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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.

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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.


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."

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

Posted 2/25/2018 1:33pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
What a difference a week makes!  Although we have definitely had our share of clouds, fog and drizzle, this week has been SO much better than last week!  The past two days of some sunshine has helped dissipate the clouds (actual and mental) and made us realize that a sunny day is possible!  It has been beautiful and unseasonably warm.  The maples are really popping and the daffodils seem to be springing up out of no where!


Even Tony says that this Spring-like weather (and food) is worth closing your eyes and savoring!

As we get closer to the Equinox, the farm's pace quickens.  So many things to do!!  We got the snap peas planted in Raz House...


And work continues on the rebuild of the Wally caterpillar...  It's been at that tedious phase -- much trial and error as we get the details of the design and mechanics of how it works figured out.  We hope that we'll have him finished next week!

It's National CSA Day!
Did you know that today is the day that more people sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs than any other day?  Yep, according to research done by Small Farm Central February 23th is the big day and there's even a national celebration of CSAs.

Why so early? 
When the farm gets advance knowledge of demand, your farmer can focus on growing healthy food and getting the food to you.  You get the freshest possible ingredients from a farmer that you know and trust, and the farmer gets some up-front cash and a better understanding of how much to grow.  It's a great partnership.

In honor of CSA Day, we are kicking off the beginning of sign-ups for our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program!  PlumFresh, is a bit different than a traditional CSA.  You aren't paying for the entire season up-front and it is very flexible.  You can skip a week if you need to and you don't have to get a box every week for 30 weeks.  Our members love the program -- we have one of the highest member retention rates of any CSA program in the country!  Click here for more information. We would LOVE to be YOUR farmer!

As a celebration of National CSA Day, we are participating in a "Meet Your Farmer" event at the Old Salem Visitor's Center today (February 23) from 11-2.  Stop by and say "Hello!" -- we'd love to see you!

That does it for this week!  A busy few days in store as we go running all over the state getting 200 pounds of seed ginger, 725 pounds of seed potatoes, half a ton of coir and MORE!  Whew!  And it's just 25 days til the First Day of Spring!

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

Posted 2/16/2018 7:22pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
My daily conversation with the clouds:  "Okay...thanks for your generosity but that's plenty!  Please...we really have quite enough.  I know some folks in New Mexico who haven't seen your kind since October.  They need you much more than we do..."

I don't think it's working too well, do you?

And it's so muddy that even the donkey is asking for curb service!

Yes, the subject is rain.  So much rain.  So much mud.  It was nice to have a respite last night (even had a beautiful sunset!) and for a few hours today but more is heading our way.  

Ray and I are solar-powered creatures.  That's why New Mexico was a great place for us.  We had the opportunity to move to Seattle before we moved to NM and turned it down because there just wasn't enough sunshine.  That's what makes these rainy, grey, dreary days so difficult.  But we will try to look on the bright side.  The hay fields are green again and the peepers are already out!

So time in the greenhouse is even more important now.  Today we got the cucumbers planted and the peas are really starting to pop.


And there are many signs that Spring is on the way.  Maples are starting to bloom, the garlic is growing like crazy, crocuses are popping, and the shallots are announcing their presence as well.  


So we will look on the bright side.  And listen to the peepers.  While knowing that Spring (and hopefully less rain) is on the way.

Have a great weekend!
Cheryl & Ray

Posted 2/9/2018 6:52pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Hey!  I recognize that guy on the cover!  Golly!

Yep, we have finally made it to the cover of a national publication.  No, it's not Rolling Stone (now I've got that Dr. Hook song running through my head!) but it is Country Folks Grower, a national farmer-to-farmer publication based in New York State.  We got an email in November from one of their writers asking if she could do a feature article on the farm.  Her editor had gotten a list of agritourism farms in NC from the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and thought we sounded interesting.  And so it began.

We did an extensive phone interview and then pulled some photos together.   A big thanks to Mary Jac Brennan and Steve Howell to getting some photos of the two of us (we don't have very many of those...!)  And we waited.  Finally yesterday a package arrived in the mail -- it was a laminated copy of the cover along with the article and two copies of the magazine!  In case you are interested, you can read the article here.  

Ok, so back to our normal stuff!

The greenhouse is definitely the center of farm activity these days.  We outgrew the "inner sanctum" that we originally created in order to contain heated space -- too many seed trays!  So we expanded the area to include about 3/4 of the greenhouse -- but by having a ceiling, we are able to keep the expensive heated air where we want it instead of having it rise 10 feet to the roof.  Take a look and see what's going on there! 


More and more trays have been seeded and we are just getting started.  We are trying to start more plants indoors and then transplant them.  We have read where several farms have had success with transplanting snap peas for an earlier crop so we are giving that a try.  Today we got those seeds in the trays!

It's good to have this space to work in -- especially with as much rain as we have had recently.  We got about 1.25 inches on Wednesday.  We are hoping that the forecast for over 2 inches this weekend and early next week doesn't materialize.  The soil is pretty waterlogged.  It's going to take a long time for things to dry out enough to get in the fields as it is....  

That'll do it for us this week.  There are so many celebration opportunities this coming week, it's enough to make your head spin!  It starts off today with National Pizza Day which you can enjoy while you are watching the Opening Ceremonies of the 23rd Winter Olympics.  Then next week on Fat Tuesday you can laisse les bons temps rouler for Mardi Gras. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is also the same day as Valentine's Day!  Oh the choices!

Be good, stay dry and we'll talk next week!

Cheryl & Ray

PlumFresh Is Full but Get in Line for 2021!

The 2020 Season for PlumFresh is currently SOLD OUT!  But to make sure you get an early place in line for 2021, please fill out the registration form so that we may contact you when registrations open in January.

This program is our own twist on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  It is flexible and customizable -- and you don't have to pay for the entire season upfront.  Click here for more information!  Ready to sign up now?  Click here!

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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Ray talks ginger with Lisa

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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