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Posted 7/22/2018 3:20pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

It's hot, it's dry.  And even though a donkey is a desert animal, sometimes she just needs a refreshing treat.  How about a nice cantaloupe rind, hmmm?  Brix has earned her place in the pasture by demonstrating that she is Yam worthy.  What's "Yam worthy," you ask?  Yam was our cow -- but she was much more than a cow, she was The Greeting Committee for the Capella Community.  She graced (and grazed) our pasture for 14 years.  A very special cow.  And she LOVED cantaloupe -- we call it Yam-aloupe.  So now Brix has earned her Yam-aloupe merit badge.

Lots of projects underway right now.  It's that time of the year when we are both tending summer crops like peppers, tomatoes and okra while we are getting ready for fall crops.  Lots of seeding is happening right now!  Kale, collards, broccoli, kohlrabi and lots more are hitting the seed trays.  And we are also prepping beds for additional plantings.

We built a raised bed last year between 2 of our high tunnels and have been growing carrots in them since then.  We have been noticing some poor drainage and what looked like compaction with our last round of carrots.  So we decided to remove about a foot of the soil and amend it with lots of composted leaves for our next planting which will be beets. 

We joked with Jonny and Chris that they were on the Chain Gang as they dug out wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow full of soil. I think I heard them singing "A Man of Constant Sorrow".... We are glad these guys have a sense of humor!

We got the rest of the potatoes harvested this week.  A respectable harvest but not our biggest -- about 1500 pounds.  Unfortunately we had to harvest the fingerlings and Bintje earlier than usual because Late Blight hit the field.  Once that happens, you need to get the tubers out as quickly as possible so that they don't become diseased.

 

Blackberry Update

Well, we had hoped to do one more PYO event this season but it looks like the berries just won't be plentiful enough.  We had a great harvest earlier this week but now the berries are slowing down to a trickle.  I am sure that the drought has had an impact -- even though we have been irrigating a lot.  Always a sad time for a small fruit farmer -- seeing the end of a great crop.

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

 

Come and get 'em while you can!  This will be the last week for our sweet blackberries at market so stop by and grab a pint!  Saturday will be Ice Cream Day at Cobblestone so it sounds like a great match-up of flavors!

The Potato Bar gets two new additions this week:  Bintje (the original French Fry Potato) and the popular LaRatte Fingerling.  We'll also have German Butterball, low-glycemic Nicola, and Huckleberry Gold.  Boxes of the cute little Creamer Potatoes will also be available.

We'll also have lots of other Certified Organic goodness including big beautiful heads of Escarole, Garlic Sampler Bags, freshly Cured Garlic (including Elephant, Red Toch, Music and Chesnok), the last of the Garlic Flowers, Carrots and some Pea Shoots.  And we'll be bringing some of our tasty JAM to market too!

That's all the news from the farm this week.  Don't forget to celebrate National Hammock Day on Sunday!  A lazy July afternoon in the shade?  I'll nap to that!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 7/15/2018 12:36pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
What a week!  Between berry-picking, planting, erecting deer fence, irrigating (LOTS!), eradicating Johnson Grass and harvesting potatoes (and more!), our to-do lists have been pretty full!  Let's take a quick field walk around to see what's happening, shall we?

    

And we found a HIPPO!  One of the fun things about harvesting potatoes is all of the interesting shapes that you find.  This year's winner is from our new variety, Raspberry.  Everyone needs a pink hippo, don't you think?

  ("I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinkey tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy..")


We're not the only ones that think the blackberry field is a wonderful place....  We've cordoned off this area to give the family some privacy (and the parents were quite protective!)

Some Days....
Then there are some days you just scratch your head and wonder why.... On Tuesday, I happened to notice someone walking along the Highway 66 side of the farm.  He was wearing a bright yellow shirt that road workers wear and it looked like he had a backpack sprayer.  I ran down to see what was happening, and sure enough he was spraying a small growth of poplar tree saplings.  I told him to stop immediately.  His crew chief was in a truck across the road, and I made him get out and cut all of the area that had been sprayed and remove the branches.  After some cajoling and stern insistence, they did so.  The crew chief kept telling me it was safe and that he would even drink the stuff (yeah, right).  They didn't quite understand what "ORGANIC" meant.  Problem solved.

