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Posted 2/19/2016 8:31am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The calendar says that Spring is a month away but as a farmer, it feels so much closer.  One of our favorite parts of the year is ordering seeds and spreading them out once they have arrived.  It is like Christmas morning for a 4-year-old!  We've been busy inventorying our stock of seeds and making new selections while our mail carrier has been busy shuttling them to our porch.  Here's just a bit of the haul that we have so far!

Lots of packs of seeds

We're trialing some new seeds this year and are very excited about them!  A few include fava beans (several people requested these), purple snap beans, and some new tomatoes.  And a couple of favorites are back including Roselle and Pequillo Pimento Peppers!  Honestly, it is like a kid in the candy store!!  And now it's time to get planting!

The seeds that are already in the greenhouse are doing great.  These tomatoes are almost ready to be potted up into larger containers.  Coming to your salad in June!

Tiny tomato seedlings

The turmeric and ginger are all nicely tucked into the toasty-warm (83 degrees) milk house starting their pre-sprout journey.  A big thank-you to Andy & Lisa for helping us get all of the seed pieces placed into trays, covered and shuttled to the milk house on a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon!

Ray filling tray with ginger seed pieces  Some of the ginger ready to be covered and put in the milkhouse

The week hasn't all been about seeding. Thanks to Chris, we are making progress on getting the black raspberries and strawberries ready for spring and summer!  He has been a busy guy with his clippers!

Chris tying the black raspberries  Row of black raspberries after pruning  Chris clearing & weeding the strawberries

We had a great time at our Valentines Holiday Market last weekend!  Even though the bitter cold kept some folks away, our guests were treated to a nice warm greenhouse (we even had to open up the sides because it was too warm!) and great gifts!  Thanks for braving the chill!

Nice & warm in the greenhouse  Shopping with Greenberries Farm

Please help us find TK a home!

TK's view of the world

TK did not find his Valentine this past weekend but we are sure that special someone is right around the corner.  Please share this information (check Facebook too) with your friends, neighbors & co-workers.  TK is a ~9 months old neutered male --a silky-soft tabby that is very affectionate and has a wonderful purr.  He needs a good indoor home. We really have to find a home for him ASAP -- our dog is not tolerant of cats!

Enjoy the warmer weekend -- and enjoy National Love Your Pet Day (2/20).  Brix says a good meal is always a great way to say, "I love you!"

Brix and her dinner

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 2/12/2016 9:52am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Lots of love to share in the Valentine's edition of the newsletter!

Will You Be TK's Valentine??

TK enjoying a chin scratch

Wouldn't you LOVE to have an affectionate cat like this as your Valentines sweetie?  TK still needs a good indoor home.  He is absolutely gorgeous, soft and loves to play.  We think he is about 9 months old and has now been neutered.  Although he's a bit shy around new people, once he warms up to you, TK is a purring machine.  He would be PURRfect for you!

Loving the Greenhouse and Raz House!

This time of year, working in "controlled environments" is a godsend!  That's when we are really grateful to have our greenhouse and Raz House (the hoophouse).  We are able to get lots of planting done - and the stuff will actually grow despite the low temperatures.  This week we got sugar snap peas, snow peas, beets, carrots and radishes planted in Raz House and more seeding done in the greenhouse.  The mushrooms that we got at the Borrowed Land Farm workshop 3 weeks ago are starting to take off (ate the first ones a few nights ago - yum!).  And the artichokes...well, let's just say you better not stand too close! Take a peek:

Raz House greens    Oyster mushroomsDetroit lounging on the potting bench  Artichoke seedling

We LOVE to grow turmeric & ginger!

The fragrant packages from Hawaii arrived this week!  More than 100 pounds of ginger and turmeric seed were delivered and will begin their l-o-n-g journey until harvest next Fall.  We'll be starting the pre-sprout process in our milkhouse this weekend.  A warm, moist environment really encourages those seed pieces to get ready to grow!  Watch this space for future developments!

Ray checking the ginger & turmeric

Love and Paperwhites are in the Air -- Valentines Market is Tomorrow!

