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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Red, White and Blackberries!

Posted 7/3/2017 3:40pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Wow!  We are still amazed at our terrific turnout for last Sunday's Northern Triad Farm Tour!  And probably a bit dazed as well.  We had nearly 200 people visit the farm!!  Thank you so much for sharing a bit of farm life with us -- lots of familiar faces and bunches of new folks too -- it was great seeing you enjoy our farm.  We are still trying to put away the errant sign or hay trailer but we are slowly getting back to our so-called normal around the farm.

Extra special THANK YOUS go out to our amazing volunteers -- Orville, Annette, Jenny, Bob, Millis, Matt, Katie, Rett, Thor and Jonny along with Debbie and the Plum Granny Pickers!  A million thank yous to all of you for helping us pull this event off!

There was a terrific article in today's The Stokes News about the tour -- many thanks to Amanda Dodson for coming out to visit the farm and for spreading the word about how farms build community!  The participating farms logged in more than 600 visitors.

Enjoy a few of the photographs from one of our volunteer photographers, Rett Alsbrook, shared.

       

What's Going On?

As we try to stop our head from post-tour spinning, we've been trying to concentrate on getting garlic harvested, trimmed and hung.  This is the time of year when we play "Trailer and Curver Rubik's Cube."  Garlic seems to be EVERYWHERE!  We've had garlic spread out on trailers in any protected space that we can put them.  But then we need the trailers for other things (like hay).  We use curvers (aka bulb crates) to store garlic while we are waiting to grade it for size or after it has been graded and is waiting to be hung -- but we need the curvers for potato harvest.  And sometimes you find yourself trying to squeeze a trailer out of a very tight space (how did Ray get this thing in here?!) to make sure the garlic is sheltered.  So we unload, reload  -- twist and turn.  It can be a rather difficult game to play -- but somehow we make it work (by the hair on our chinny, chin, chin!)! 

Photo Note:  Objects are MUCH closer than they appear!!  We had about an inch to spare on either side of the trailer as Ray pulled it out of the barn.

Last Friday night and early Saturday morning, we had some pretty heavy winds.  We had been having some challenges with the cover on our new caterpillar tunnel, so Ray ventured out at 1:00 a.m. to check it.  Not good news.

The cover had completely blown off -- but the good thing is that the ropes that hold it on were intact, so the plastic had just collapsed on one side.  I'm really glad that it's summer and we don't have to worry about cold temperatures!

We got the cover back on yesterday -- all's well!  But we will be using a different cover attachment method for our next caterpillar, for sure!

Blackberry Summer!

The blackberries are starting to come in -- some of you were able to snag a pint of Ouachita berries last weekend.  Our largest planting, Triple Crown, is just starting to ripen.  To celebrate the 4th of July, we are planning a Blackberry Pick-Your-Own on Tuesday, July 4 from 9-noon.  We hope to have several blackberry PYO days this season, so don't worry if you can't make this one!

Hey, Hey, Hay!  Yay!

I guess the third time is really the charm!  After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, we finally got the rest of the hay up yesterday.  We need 4 good, dry days in a row to make hay, and this week the weather and timing was perfect.  It's a beautiful and fragrant crop.  Is that Tony I hear...?

Harvest Help Wanted! If you (or an interested and responsible teen child) are looking for a part-time job, we are looking for a couple of folks to help us with berry and other crop harvest.  Contact us for more details.

That's it for now!  May you have a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!  Make sure your pets are well-secured during fireworks displays.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

 

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