Well, not so fast.  About 2 hours later, I happened to notice the SAME guy with a backpack spraying on the Flat Shoals Road part of the farm.  I ran over, told him to stop and made him call his supervisor.  But not before taking this picture.

As organic farmers, we have to be very diligent to make sure that things aren't done to our land that are in violation of our organic practices and certification.  We post signs, get on the "Do Not Spray" lists for the utilities but even then, vigilance is key.  Hopefully now we won't have to deal with this crew again this season -- but we'll keep our eyes open.

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Tater Time!  We've been harvesting more potatoes this week, so our Potato Bar will be filled with more delights including the crowd-pleasing German Butterball, low-glycemic Nicola, and the new Raspberry (a pink fleshed potato with a dark pink skin).  Boxes of the cute little Creamer Potatoes will also be available.

We'll also have lots of other Certified Organic goodness including Escarole, Garlic Sampler Bags, freshly Cured Garlic (including Elephant, Red Toch, and Music), Garlic Flowers, some Basil. a few Blackberries (we got picked HARD during PYOs this week, so the berries need to catch up) and a few bags of Pea and Sunflower Shoots.  And we'll be bringing some of our tasty JAM to market too!

 
If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. tonight and it will be ready for pick-up tomorrow.
 
That's a wrap for this week's farm report.  Don't let Friday the 13th spook you.  Remember, black cats are not bad luck!
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray
Posted 6/10/2018 7:19pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  
Hasn't this been a beautiful week?  What a lovely start to June!  The weather has been perfect for a few tasks on our week's to-do list:  shearing the sheep, making hay and starting garlic harvest.

Shearing Day
Our friend, Laura Frazier of FarmGirl Arts (and BB and Tony's first human) kindly shears for us twice a year.  She is amazingly skillful, using hand shears, not electric clippers.  The fleece was very dense this year -- which made the process quite a challenge.  We vowed to shear earlier this fall and next spring.  Better fleeces, easier work! 

BB and Tony wanted me to show you their before and after pictures -- they feel SOOOOOO much better now!  And the look SO little (especially BB!)

   

Hay Days
Hay!  It's definitely been on our minds (and in our boots, in our hair, in our pants...) this week.  It has been hard to find a window of 5 dry days to get it mowed, raked and baled.  But this week presented the perfect weather opportunity.  You know it's time to mow when you can't find your hayrake in the field!

Man, this stuff is thick!  This will be one of the biggest hay crops that we've had.  All of the rains earlier in the year yielded bountiful grass, clovers and forbs!  Now if we only had more barns....

Garlic Harvest 2018
The harvest has begun with our Turban garlics as well as some of the Music.  Conditions are much better than last year -- thanks to better weeding.  But we think that all of the spring moisture could have resulted in somewhat smaller bulbs.  We'll know better as we get further into the harvest next week.

We also got all of our Elephant Flowers -- buckets and buckets of beautiful bouquets of garlicky-ness!

Farm Tour 2018!
Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour on Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m.  This FREE tour gives visitors the chance to see behind the scenes of 5 area farms -- each farm has special things planned for the day and we are all do different things!  Stay tuned for more information about what we'll have here at Plum Granny Farm!

That's a wrap for this week's edition! 

Today is World Oceans Day!  Did you know that 
Plastic pollution poses a threat to human health, kills and harms marine life, damages and alters habitats, and can have substantial negative impacts on local economies? Unlike many ocean issues, plastics pollution is a big problem that we need to -- and can address. The first step of avoiding disposable plastic bags can seem difficult -- but it's not impossible.  It's a great way for an individual to help make a difference. More than 80% of marine litter comes from land-based sources. The primary direct threat to marine life is entanglement or ingestion. Sea turtles, birds, and fish alike accidentally mistake plastic for food and choke or get sick by ingesting it.  Let's all do our part to reduce plastic use -- Reuse, Recycle and Choose Biodegradable!
 
Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 5/29/2018 7:36am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
When we last talked, it was raining.  And it rained and it rained...

This was the view from the Tobacco Barn on Friday afternoon.  A torrent of water ran down below the apple trees and there was standing water everywhere.  Here is a video of what our packing area looked like -- and it was under cover!

The surge of water reminded us of living in New Mexico and the arroyos (dry river/creek beds) that carried floods of water down from the mountains. 


The good news is that was no damage to buildings and humans and animals were all safe.

