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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- March Madness

Posted 2/18/2017 5:33pm by Cheryl.

 

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Ah, March Madness!  The highs and the lows!  The pounding heartbeat.  The excitement and the despair.  The ups and the downs -- always running.  Oh yeah, there's that basketball thing going on too!

The March Madness that we are dealing with is the crazy weather teamed with an insanely long list of things to do.  Our to-do list is complicated by the swings in the weather.  We go from planting transplants to covering strawberries in a matter of days.  From a high of 74 yesterday to predicted lows of 21 for Wednesday and Thursday, we are scrambling to once again winterize everything.  Oh well, Spring is less than 2 weeks away!

Despite the weather, there's a long list of things on our to-do list and we are getting some things done!  Seeding continues in the greenhouse.  We are getting ready for our own planting as well as for our Open Greenhouse Plant Sales on April 23 and April 30.  We'll have more than 30 varieties of tomatoes (lots of heirloom and hard to find varieties) plus peppers, herbs and lots more.

We've been pruning grapes and the apple trees and the onions will getting a haircut as well.

 

The asparagus is nicely weeded (no more spears yet) and the shallots are clear of weeds too!

 

Yesterday we unloaded the parts for 2 new high tunnels that we'll be building soon.  These high tunnels are not as structured as Raz House but they will be great for a wide variety of crops including tomatoes and possibly strawberries next year.  Stay tuned to see the construction!

Cheryl got to spend part of this week at the Women in Agritourism conference.  This conference was sponsored by NC State University.  It was great to connect with about 50 other women from across the state who are inviting people to their farms -- there are so many great venues out there!

Our last shipment of ginger and turmeric came in from Hawaii yesterday!  The rhizomes are beautiful!  We'll now be cutting them into seed pieces for pre-sprout. If you'd like to grow some for yourself, don't forget about our workshop on Saturday, April 1 from 1-4 to give you the basics of how to grow ginger and turmeric.  This hands-on class will give you the opportunity to plant your own ginger and turmeric seed to take home and learn how to care for it.  The class size is limited to 15 people.  The registration fee is $35.  Click here for a registration form.

Cucumber Update!  These plants are amazing!  They seem to grow about 3 inches every day.  Jack might have met his match with these -- faster than a bean stalk!  We may have cukes in a few weeks.

 

And if you'd like to get in on some of these cucumbers (and our other crops), check out PlumFresh, our Harvest Subscription program. PlumFresh is different than traditional CSAs -- no big up-front payments and it is completely flexible.  There's no requirement to get a box every week and we'll even deliver.  Each week there are 7-9 items in the box.  We have filled 2/3 of our available slots -- so if you are thinking about signing up, better do it soon!  Click here for more information.

This weekend will be a Full Moon.  On Sunday, at 10:54 a.m., the Full Worm Moon will rise.  This name was given by the Native Americans because at this time of year, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

That's it for now!   Don't forget to Spring Forward on Sunday (before the Full Moon!) as Daylight Savings Time begins.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program

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We are pleased to offer the second year of our subscription program, PlumFresh!  This program is not your typical CSA – we offer flexibility, variety and incredibly fresh produce in weekly boxes from May-November.  Our program requires no big up-front charges and members can skip weeks as their schedules and needs warrant.  PlumFresh allows our members to get our popular fruits and specialty crops without having to stand in line at market – and delivery is available!  Last year’s subscribers loved the program – and a limited number of subscriptions are available for the 2017 season.  Click here for more information.

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Growing Ginger and Turmeric at Home!

 

Have you always wanted to grow your own ginger or turmeric?  Are you curious about how this tropical plant grows here in NC?  Come learn all about these wonderful and powerful plants on Saturday, April 1st from 1-4 p.m. here at the farm.  We'll share what we've learned over the past 6 years of growing these great crops and you'll get to take home a ginger and turmeric plant.  This hands on workshop will give you lots of practical advice.  To register, please complete the registration form which is available here.  The cost of the workshop is $35 per person.

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