Yes, we know the weather will be cold, but our hearts (and hands!) will be warm in the cozy greenhouse tomorrow during our Valentines Holiday Market from 10-2.  We'll have lots of tasty, fragrant, pretty and healthy gifts for your Sweetie (or yourself).  Here's the line-up:

  • Chad's Chai and Tea Company will will have gift sets and bags of their premium loose-leaf teas. They are also offering a special: this month, buy a bag of the Original Black Chai, get a small bag of any tea for free!
  • Greenberries Farm will be bringing a variety of hand-made items including birdhouses, trivets, magnets, and garden totes -- all crafted from used wine corks and boxes, tile, scrap/barn wood, and other odds and ends. She'll also have a limited quantity of dried heirloom tomatoes!
  • Mystic Wolf's Den will be bringing several new soaps -- along with some old favorites -- along with lip balms and salves. Pat has some beautiful new creations that are perfect for Valentines Day!
  • Steve's Pralines Steve Gauthreaux will be bringing his delicious pecan pralines.  He is a Louisiana native who has been making these tasty treats for more than 50 years using his mother's recipe. His pralines are the REAL deal! 

What's on our Table?  We'll have gift items and fresh veggies for you and yours.  In the gift department, we'll have lots of Jams (Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle, Raspberry-Cranberry, Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter and Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce) - several varieties will be available in gift sizes.  There will be fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus, Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Turmeric, and Garlic Powder & Granules as well!  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Paperwhites

All our best for a wonderful Valentines Day and Presidents' Day weekend!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 2/5/2016 1:13pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

I sure missed chatting with you all last week!  Yes, I know it's my fault.  Just to set the record straight, we didn't sneak off to the Caribbean last week for fun and sun -- it was something even more special! 

We were honored to be sponsored to attend one of the premier agriculture conferences in the country, the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference in Lexington, KY!  Thanks to the generosity of Houck and K.B. Medford, a dynamic duo from Winston-Salem, Cheryl was able to attend this amazing conference.  Houck Medford is a documentary photographer and film maker, and we met them as part of a documentary series they are doing, "The Organics:  Hands and Heart." Their passion is to "celebrate the uncelebrated."  They personally invest in individuals who they think will make a difference in their lifetime -- we were honored to be considered worthy of their choice and investment! 

The conference was an amazing learning opportunity!  I visited the University of Kentucky Organic Student Farm, attended lots of workshops on everything from soil to tomatoes, met some fantastic farmers, heard Wendell Berry speak for the first time,  learned how to fix our walk-behind tractor (and had serious equipment envy) and got to hang out with some great folks from NC like Mary Jac Brennan from the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Office.  Here are a few photos from the conference:

Putting Stokes County on the map at SSAWG    Cheryl & Mary Jac at SSAWG  Equipment envy  I heart soil!

Back on the farm, it's been a busy week.  The week started with having our truck towed since it wouldn't start (battery terminals not the starter as we thought - good news for the budget!).

Farmy being towed

We keep tweaking the plastic on the greenhouse to make sure that there is adequate inflation between the two layers of plastic for better insulation.

Chris & Ray work on the greenhouse top

Lots of activity in the planting and harvesting arena as well.  All of the turmeric has been harvested and more seeds are in trays.  The onions are starting to pop -- we are well on our way to having an onion forest!

Trays of onion seedlings

A big undertaking this week has to begin the interior demolition of the Star, the building where we are building the Capella Community Kitchen.  We got a dumpster and have nearly filled it with boards, ceiling tiles and the like -- the good news is that we are able to salvage a lot of the materials for other projects!

Exterior demo at the Star

Demo at the Star    Interior demo at the Star

Valentines Market is Next Saturday!

And finally, don't forget that next Saturday (2/13) is our  Valentines Holiday Market from 10-2.  We have four vendor joining us:  Chad's Chai and Tea Company (he was a huge hit on Small Business Saturday!), Greenberries Farm, Mystic Wolf's Den (formerly MW Herbs) and Steve's Pralines.  You'll find lots of treats for your sweetie!

Happy Valentines Day

Enjoy the nice weather -- hopefully no more rain for a while (got 1.2 inches on Wednesday!)  And our crocuses are hinting that Spring is on the way. 