At last tally, we had gotten close to 8.5 inches of rain with nearly 4 inches coming on Friday alone.  This is the largest rain event we have ever had since we started farming and lots of old timers here say the same.

A downside to the rain is that it pretty much ended our strawberry season.  Strawberries just can't compete with all of this water.

 

But it's not all gloom and doom around here!  No siree!  More berries -- raspberries and blackberries are waiting in the wings for the next act!

 

One thing that the rain did seem to bring was an invasion of Colorado Potato Beetles (CPB).  They suddenly appeared by the thousands!  These critters in all of their stages can decimate a potato plant in a matter of hours.  Thank goodness there is an organic control for this -- spinosad, which is a natural substance made by a soil bacterium that can be toxic to insects.  If applied in a timely manner, it can knock down these pests and save the crop.  Fingers crossed!

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

It's looking like a cool and cloudy morning for Cobblestone Farmers Market tomorrow.  Sounds like a great day to come out and get ready for Holiday picnics and gatherings.

The good news is that it Scape Season!  Yes, our Garlic Scapes have emerged and it is time to enjoy their deliciousness!  Stop by for a bundle of curly goodness, taste some of Scape Bean Dip and take home a recipe for your own scape-y creations.

Our purple tent will also be packed with lots of Certified Organic goodness including SUGAR SNAP PEAS (oodles!), Snow Peas, Salad Mix, Baby Garlic, Kale (Lacinato/Dino and Red Russian), young tender Collards, Kale Flowers, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Pac Choi, Microgreens and Young Ginger (vacuum-packed and frozen).  We'll also have Garlic Powder and Granules. 


This will be the LAST WEEK for our Certified Organic transplants.  We have lots of varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, tomatillos, veggie plants as well as some ginger plants.  Let us know if there is something in particular you are looking for!

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. tonight and it will be ready for pick-up tomorrow.

 photo credit:  www.pixabay.com

Wishing you the best on this Memorial Day weekend.  The weekend always holds special meaning for us since both of our fathers served in World War II.  Ray's dad, Bill, was a career Army man and also served in Korea. Cheryl's dad, Holt, enlisted in the Army at the beginning of World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. 

And let's not forget those left at home during wartime or military service.  Especially women like our mothers, who were managing everything at home with young children, waiting weeks for letters to arrive from the Front.  Ray's mom, Arlene had to wait in agony for weeks to learn about Bill's condition after receiving a telegram that he was wounded in action. These were the days before Skype and FaceTime.

Our deepest appreciation goes out to all those who have served our country -- in wartime and peace.  Take a moment this weekend to say "Thank You" to a veteran -- and if you are one, our special thanks to you.

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

Posted 5/20/2018 11:55am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
What a difference a week makes!  Last week we were swimming in strawberries and wiping the sweat off our brows.  Today we are suited up in rain gear and bemoaning the fact that we don't have any strawberries!  Such is the nature of this business we call farming.

Yep, the rain gauge is at 4".  Four inches of rain have fallen since Tuesday.  But we make the best of the situation -- more beans have been planted and we think about how great the rain is for the greens!  And Detroit and RingBob enjoy looking at the farm from one of their favorite perches.

And even in the rain, the farm is still beautiful.

Rain or shine, BB and Tony are celebrating today!  They are in their new paddock -- with grass as tall as they are!  I'm not sure if they slept at all last night -- too much good stuff to eat!  And Brix has to get used to them being in a new place.

The greenhouse continues to be a hub of activity.  Our current crop of cucumbers has pretty much played out but we are getting ready to plant another round of them.  The older cucumber plants were attacked by a nasty infestation of spider mites.  We have been working to control them with some biological sprays and the introduction of beneficial insects -- in this case, predatory mites.

It's also been a tough year for aphid control so we have turned to our friends, green lacewings.  There are green lacewing eggs mixed in the rice hulls in the picture.  Larvae hatch from the eggs and they are one of the best predators of aphids.  They are even called "Aphid Lions"!

But despite some pests, good stuff is coming out of the greenhouse!  Check out these tomatoes that are heading to PlumFresh members this weekend!

Strawberry Update
We had a great Mother's Day Pick-Your--Own last Sunday -- thanks to all of you who came out and shared some of our strawberry goodness.  One of our customers brought her daughter out for the afternoon and she captured some incredible photos.  Thanks to Aeliyra Photography for sharing these images!

