farming season starts to kick into high gear.  Yippee!

Things are starting to pop around the farm!  Between the warmer weather and the rain, green is busting out all over!  The garlic field is a sea of green (got some weeding done to take care of the weed part of that green).  And the sugar snap peas are starting to pop out -- especially in Raz House.

Sugar snaps in Raz House

We did get the rest of Raz House planted out with tomatoes -- plus frisée, cilantro, beets, carrots, basil and rapini!  It will be chock-full of growth before long!

Jen & Chris planting tomatoes in Raz House    Perfect tomato transplant    Maximizing space in Raz House

In addition to planting the hoop house and greenhouse seeding (we are running out of room!!), Ray was able to hop on the tractor and do some plowing.  Here he is getting the tomato field ready:

Ray plowing South to prep for tomatoes

We are now accepting memberships in our Allium Adventure Club!  This year's adventure will provide you with a 15-week tour in the Land of Allium!  Our Inaugural Voyage was a hit last year ("opening every bag was like Christmas!," said one member).  The club is for those of you who love garlic, onions, shallots and all things allium!  If garlic or onions are the first ingredient of every dish, then this is for you.  Your biweekly bag will include the very best of what we have to offer including limited edition varieties and special items that you won't see at market.  More information and applications are available on the website!  The Adventure will begin on May 2nd.

Allium Adventure Club logo

Today is a very special day on the farm -- Ray and Cheryl are both decked out in our favorite cardigans in honor of one of our heroes -- Mr. Rogers.  Fred Rogers was born this day in 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  His wonderful PBS show ran an amazing 33 years -- 1968 to 2001.  It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 3/14/2015 10:57am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Saturday!

Another Saturday edition of the newsletter...guess we are getting winter lazy, huh?  Well we actually have an excuse this time.  Just got back last night from Petersburg, Virginia and their 8th Annual Berry Production & Marketing Conference.  We were honored to have this opportunity to share a bit about what we do here at Plum Granny with our berry-growing colleagues in Virginia.  The organizers were specifically interested in our production and marketing as a Certified Organic farm.  Here's a terrible picture of us during the presentation -- and we really were more excited and happy than the photo shows!  Here's a link to the overall conference proceedings.  Some good stuff there.

Back on the farm, the week's nicer weather helped us check off several things on the to-do list.  The good news is that we have started getting some things in the ground!!  Sugar snap peas, kale, lettuce & frisée all got planted this week!  The photo below shows some of the plants waiting outside to harden up a bit before planting -- it's not really deer bait!  In addition to growing the peas in the field, we are testing a row in the hoop house.  The warmer soil temperature in there should speed up the crop - or at least that's what we hope.  Get ready for some crunchy, sweet snap peas!

    Seedlings ready to go

This coming week we will be planting tomatoes in the hoop house.  The beds have been fertilized and reshaped and additional drip irrigation has been added.  This is a totally new thing for us and we are very excited about the prospect of having early tomatoes.  Last year was our first year growing tomatoes in the hoop house but we didn't plant them until late May.  We can get about 160 plants in there.  Here's Chris showing of the beautiful beds he created in the hoop house -- ready for those tomatoes!

Chris in Raz House with reshaped beds

The greenhouse has now gotten its full baseboard repair.  Chris and Jen worked their magic on the baseboard and with the exception of putting down a wider strip of landscape fabric, it is good to go for several years.  The old wood was pretty rotten so the newly installed PureWood should do the trick for quite a while.

Rotten baseboard wood from greenhouse horth wall    Chris & Jen with finished product

We have a couple of events this week that might be of interest.  On Tuesday (3/17), Cheryl will be speaking at the Sedgefield Garden Club on growing baby ginger & turmeric.  The club meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Griffin Recreation Center (5301 Hilltop Road, Jamestown, NC 27282).  On Thursday (3/19), we will be hosting the Stokes County Extension Office for a Pruning Demonstration at 2:00 p.m. here at the farm.  Randy Fulk, our Extension Agent, will be demonstrating the best way to prune apples and grapes.  Both of these events are free and are open to the public. 

In honor of Pi Day, we'd like to share one of our favorite recipes -- Yam's Jam Cheesecake Pie!

No-Bake Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Cheesecake Pie
1 cup Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2T lemon juice
2 cups vanilla whipped cream or whipped topping
Cookie or graham cracker pie crust
Extra whipped cream for serving
Whip together cream cheese and lemon juice until creamy and fluffy.  Add Yam's Jam and mix well.  Gently fold in whipped cream, stirring until just mixed.  Spoon into crust and put in fridge to set for a couple of hours.  Top with more whipped cream and serve.  Can be made ahead and frozen.