Early crocusGo Panthers!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 1/22/2016 3:48pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Farm sign in snow

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

As I write this, the swirling snow and sleet tap on the office window, accelerated by the blast of wind blowing snow across the road.  The road is eerily quiet -- more like early Sunday morning or late night instead of a Friday afternoon.  Welcome to winter! 

Weather forecasters are a true blessing for modern farmers.  Imagine if we didn't have the tools that we have at our disposal today -- yesterday's 50 degrees would not have prepared us for what we have today when the thermometer hasn't budged above 24.  Although I'm not sure that this is going to be the hyped SnowMageddon, I do know it's going to be a cold, wintry few days ahead.  We've been preparing for this for both the animals and the greenhouse.  Everyone is snugged into their respective shelters and have lots of hay, water & cat food to keep them happy.  A few photos from a brisk walk around this afternoon...

Brix in her shelter

A patient donkey that is getting used to her shelter (and I think she's grateful).

The upper pond

The frozen Upper Pond and its coat of snow.

The Tobacco Barn in snow

The Tobacco Barn and blackberries take their rest in the snow.

The greenhouse in snow

Ray checked out the greenhouse earlier today and had to knock the snow off the roof to make sure no harm came to it.  Cranked up the heat too!

AB & BB

AB & BB experiencing their first snow.  BB makes a much better weather-sheep than her brother!

Besides winterizing, we've had lots of other things going on.  Last Saturday, we went up to Borrowed Land Farm outside of Pilot Mountain for a mushroom workshop.  It was a great class where we learned about growing both oyster and shiitake mushrooms.  We came home with lots of great information, two buckets full of oyster mushroom spawn and 2 logs that are inoculated for shiitakes!  They are holding another class on February 6 and it is filling up fast!  Contact them through their Facebook page for more information.

At mushroom workshop  Drilling holes in the shiitake log

We harvested the last of the galangal (Thai ginger) yesterday and delivered it to Noble's Grille and Meridian!  Hard to believe that we will be starting ginger and turmeric pre-sprout in about 3 weeks!

Ray harvesting galangal

And speaking of 3 weeks, don't forget to mark your calendar for our Valentines Holiday Market on Saturday, February 13 from 10-2.  Three guest vendors will be joining us:  Greenberries Farm, Mystic Wolf's Den (formerly MW Herbs) and Steve's Pralines.  Our paperwhite narcissus are planted and are growing nicely and will be all ready for your sweetie!

Paperwhite narcissus growing in pots

On the subject of sweeties, we are still trying to find an indoor home for our rescued kitten, TK.  He is absolutely gorgeous and has the softest fur -- we think he is about 9 months old and has now been neutered.  Although he's a bit shy around new people, once he warms up to you, TK is a purring machine.  Please call or email if you are interested!  We need to find him a home soon.

TK on the desk

Stay safe and warm.  I think it's a great night for sweet potato soup and a movie!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 1/15/2016 12:05pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Even though it is only the second week of January, in many ways, it still feels like we are behind -- and we are hearing this from other farmers as well! 

As the pressure to grow crops year-round mounts, it makes it more difficult to use the winter months for the all-important planning, maintenance and restorative time that are essential for a successful farm.  That is one of the reasons that we decided not to participate in the new Cobblestone Winter Market that starts this Saturday (9-11 Downtown in the Chatham Building).  We felt that we would be better off using the time that it takes to prepare for market (not to mention the growing the crops!) to get ourselves really ready for the upcoming season.

And our planning has begun!  We spent a few hours the other day setting up a calendar of events for the farm -- we have 10 to 13 on-farm events planned for 2016!  We'll be doing more classes along with our popular Spring Open Greenhouse, Farm Tour and pick-your-owns.  Watch this space!

The greenhouse has had several projects on our to-do list this week.  Chris and Ray have been replacing the lower half of the end walls with plywood.  This will help provide better insulation (especially on the north end of the building) and will help reduce our propane use (saving $ and energy is important!). We will be putting new plastic on the upper half of the ends next.