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Grab your rain jacket and your boots and head on out to Cobblestone Farmers Market from 9-noon on Saturday.  We are a Rain or Shine market -- but if there are thunderstorms around, there is a chance the market may close early.  We suggest that you get to market closer to the opening bell -- if you wait until later, you may miss it.

Our purple tent will be packed with lots of Certified Organic goodness including SUGAR SNAP PEAS (oodles!), Spring Garlic, Kale (Lacinato/Dino and Red Russian), Kale Flowers, Snacking Cucumbers (a few), Tatsoi, Sunflower Shoots, Pea Shoots, Microgreens  and Young Ginger (vacuum-packed and frozen).  We'll also have Garlic Powder and Granules.  

Since we won't have the Strawberry Tsunami to deal with (that was CRAZY last week!), we'll have our Certified Organic transplants back under the tent.  We have lots of varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, tomatillos, veggie plants as well as some ginger plants.  Let us know if there is something in particular you are looking for!

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. tonight and it will be ready for pick-up tomorrow.

That does it for this week!  Gesti asked us to remind you that Sunday is National Rescue Dog DayThis celebration was founded by Tails That Teach, Inc. to bring awareness to the thousands of rescue dogs awaiting their forever homes in shelters around the country.  Gesti and most of our previous dogs have been rescues -- and like the bumper sticker says, "Who Rescued Who?"

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 4/8/2018 1:58pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Welcome April!
Signs of Spring are everywhere!  The goldfinches are putting on their bright yellow plumage and the dogwood trees are starting to flower.

Lots going on here at the farm this week!  Now that the fields have finally dried a bit, the primary activity is to get the fields ready for planting and get those plants in the ground!  Getting things planted is actually the easiest part of the process.  It seems like 30% of the time is getting the beds prepped, fertilized and shaped.  And about 30% of the time is getting irrigation in place.  Another 30% is getting the deer field installed!  So only about 10% of the time is actually planting!  Probably an exaggeration, but it sure feels like it sometimes!  Take a look at what we've been up to!

    

And if you are a deer, you had better NOT enter this zone!

So we have gotten LOTS of snap and snow peas planted along with Fava Beans (fingers crossed, folks!), lettuce, frisse, beets, collards and more.  Starting to feel like a real farm around here!

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Starts This Weekend!

And now for the moment that many of you have been waiting for... Opening Day at the Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem is Saturday (4/7) from 9-noon!   The market is located adjacent to the Single Brothers Garden at the intersection of Salt and West Streets in Old Salem.  For the latest updates on the market, check out Cobblestone's Facebook page.

We'll be back in our usual spot (near the intersection of West Street and Old Salem Road).  Our purple tent will be packed with lots of Certified Organic goodness including Purple and Green Asparagus, Kale (Lacinato/Dino and Red Russian), Snacking Cucumbers, Pea Shoots, Sunflower Shoots, Microgreens, Winter Squash, fresh Turmeric, Baby Ginger (vacuum-packed and frozen), Fire-Roasted Green Chile (vacuum-packed and frozen).  It's also time to stock up on Garlic Powder and Granules, along with Ginger and Turmeric Powder!  And don't forget our delectable jams.


We wanted to update you on a new initiative of the market management:  the REUSE RECYCLE BIODEGRADE INITIATIVE to do our part to reduce the amount of single-use plastic at the market.  To that end, we will not longer be able to provide plastic bags for produce.  So if you want plastic bags, please bring your own.  We will have paper bags available for packing your purchases and encourage you to bring your own shopping bags.  We understand that this will take some adjustment on all of our parts but we can work together to make the planet healthier! 

We hope to see you there on Saturday -- pull on your galoshes and rain jacket and come on down to Old Salem!  We've missed seeing you over the winter -- please stop by and say "hello!"

That wraps up this week's news.  In closing, we'll share a few photos from a patch of land that has LOTS going on:  the Strawberry Field!  They are coming soon although we have had a bit of freeze damage on some of the flowers.  Chris, our resident Strawberry Lover, got to taste the first one of the season -- he gave it a thumbs up!  And yes, we have to cover them once again....

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

     

 

Posted 4/1/2018 12:04pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  And H-E-L-L-O Spring!
The sun has been shining and things are starting to warm up!  And when things warm up, they SPEED up!  

