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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update October 6, 2017 -- Oh, October!

Posted 10/8/2017 3:22pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Welcome October!

Watching the Full Moon rise last night was amazing.  When I first saw it peeking over the treeline, it was deep orange.  It reminded me of The Great Pumpkin, of Peanuts lore.  This Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, which is the first full moon after the Autumnal Equinox.  It's called the Harvest Moon because its bright light allowed farmers to harvest crops a bit longer during the day.  The moon rises at sunset and sets around sunrise, so this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.  We farmers need our extra light this time of year!

Fair Time!

Your farmers did sneak away for a while on Monday to catch a bit of the Dixie Classic Fair.  We are big fair fans and really miss the New Mexico State Fair (if you are ever in Albuquerque in early September, put this on your Must See List).  It was great seeing the kids show off their prize cows at the Junior Dairy Cow Show. 

 

It was also great to see our friends Houck and K.B. Medford there.  They were documenting the Sifford Family's experiences in the livestock competitions during the fair.  Check out some of their posts on Instagram -- @houck_medford  or his website.  You might recognize some folks there!

Field Report

The hay has all been baled and is stored away!  Hooray!

And the Seminole Squash vines that have been steadily covering the lawn in the Demo Garden has now been safely corralled.  Bunches of little winter squashes on this massive vine!  We've been calling this the Hobbit House -- I think it is now the Hobbit House and Gardens!

 

And Detroit can always be counted on to find the highest perch possible to scout for any invading tuna.

Meanwhile, RingBob prefers the camouflaged approach.

Garlic Workshop Cancelled

We are sorry but we had to cancel this year's Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop due to the high likelihood of storms and rain on Sunday.  You'll get a chance next October to learn more about growing this amazing crop!

What's Under the Purple and White Tents?

Tomorrow at Cobblestone Farmers Market -- THINK PINK!  We'll have bunches of FRESH BABY GINGER Baby Ginger is an amazing seasonal treat to be savored!  We'll have recipes and care instructions.

There will be more beans again this week!  From the delicious purple-striped Dragon Tongue Flat Pod Beans (absolutely delicious roasted!) to the delicate Tavera haricot verts, you'll find lots of bean-y goodness on our tables.

You'll also find fresh peppers of all types: Shishitos, Poblano Peppers, New Mexico-type Green Chile, Ashe County Sweet Pimentos, Purple Beauty Peppers, Jupiter Sweet Red Peppers, the sweet habenero Aji Dulce and candy-sweet Picnic Peppers. And even though the roaster has exited for the season, we'll have freshly roasted green chile (Joe Parker, Big Jim and Poblano) in our freezer. 

We'll also have more of our Heritage Muscadine and Scuppernong Grapes along with Frissé, a little bit of Okra, Daikon Radishes, Heirloom Eggplant, Snow Peas, freshly cut Herbs (Dill, Italian Parsley, Rosemary) and maybe some Tomatoes.   In the Garlic Department, you'll find Inchelium Red, Music, Georgian Crystal, Chesnok, Lorz Italian and Elephant plus the Cream of the Crop Seed Garlic (Chesnok, Lahontan and Elephant). 

Don't forget -- if you want to grow some strawberries at home, we will have 4-packs of Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants available at market tomorrow.  These are from tips that we collected in August and have been growing in the greenhouse.

All of our products are Certified Organic and are grown by us!  If you would like us to hold an item for you, please let us know by 10:00 p.m. tonight.

Enjoy these gorgeous October days.  And keep your eyes open for little moments of beauty and wonder.  They can help us get through these challenging times.

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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