Working on the greenhouse north wall  Working on the greenhouse south wall

We've also started seeding (and this is one thing that is earlier than the past 2 years!).  Thousands(!) of tiny onion, leek and shallot seeds are going into trays.  We make our own planting mix from our used coir from the ginger and turmeric grow bags and add a few other soil amendments for fertility and microbial activity.  It's a great way to use a ready resource that we have available -- and the good news is that it works great!  Once we seed the trays, they go into the "Inner Sanctum" of the greenhouse on heat mats until they germinate.  Think happy, growing thoughts!

Seed trays in the greenhouse

Speaking of special on-farm events, mark your calendar for Saturday, February 13 from 10-2 for our 2nd Annual Valentines Market!  We'll be in our warm greenhouse with several other farm friends and lots of goodies for your loved ones!  More information to come but we wanted to get the date on your calendar!

That's the news for this week!  But Brix, BB & AB, wanted to greet you before we sign off -- or maybe they wanted you to feed them!

Waiting for dinner

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 1/8/2016 3:17pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Braying Brix

Brix says "Happy New Year!!"  And so do we!

Here's hoping that your Holiday Season was filled with joy and all good things.  We really enjoyed the opportunity to take it a bit slower and relax a while.  A bit more cooking, a bit more reading and just hanging out -- good for the soul!

But our list of tasks is quite long so we can't sit back and get too comfy on the couch.....

We've been trying to work through some of the list over the past week.  With all of the rain that we had in late December, we've been doing a lot of work under cover.  We cleared the greenhouse of garlic(!) and installed what we fondly call the "Inner Sanctum."  We partition off about 1/4 of the greenhouse and create a "room" out of heavy plastic sheeting.  This contains the heat in a smaller space and helps us save money by not heating the entire greenhouse (especially the top 5 feet of so!).

Hanging the plastic up for the roof of the Inner Sanctum  Putting up the walls on the inner sanctum

New Year's Eve had us putting two layers of new plastic on the entire greenhouse -- along with a great group of friends!  Since the plastic becomes opaque over time, you really need to recover a greenhouse every 3-5 years.  Ours had a good long life (despite kittens climbing it) for 5 years but we knew it was time to change the cover.  The day was perfect -- warm and very calm -- and the hands were many so the load was lighter.  We got the job done in great time!  A huge thank-you goes to Orville Woodward, Ken Vanhoy, Annette Helsabeck, Matt Mayers, Kay Bergey, and Chris Overby!!

Removing the inner cover from the greenhouse  Attaching the cover to the north end wall  A job well done!

We haven't just been playing with greenhouse plastic, we finally got a temporary shelter built for Brix.  She's not really sure if she likes it but if there is food inside, then it's okay!

Setting the posts for Brix's shelter  Putting up the side walls  Brix checking it out (with hay incentive)  Covered and hay bag in place

Despite the rain, mild weather then cold weather, the plants are doing well!  Raz House is almost filled with lettuce, frisse, kale and chard and the garlic seems like it is growing an inch a day!

Raz House planting  Garlic in the field  Garlic is off to a good start

That's the news for this week!  Stay tuned for a few announcements and surprises next week!  And don't forget to save time in your day for a nap... it's winter, after all!

Detroit snozing on the roll of greenhouse plastic

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/24/2015 11:10am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Santa Ray & Cheryl with the lambs

Wishing you peace, love, happiness -- and lots of laughter -- in this special Season and into the New Year!

Your Farmer Friends -- Cheryl & Ray along with the lambs, BB & AB (plus the other critters!)

 

Posted 12/18/2015 12:10pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Yep, a White Christmas.  That's what we'll have this year!

Field blanket on strawberries

Well...PARTS of the farm will be decked in white, while most of the rest will be in winter brown and green.  But Bing Crosby's crooning was drifting through our heads this morning as we were putting the field blanket on the strawberries.  With temperatures predicted in the low 20's this weekend, it was time to tuck in the little guys.  The plants are looking really good and we want to keep them that way!

Strawberry plant in December  Stretching out the row cover  Holding down the edges with rock bags

The original plan for the day was to put a new cover on the greenhouse but the high wind prediction scrubbed that idea.  We'll try to get that done after Christmas. But this schedule shift allowed us the opportunity to take care of more pre-cold weather tasks (cover the wells, drain and move the pond pump, install heat lamp for the cat, etc.)

