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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Hop To It!

Posted 4/14/2017 9:32am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Busy, busy, busy!  That's the buzzzzz that's going on in our heads this week!   

Trying to keep the balance of planting, seeding, weeding, setting up irrigation takes some doing, for sure!  There are definitely days where we come to the end and see as many unchecked items on our to-do list as we do the ones with check marks.  We LOVE check marks -- and wish we could see a full page of them at the end of the day.

But there are always good reasons -- irrigation glitches, ornery tractors, rescuing lost dogs, splitting up a hive of bees that are ready to swarm... Interruptions seem to be the norm -- or as we call it, Always Something Farm (ASF)!

Weeding has been high on the priority list for the week.  Despite having been weeded three times already, the garlic looked like it had never been touched.  We all jumped in to tackle that project -- with Chris and Jonny doing most of the heroic efforts.

But at the end of all this hard work came a rainbow at the end of the day -- Klondike Bars!!

Another major task for the week was getting the potatoes planted .  There are now 16 rows of potato-y goodness tucked into Ruth's Field!  Look for them to start showing up at market in late June and early July!

     

Our snacking cucumbers were a big hit at market last week!  There will be more this week and hopefully for weeks to come.  We have 30 more plants to set out!

Our ginger and turmeric are very near being ready for planting.  The seed pieces are still in the milkhouse in the pre-sprout stage -- there are lots of roots and active growing tips.  And there are even some that are saying "Plant Me!" now!  Don't forget that we will have Ginger and Turmeric plants available at our Open Greenhouse and Plant Sale NEXT Sunday, April 23 and April 30.

Chris and Ray got the sites for the next two caterpillar tunnels, Mama Meow and Ajo, set.  Perhaps it was the fact that we decided to use our cat names for these tunnels or it was just the excitement of the measuring string, RingBob decided that this was a fun task to get involved in!  Kittens can make it tough to make precise measurements!

Market Updates

We had a GREAT opening weekend at Cobblestone Farmers Market last week!  Thank you!  It was wonderful to see our friends (you!) back at market!!

It will be busy in Old Salem this weekend.  On Saturday they will be hosting their Easter Festival from 9:30-4:30 complete with an Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 a.m.  Take this into consideration as you travel to market tomorrow.

We will have lots of Certified Organic spring goodness including Spring Garlic, purple and green Asparagus, Salad Mix with Frissé, Swiss Chard (baby and full-size), Kale, Snacking Cucumbers, Beets, Shallot Flowers (try these with your eggs for Sunday Brunch!), Collards (a few), garlic powder and granules, along with our new ginger powder and some bunches of tulips!  And we will also have our delectable jams -- check out the Raspberry-Cranberry to go with your Easter Ham!  We hope to see you on Saturday -- should be a nice day for market.

That's it for now!   We wish you and your family a wonderful Easter and Passover season.  Take a moment to look around you at all of the amazing signs of Spring and the rebirth that the Season brings.

Until next week,

Cheryl and Ray

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4th Annual Open (Green)House and Plant Sale!

 

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb?  Come up to the Farm on Sunday, April 23 and April 30 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to pick out plants for your garden or patio!  We will offer a wide variety of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties.  There will be hundreds of plants available:  tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants.  The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard.  In addition to plants, we will also be selling organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.  

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