Only 1 more week until Spring Equinox!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 3/7/2015 11:46am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Saturday!

Yes, with March comes the Madness.  The ACC Tourney (and those other also-rans too), the weather (in like a lion -- or is it like a lamb?), the farm chores...

March is when things really get kicked up a notch or two here on the farm.  Plants start growing more rapidly as the day length increases (weeds as well) and the daily to-do list takes on a whole new heft.

And the weather.  Bouncing from 74 on Wednesday to snow and a high of 34 on Thursday.  Ah, late winter!

Right now, the busiest place on the farm is the greenhouse.  We are starting to run out of space in our "inner sanctum" for seed trays.  Not surprising given that there are 8,959 onions, 1,061 tomatoes, 929 peppers, 808 shallots, 731 leeks, 438 artichokes, 432 lettuce, 384 kale, 384 frissé plus basil, cilantro, sorrel, spinach and eggplant (and I'm probably missing some).  And we are just getting started!!

Tomato sprouts in greenhouse

A new item that we'll have this year will be hanging baskets of strawberries for Mother's Day.  The seedlings that we planted this fall from our cuttings are doing very well.  In fact, we have to frequently trim off the flowers because we don't want them to fruit so young.

Strawberry plants

A "just in time" task this week was to get a gutter on the side of the hoophouse.  We have been plagued with water running into a corner of the house due to bad drainage along the north side.  This was actually one of the reasons we lost our original planting of raspberries there.  Ray and Chris did a great job in getting the gutter in place just before the deluge on Thursday!

Drainage problem at Raz House    Chris and Ray work on gutter    Chris attaching downspout

Another big project this week has been to get the ginger, turmeric and galangal going for pre-sprout. Our friends Andy & Lisa came over on Sunday and helped us cut the rhizomes into properly sized pieces for planting.  Before they are planted in the grow bags in the greenhouse, the rhizomes spend about 4-6 weeks in a warm and humid environment to wake up the growing points and get them ready to grow.  Now the milkhouse is all cozy and our little plants are starting their adventure.  Harvest is only 7-8 months away!

    Turmeric ready for presprout

Spring keeps getting closer.  On Tuesday night, I heard the peepers down by the lower pond and the robins arrived yesterday!  Only 2 more weeks until Equinox!

Don't forget to spring forward tonight -- more daylight into the evening!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray (and Biker Dude Ajo)

Biker Dude Ajo

Posted 2/27/2015 11:48am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

PGF sign in snow

Another week of the fluffy white stuff!  Well, at least some of the time it has been fluffy! The snow is always pretty as it coats everything and hides many of the imperfections of the landscape.  And it is nice if you can sit back and enjoy the beauty - at least for a few minutes!

Tobacco barn in snow    Bird feeder from window

This week has been a bit choppy because of several events.  On Monday, we headed down to Kannapolis to the NC Research Campus for the Piedmont Grown Annual Business Conference.  Cheryl was this year's conference chair and it was gratifying to see over 100 people from across the 37-county Piedmont region learn about making their farms and food businesses more successful.

Piedmont Grown Conference opening session

Another thing we had going this week was closing on a new addition to the farm.  We purchased the old service station just across from the log tobacco barn and have all kinds of plans for this building over the next few years.  Stay tuned to learn more about the developments!  It's exciting!!!

Capella Star is ours!

So now we are back to the planning and seeding that are so important in February.  We have lots of plans for events on the farm this year.  Our next big one will be our annual Greenhouse Day on Sunday, April 26.  We will have many more plants than last year along with other garden products.

And while you have your calendars out, please note that the opening day for the Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market will be on April 18 and the King Farmers Market will open on April 22.  They are just around the corner!

And on the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (2/27/1807), here is a bit of his poem, "Woods in Winter"

But still wild music is abroad,
Pale, desert woods! within your crowd;
And gathering winds, in hoarse accord,
Amid the vocal reeds pipe loud.

Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long.

Yes, the birds are singing and the daylight lingers longer.  Keep the faith -- Spring is a mere 3 weeks away.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 2/20/2015 10:34am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Ajo in snow

Ajo is having the kind of morning that most of us have had all week -- "how the heck do I walk on this stuff?!"  No, we don't have the 9' snowfall totals that the Boston area has had, but our snow, wind and extreme cold have put us all to the test this week. We've spent much of our time scraping, warming, draining and insulating things.  We got down to 4 degrees last night -- not the originally forecast -8 (thank goodness!) 