The balmy days have been a blessing.  Hopefully Mother Nature put on her last Snow Show last Saturday.  We got about 2 inches or so of slushy snow here -- once it melted down, we had a total of 1.33 inches of water.   Very soggy fields... 

But with the winds helping to dry things off, we are able to start planting -- at least the covered spaces or beds with grass walkways.  Beets, salad turnips, spinach, swiss chard, bunching onions and pac choi all went into beds or bags this week.  Lots more things to be planted today -- more snap peas, lettuce, artichokes, .....  Feels SO good to get stuff in the ground!  Nothing beats the feel of soil in your hands!

   

And the strawberries are loving this weather -- they are LOADED with flowers and little green fruit!  We should start harvesting them in about 3 weeks.

Here are a few more projects that we checked off our to-do list:

For the first time ever, the blackberries got properly pruned and trellised before they leafed out!  Awesome job, Chris & Jonny!

Meanwhile in the Greenhouse....
The greenhouse continues to be a hive of busy-ness!  More seeding, lots of watering, tending and experimenting. Cheryl saw an Instagram post from a fellow farmer about how they transplant fava beans.  Given that our soil wasn't warming quickly enough, we decided to give it a try.  Voila!  Here's a picture of the beans (huge, aren't they?) at seeding last Tuesday and a shot of how they look today.  We'll probably be planting them in a week or so.

 

And we just can't help but share our first cucumber harvest picture with you -- 24 cukes!

And check out the little tomatoes on this Cherry Blossom plant!

PlumFresh Is Full!
All of our current slots for PlumFresh are now filled and we have started a waiting list.  We know we will have openings available later in the season so if you are still interested, please register online here.  By registering, we will have your name in the queue and can contact you when a slot becomes available.  If you'd still like more information about PlumFresh, click here or send us an email. 

Market Season is Almost Here!

This is NOT an April Fools joke!  The Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem will start next Saturday (April 7) from 9-noon.  With market on the horizon, "vacation time" is over!!  It's time to step up our game even more to get everything ready for show-time -- markets are a lot like a theatre or musical performance!  More details next week!

That's all the news for now.  We wish you and your family a wonderful Easter and Passover season.  Take a moment to look around you and notice the beauty of Nature.  Even the tiniest things can bloom amid adversity.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 3/26/2018 8:16pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
It seems that we are stuck in the set of the movie Groundhog Day, where things keep repeating and repeating and repeating....  Instead of it being
Punxsutawney Phil repetitively seeing his shadow, it is our weekly dose of snow, rain, wind and cold.  With an occasional ray of sun to get our hopes up.

   

By the way, Happy Spring!

It hasn't been all gloom and sadness around Plum Granny Farm this week.  We finished Wally, our remodeled caterpillar tunnel.  We are SOOOO excited to have him back in operation.  One down, 3 more to go!

   

While we were in a building mode, Chris and Jonny put together a new structured bed that we will be using for a bramble nursery.  We will fill this with compost, leaves and used coir.  This will be where we plant blackberries and black raspberries with the intent of propagating them.  Usually we dig out volunteer plants from the aisles in the field but this will help us have a more productive place to grow our plants for sale.

Planting Brambles!
Today is the day we have looked forward to for several years!  We are planting 2 new rows of blackberries and 2 rows of raspberries.  These are going above our existing blackberries in beds that used to have fall-bearing raspberries.  We removed the raspberry plants 3 years ago because of the pest pressure from spotted wind drosophila, a nasty type of fruit fly.

The blackberries won't bear fruit until 2019 but we should have a few raspberries this fall!

     

Meanwhile in the Greenhouse....

We have to pollinate the tomatoes by hand.  An electric toothbrush makes a great tool because the vibration is similar to that of a bumblebee, which is one of the best pollinators of tomato flowers.

Our cucumbers are doing great!  They are loaded with cukes and flowers and we don't have to hand pollinate.  Betcha we'll be eating these next week! 

Just a Few Wednesday PlumFresh Slots Remain...
If you have been thinking about signing up for PlumFresh but you just haven't gotten around to it, time is running out!  Just a few spots are left for our Wednesday on-farm pick-ups and Wednesday delivery option (for just a $4 delivery fee, you can have your bag of farm-fresh, Organic goodies dropped off at your DOOR -- check our website for information about our delivery areas).