Most of the week has been spent on..wait for it...GARLIC!  With the beds all prepared, we were planting fools this week!  The three of us (Ray, Chris & Cheryl) got all of the bulb garlic in by Tuesday (18,088) and made a great start on spring garlic on Wednesday (6,539).  We have to crack a bit more garlic today in order to hit our goal of about 10,000 for spring and we'll get it planted on Monday!  YAY!!!!  And a HUGE shout-out goes to Chris Overby -- this guy can plant garlic faster than anyone, any where!  And he does it right!  Thanks, Chris!

Ray and Chris pulling the dibbler to mark the row for garlic  Chris the garlic planting machine!!  Ray laying out garlic  Detroit helps too  Garlic all tucked in and labeled

Last Minute Jam Needs?

If you find that you need a few more gifts to round out your lists, give us a shout - we are available for on-farm sales by appointment and we are happy to ship any of our jam or garlic products to your out-of-town friends.  Check out our website to order.  In addition, you now have a new place to pick up some of our gift-size jars of jam in Winston-Salem.  Organix Juice Bar (1318 S. Hawthorne Road) is now stocking several of our jams.  Stop by and get a terrific juice (The Dash features our turmeric!) and peruse the great gift items that George has stocked!

 

Jams at Organix Juice Bar

 

And to all a Good Night....

This will be our last edition for the year -- we're taking a few days off to relax over the Holidays.  Thank you for supporting our farm and for sharing what we are doing by reading our newsletter.  We really appreciate your words of support and encouragement as well as your business!  And most of all, we are grateful for your friendship and trust.

Here's wishing you the most wonderful Holiday Season ever!  Happy Hanukkah (belated wishes), Merry Christmas, Joyous Solstice and all good wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!! 

Until 2016,

Cheryl & Ray along with Gesti, Detroit, Brix, BB & AB

Posted 12/11/2015 10:26am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! (We're back on schedule)

It's a foggy morning here at the farm...

Foggy morning at the farm

With the temperatures this week feeling more like October than December, it has been a great week to get field work done.  Most of the focus has been on garlic (surprise!) but we also are getting other areas ready to planting.  We added leaves to the hoophouse in preparation for some of the winter greens we'll be growing there.  It's a tricky process -- we have to cut away part of the covering and dump in the leaves with the tractor bucket.  Since the tractor can't go inside the hoophouse, we have to rake out the leaves from one end to another.  We didn't need any help sleeping on Monday night, for sure!

Adding leaves to Raz House

For the garlic, we decided to use the beds that tomatoes were in this summer.  It gave us some ready-made planting beds in some fairly good soil.  We had planned on having that field in cover crops for about a year but it is so difficult to come up with open land for such a large crop like garlic.  It is especially difficult when you are trying to rotate crops and fields and not plant the same crop in a field more often than every 3 years. 

To get the field ready, we added leaves to the beds, amended with organic fertilizer and tilled with the walk-behind tractor (the Grillo).  Since we had such problems with grass in that field this year, we needed to burn down the grass in the aisles with the flame weeder before we added amendments.  The result?  Beds that are fluffy, gorgeous and easy to plant!  Take a peek!

Burning down the grass in aisles  Adding leacves in the beds to South  Chris tilling up the garlic beds with the Grillo

So now with the beds nicely prepped, all we have to do is finish cracking garlic and plant!  We've already got about 5,000 in the ground (only 14,000 plus the spring garlic left to go!)  Easy-peasy!

Holly Jolly Jam-boree! 

Don't forget!  One last chance to pick up a few last minute farm-fresh Holiday gifts at our Pop-Up Market at the farm greenhouse tomorrow (12/12) from 9-noon.  We'll have lots of Jams (Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle, Raspberry-Cranberry, Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter - several in stocking stuffer sizes), our Famous Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce, Jam Gift Boxes, Garlic Lovers Gift Boxes, beautiful garlic braids, and fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus.

Close-up of paperwhite narcissus flower

We'll have a few veggies including Sweet Potatoes (Garnet and Covington), fresh Baby Turmeric and Garlic Powder & Granules, Garlic Sampler bags and culinary garlic.  

