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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Berry Good!

Posted 7/9/2017 11:40am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! Welcome to July! 

The familiar heat and humidity of the month are settling in -- ah, summer in the South!  But the cicadas have started their sweet summer song and the okra, sweet potatoes and peanuts are enjoying their favorite kind of weather.  Let's make the best of this, shall we?

What's Going On?

The garlic harvest is over (yay!!!) and the potato harvest has begun.  Yesterday we started harvesting the LaRatte fingerling potatoes from Ruth's Field.  The conditions were perfect -- the soil was dry so it just fell off of the potatoes.  A pretty respectable yield so far!

 

Farm life challenges one to become creative.  There are always machines that need to be fixed and work-arounds to be engineered.  I think the term "hack" must have come from a farmer.  We are quite adept at farm hacks.  Our most recent challenge has been with our truck, Farmy.  It seems that the transmission is failing so it will not go into reverse.  Do you know how many times you need to back up a farm truck??  So we are learning how to position the vehicle so that gravity will do the trick for us.  Pretty impressive, huh?  Here's Jonny getting a trailer into the barn -- that's stunt-driver worthy!

Red, White and Blackberries!

We celebrated the 4th in true Plum Granny Farm style -- with a blackberry pick-your-own!  It was a perfect morning and the berries were plentiful.  Close to 100 pounds of berries found their way home with our happy customers.   Thanks to Dorothy for sharing this great photo of her daughter!

Market Updates

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem Saturday from 9-noon.  You will find lots of Certified Organic produce including several varieties of FRESH GARLIC and hopefully some of the first cured garlic, BLACKBERRIES, Shishito Peppers, Caraflex and Napa Cabbage, Kale, Swiss Chard, Cucumbers, fresh Green Chile, Poblano Peppers, Jalapenos, bunches of Italian Parsley and Basil, along with our everlasting garlic flowers.  We'll also have our heavenly-scented Stargazer Oriental Lilies!  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 now!  Enjoy Sunday's Full Moon rising at 12:07 a.m.  This is the Full Buck Moon because at this time of year, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

A moon-flooded prairie; a straying 

Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying 

Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming 

Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming 

Of fireflies eddying nigh, — And that is July!

–James N. Matthews (1852–1910)

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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