Don't miss out -- get your spot today!  You can register online here.  If you'd still like more information about PlumFresh, click here or send us an email. We would love to have you as part of our PlumFresh family!

That will do it for this week.  Batten down the hatches for more snow, rain and wind over the weekend and get ready for warm weather next week (please tell me that 76 degrees on Thursday is true!!)  Welcome Spring!

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

Posted 3/14/2018 8:32am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

As March Madness settles across the country with nonstop broadcasts of basketball tournaments, we are settling into our own form of madness.  The madness induced not by hours of watching basketball (although Cheryl was well-schooled in the art of ACC tournaments growing up) but rather the madness driven by very long lists, terrible weather and the realization that farmers market begins in a month.  Aieeeee!!!!

This week we've been quite busy getting geared up for the growing season -- and helping our fellow farmers.  We got our huge co-op order from Seven Springs Farm Supply on Monday. This task would have been IMPOSSIBLE without the muscle-power of Chris and Jonny.  Even though we had a pallet jack and the truck had a lift gate, there is no way that this load could have gotten off the truck in anything less than 4 hours without these two awesome guys.  Thank you, Chris & Jonny -- you ROCK!

This is 14,460 pounds of organic fertilizer, soil amendments and other farm products destined for 9 different farms in the area!  By collaborating and ordering a large amount of products, we are able to save everyone money.  Power to the Farmers!

 

It hasn't all been lifting 50# bags this week!  We got to play plant scientist with Farmer Al from Farmhaven earlier in the week.  Both of us had been wanting to graft some tomatoes so we had ourselves a little grafting party!   By grafting tomatoes, you are able to add a more disease-resistant rootstock to your desired variety of tomato.  For example, Cherokee Purple is notoriously prone to disease but by putting it on a more resistant rootstock, you will have have a stronger plant.  So far it seems the plants are doing okay -- fingers crossed!

     

The weather has definitely been a challenge this week -- from crazy winds to rains to colder temperatures to snow flurries -- it feels like we have seen it all!  The poor strawberries are really confused -- they have been flowering like crazy for the past month or so. We have had them uncovered for several weeks to give them a chance to be pollinated and to prevent pests and disease.  But with this most recent round of cold, they got covered back up again.  It was 28 degrees here this morning.

Bluebird House Crop Mob!
Our resident population of bluebirds continues to increase and we need some bluebird nesting boxes!  We will be making houses here at the farm on Sunday, March 18 from 2-5 p.m.  We will provide tools and materials.  We only will have space available for 8 volunteers so if you are interested in participating, please email us as soon as possible (just reply to this email).  Come on out to an early spring afternoon here at the farm -- weather permitting, of course.  Pre-registration is required.

Photo: uniquebirdhouseboutique.com

Interested in PlumFresh? Better Hurry!
More and more registrations have been coming in this week for our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program!  We are now FULL for our Cobblestone Market pick-ups but we do have some openings left for our Wednesday on-farm pick-ups and Wednesday delivery option (for just $4 you can have your bag of farm-fresh, Organic goodies dropped off at your DOOR!).

PlumFresh is not your typical CSA.  We have lots of fruits and there's no big up-front cost.  A great benefit is its flexibility -- if you need, you can skip a week and not be charged.  Here's another testimonial from one of our members:


"The variety of produce was fantastic! I love that you guys supply standard produce items that everyone is familiar with, but also get people to try new vegetables, as well as offer interesting items like garlic, scapes, pesto, mushrooms, berries, etc, that aren't typically in CSA's. Also, your flexibility is really what made the program work for me! I could swap items as needed if there was something I didn't want/need, or  I could cancel my box if I was out of town."
              ~Katie


Don't miss out -- get your spot today!  We have a new online registration form available here.  If you'd still like more information about PlumFresh, click here. We would LOVE to be YOUR farmer!

That will do it for this week!  The sun is shining and the list is long!  And since we lose an hour this weekend due to Daylight Savings Time, we'd better hop to it! 

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 3/6/2018 6:06pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

I have decided to start a petition.  It's a rather simple petition:  change the name of the 3rd month of the year from "March" to "Run." 