Fresh Organic Baby Turmeric

So mark your calendar and take care of your Holiday shopping list at the farm.  This is our last event until January.  We sure appreciate you shopping local!

And remember that we are happy to ship any of our jam or garlic products.  Check out our website to order and let us take care of the hassle of shipping your gifts.  A taste of Plum Granny Farm is a mighty tasty way to send Holiday greetings to your loved ones. Jam ready to ship

We know the Holiday Season is an especially crazy time of the year but make sure that you take the time to celebrate the traditions that are important to you.  Ray and I have been trying to do a few more things this year to make the Season more real. Last night we were fortunate to be able to attend the Candle Tea in Old Salem. It was Ray's first visit and I hadn't been since elementary school. Very special service in an incredible place.  The volunteers do an amazing job!  This is the last weekend for the Candle Tea - go check it out!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/5/2015 2:53pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Saturday!

It's been a busy week here at the farm and we are running a bit behind.  It took a couple of days to clean up and recover from our Small Business Saturday Holiday Market.  We had a fabulous turnout -- thanks to so many of you for coming out to support small, local businesses!

Greenhouse after Holiday Market

One of our main tasks as 2015 winds down is to get the garlic planted. After spending a couple of days cracking garlic (while it rained), we started planting on Friday. Hurrah! We are going to be a bit squeezed for space this year and we will be planting a bit less than last year.  You'll just have to make sure that you don't wait until the end of the season next year to get your garlic since we may run out sooner!  Here are a few pictures of the process to date:

Ray smoothing the tops of the garlic beds  Detroit gets a scratch from the dibbler   Ray and Chris planting garlic

BB Update:  Our new addition arrived last week; BB's brother Abernathy joined the herd on Wednesday.  They've settled in pretty well together (barring a post-dark breakout of the pasture last Friday night -- VERY scary!)  AB is definitely a big boy and we have to keep coming up with ways to make sure BB gets her fair share of food.  We did a weigh-in yesterday (probably AB's first and last with us!) -- BB was 43 pounds and AB was a whopping 58!  Enjoy a few pictures:

Laura & AB checking out the hutch on Day 1  Ray makes sure that both lambs get a meal  Chowing down on tasty Plum Granny Farm hay

Holly Jolly Jamboree! To give you a chance to pick up a few more last minute Holiday gifts, we are having a Pop-Up Market at the farm on Saturday, December 12th from 9-noon.  We'll have lots of Jams (Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle, Raspberry-Cranberry, Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter and Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce) - several varieties will be available in stocking stuffer sizes.  There will be Jam Gift Boxes, Garlic Lovers Gift Boxes, beautiful garlic braids, fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus, and Mistletoe (each bunch tested and guaranteed to work!)

We'll have a few veggies including Sweet Potatoes (Garnet and Covington), fresh Baby Turmeric and Garlic Powder & Granules, Garlic Sampler bags and culinary garlic.  

So mark your calendar and finish your Holiday shopping at the farm.  Come shop small, ya'll!

Annette with garlic braid

If you have family and friends out of the area, we are happy to ship any of our jam or garlic products.  Check out our website to order and let us take care of the hassle of shipping your gifts.  A taste of Plum Granny Farm is a mighty tasty way to send Holiday greetings to your loved ones.

 Jame gift boxes

In closing, we have some sad news to share.  Our wonderful farm cat, Ajo, was killed by a car on Tuesday.  He was such a loving and sweet cat.  Many of you had the opportunity to meet him at various farm events -- including last Saturday.  Ajo was part of the litter that was born here 2 1/2 years ago to Mama Meow. We are going to miss our fluffy buddy so much. May you find many sunny nap spots, our friend.

Ajo in the garlic planting crate  Ajo on Small Business Saturday

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Mark Your Calendar! Holiday Market on November 25!

It won't be long until our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 25 from 10-3.  This event, now in its 4th year, has become the destination for many visitors to kick off the Holiday Season.  We'll be teaming up again with our friends from Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  There will be lots of vendors at both locations who will offer locally grown and produced items for the perfect gift for Holiday giving.  Feel good about supporting your local small business owners!


 

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