The cold has definitely tested many of our systems.  We have been storing some truffle butter in our walk-in cooler for our friend, Jane Morgan Smith of Truffles NC and we had to move it last night because things were freezing inside the cooler! Who'd a thunk!?  And one of the joys of living in a 140+ year old farmhouse is waking up every couple of hours to run water through the faucets to make sure there are no ice dams -- we have no insulation in the crawlspace of the house!

But the good news is that we have made it through the wintry blast relatively unscathed.  The greenhouse and hoop house are just fine and the crops got a little extra insulation -- both snow and field blanket (thanks to Rachel, Andy & Blaine for helping us cover the strawberries in the snow!).  A few photos...

Greenhouse with ice and snow    Garlic in the snow    Covering the south strawberry field    Pulling out the field blanket

The only casualty of the week was Poppa Johnny's apple tree.  Cheryl's grandpa planted this pippin around 1900 and the winds on Saturday night finally got the best of it.  It had been dying for the past several years and we got some scions grafted so we wouldn't lose this bit of history.  Poppa Johnny's apple tree's progeny now live on.  But the cats will have to wait a while before they can use them as a lookout.

Poppa Johnny's apple tree

Greenhouse fun continues!  This week as the snow swirled 'round the greenhouse, Cheryl was happily seeding more lettuce, cilantro and other early crops.  And the great thing is that things are starting to emerge!  Here are the artichokes:

Artichoke seedlings emerging

Thanks so much to all of you who came out for our first annual Valentine's Day Holiday Market!  We had lots of fun and lots of traffic!!  I think we'll make it an annual event!  A special thanks to our other vendors for sharing their talents and time with us all!

Gesti decked out for Valentine's Day

Stay warm -- and just remember that Spring is just one month away!!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 2/13/2015 10:59am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Welcome to crazy, extreme February weather!  From last Sunday's high of 72 to this coming Sunday's predicted low of 10, there's never a dull moment in the weather department!  We are beginning to think that we have been transported to a wind tunnel testing site -- the blow around here has been almost deafening.  The good news is that the cover still is on the hoop house!  Our windspeed  is measured by what we jokingly call our "country anemometer."  It's a metal post with holes in it -- we have a bird feeder mounted on top.  The wind blows through the holes and sing-howls most of the time.  A bit spooky but you get used to it!

Things are still on a bit of a slower schedule here as Ray gets his shoulder back in shape.  But things are still getting done!  On Wednesday, we tackled a task that has been on the list for a while:  replacing the baseboard on the greenhouse.  On an organic farm, you are not allowed to use pressure-treated wood anywhere there is soil contact.  This can be a challenge when you are trying to build things that touch the soil (uh, ...most things!)  When we built the greenhouse 5 years ago, we treated the wood with linseed oil.  That worked for a while but it didn't stand up to the challenges of a greenhouse environment.  We found a product called "PureWood" that is thermally treated in a non-toxic way.  This stuff really lasts!  So Ray was the one-armed advisor as Chris and Jen repaired the south side of the house.  And it looks much better with additional ground cloth to keep the weeds from encroaching in the house.  Take a look:

Jen & Chris work on baseboard        Chris and Jen show off greenhouse

Other things are underway as well.  Seeding has begun in earnest now!  Have over 4500 onions, nearly 400 artichokes, kale, frisée, sorrel and even tomatoes in trays in the "inner sanctum.  And more seeds are on the way!  I love this time of year!

Seed trays in greenhouse

Valentine's Day Market -- TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is the big day!  It's the day for our Valentine's Day Holiday Market from 10-2 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 bead genius Carol Carroll of Mistletoe Holler!

There will be all kinds of gifts for your sweetie!  Here's what will be on our table:

  • Paperwhite narcissus
  • Windowsill herb gardens
  • Garlic braids
  • Garlic powder and granules
  • Jam (including jam gift boxes)
  • Frisée and lettuce
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Baby Turmeric

We hope you will come out and visit!  The weather is supposed to be sunny and brisk -- but the temperatures will be highest that we'll see for a while!  And we'll be cozy in the greenhouse!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Valentine's Day  -- we definitely LOVE our great customers and friends!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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

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Check out the terrific feature that Flavor, NC did on Plum Granny Farm!  You can view the episode at  They did a great job showing our garlic, ginger & berry production - plus a few other surprises! We are paired with Chef Jay from Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen who makes some wonderful garlic recipes!  Enjoy!

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