Yes, "March" is a command -- we had a friend in DC that told us that her birthday was Command Day (March 4th).  But I think that "Run" captures the urgency of the month and its tasks so much more accurately.  In the month of Run, we are doing just that.  We are running to get fields prepped, seeds sown, transplants planted, supplies ordered, equipment repaired, etc.  In the month of Run, we are closer to the start of market and further from the slower place of winter. 

Yes indeed.  I think a change is needed.  Who's with me?


Lots of great things happening on the farm this week -- in between the rain.  Although we didn't get Wally the High Tunnel finished, there's not too much more to finish before he gets a cover.  Hooray!

And we didn't let the lack of a cover stop us from planting the first crops in it!  Chris got the beds tilled and shaped.  And then snap peas were the celebratory first planting.  Looking good!

Our running around last weekend resulted in a bunch of potatoes in the walk-in cooler.  We'll be cutting them into appropriate sizes (there were some real lunkers!) and then warming them up before we plant in a few weeks.

We also received all of our ginger and turmeric orders.  Part of what we ordered was destined for Dr. Guochen Yang at NC A&T for his ginger high tunnel trials.  On Wednesday, Ray (and Detroit) spent much of the day cutting the ginger into proper sizes. 

Then on Thursday, Ray delivered the ginger to Dr. Yang and his team.  The boxes were opened and they got right to work on getting the ginger going on presprout!

   

PlumFresh Is Selling Out F-A-S-T !
We had a great time at the Meet Your Farmer/CSA Day event sponsored by Forsyth County Cooperative Extension last Friday!  It was great to have the opportunity to talk to folks about our farm and let them know what we have going on!

We are blown away at the tremendous response that we have had to our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program sign-ups this year!  We are filling up FAST!  Our Cobblestone Market pick-ups only have a very few slots remaining but we do have openings for our Wednesday on-farm pick-ups and Wednesday delivery option (for just $4 you can have your bag of farm-fresh, Organic goodies dropped off at your DOOR!).

PlumFresh is not your typical CSA.  We have lots of fruits and there's no big up-front cost.  A great benefit is its flexibility -- if you need, you can skip a week and not be charged.  Here's what one of our members said about the program:

Plum Fresh has got to be the best CSA ever. The variety of delicious, fresh, organic fruits and veggies is amazing. Each week we look forward to not only our "box" but the creative recipes and tips provided. Add the flexibility of the program and Plum Fresh has got to be #1 among CSAs.

Don't miss out -- get your spot today!  We have a new online registration form available here.  If you'd still like more information about PlumFresh, click here. We would LOVE to be YOUR farmer!

Thinking About a Garden?
In today's Winston-Salem Journal, garden writer Amy Dixon discusses things to consider when starting your spring garden.  She kindly contacted us for some advice and you'll even see some great photos of our peas and cabbage seedlings.  Check out her story here.   And if you want to get some great plant starts, mark April 22 and April 29 on your calendar for our big Plant Sale!

In closing, we want to pay a tribute to Steve Gauthreaux.  We just learned that Steve passed away on February 25.  Steve (aka the Praline Man) was our neighbor at the Cobblestone Farmers Market for a couple of years.  His business, Steve's Pralines, came after a long military career but was born from his Louisiana roots. He taught us the proper way to pronounce those tasty candies.  His delicious pralines brought a smile to so many.  Our condolences to his family.

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

Small Business Saturday Coming Soon!

Saturday, November 24 is the BIG DAY!  It's time to #shopsmall and #shoplocal!  We'll be hosting our 5th Annual Holiday Market here at the farm from 10-3.  Eight vendors and a food truck will all be on hand to get your Holiday Season started right! Sign up for our weekly email to get more details or check our Facebook page (@PlumGrannyFarm).

Wait List Opportunities Available for PlumFresh Memberships

UPDATE!  We are currently taking reservations for our waiting list as all of our subscriptions are Sold Out.

Would you like to get a box of delicious, Organic food every week?  Do you like to cook?  Do you want to ensure that your family is getting the freshest and safest food available?  Check out our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription program!  It offers you incredible flexibility without big upfront charges.  For more information, click here.

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!  

Do you want the latest news from the farm? How about the opportunity to reserve items for pick-up at market? Join our mailing list for our "Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update"!




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Watch Us!

Ray talks ginger with Lisa

Check out the terrific feature that Flavor, NC did on Plum Granny Farm!  You can view the episode at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365069548/  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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