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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update September 8, 2017 -- Stormy September! Got Generator?

Posted 9/10/2017 12:06pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

We're all a bit nervous around here today as we look at Hurricane Irma's path.  Our thoughts and prayers go to those already impacted by the storm and we hope that those in her path have made their way to safety.

Even though Irma's path is still unknown, forecasters are calling for us to get some impact.  We are trying to make plans for the worst -- especially power outages.  Which brings us to a request:  we are looking to borrow a generator for a week as a back-up for our freezers.  All of our jam berries are in the freezers and we really don't want to lose them.  We have tried to purchase or rent one this week but they are all out.  Anyone out there have a generator that we could borrow?  [UPDATE:  A kind friend loaned us a generator!) Thank you Greenberries Farm!!]

We did get quite a bit of rain this week -- nearly 2 inches since Saturday -- but the new plantings were very happy for the moisture.  And Brix?  Maybe not so much.

But after the rain and fog cleared on Wednesday, the air was super clear and crisp and everything looked amazing!

More planting this week!  Beets, salad turnips, lettuce, collards and chard are all snuggled into their beds.  Grow, little plants -- grow!

We have been in the path of Duke Energy's tree trimming program.  That's good (less chance of a power outage this winter) and sometimes not so good if you have to lose 1/2 of a beloved tree.  But for us, we have been able to benefit from the chipped wood from the trimmings!  Their contractor, Asplundh, asked if we wanted some of the chipped wood and we jumped on the chance to get it!  This is a great way for us to help the arborist and for them to help us!  Asplundh frequently has to drive all over looking for places to dump the chips.  This is what 5 loads of wood chips looks like:

This will be great for use as mulch in pathways, along the farm road and more organic matter for our soil.  Yippee!

We were getting impatient for our ginger crop and decided to go ahead and harvest a little bit for our PlumFresh members this week.  It's looking good -- but will do better with a bit more fertilizer and another hilling. You'll start seeing it at market in early October.  Patience!

Seed Garlic and Garlic Workshop Update

Several of you have been asking about buying seed garlic from us.  We will definitely have some and will start selling it in about 2 weeks.  The "official" start to garlic planting season begins around Columbus Day (October 9) so you have plenty of time!  And don't forget our garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 8 from 2-5!  For more information, check out our website.

What's Under the Purple and White Tents?

We are still waiting for the newly planted crops to come in but there's still a lot on our tables tomorrow at Cobblestone Farmers Market!   In the pepper world, we'll have Shishitos, Poblano Peppers, New Mexico-type Green Chile, Ashe County Sweet Pimentos, Purple Beauty Peppers and a few candy-sweet Picnic Peppers. Here's Jonny harvesting shishito peppers for tomorrow's market:

The Potato Bar will have LaRatte Fingerlings and Bintje along with Creamer Potatoes.  You'll find lots of GARLIC!  (this week's feature:  Pyongyang along with Inchelium Red, Music, Chesnok, Lorz Italian and Elephant), GARLIC POWDER, Microgreens, Pea Shoots, some Okra, Tomato Fruit Boxes (featuring our award-winning Chocolate Drops), a few Slicing Heirloom Tomatoes, Grimes Golden Apples, Heirloom Eggplant, Muscadine Grapes, Dill, Italian Parsley, Rosemary, Garlic Chives, Mexican Mint Marigold (a substitute for tarragon with edible flowers) and more!  If you would like us to hold an item for you, please let us know by 10:00 p.m. tonight.

That's it for this week!  Sunday is Grandparents Day, if you are fortunate enough to have them in your life, be sure to pay them a visit or at least give them a call.  Our grandparents were very important as we were growing up.  Both of us owe our farm connection to grandparents -- Ray to his maternal grandparents in Kansas and Cheryl to her paternal grandparents who farmed the land that we farm now. We miss them and sure wish we could have them here -- we'd definitely be asking them millions of questions!

Wishing you and yours safety as Irma heads our way.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Wanna Grow Garlic?

Want to know how to grow great garlic in your backyard?  Join Farmers Cheryl & Ray as they share their garlic growing tips based on their 9 years of experience.  This popular, hands-on workshop will give you the essentials of home production, as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  Great garlic is easy to grow—if you know the basics, such as choosing the right seed; when to plant; and how to harvest and cure your crop!  The cost of the workshop is $32 which includes ½ pound of Certified Organic seed garlic.  Space is limited to the first 15 paid registrants.  Click here for a registration form.

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