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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Welcome September!

Posted 9/3/2017 12:46pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy September!

Hard to believe that the calendar has turned again and that we are in September!  But at least the month will somewhat match the cooler weather we have had the past week.  Jackets and second layers have come out of the closet these chilly mornings.  The trees are starting to subtly change colors and the air is heavy with morning dew.

And the yellows of fall are popping up all over!

As we move into fall, we start planning our strawberry crop for the next year.  We decided to carry over this year's field and add some new plants -- both from tips that we have grown out as well as some from a great organic grower, Banner Greenhouse.  On Tuesday, Cheryl drove to Durham to meet up with their truck and brought home about 700 really beautiful plants!  We'll be planting around September 15.

And speaking of planting, lots is still going on.  Our new raised bed is now full of a couple thousand carrot seeds!  Keep your fingers crossed!!

Our plantings of other crops so far are doing well.  Let's take a look:

  Frisse is doing great in the Wally Caterpillar.

  Beans are really taking off!  Shouldn't be long before we have blooms.

  Starting to get the first flowers on the sweet potatoes.

  The muscadine and scuppernong grapes are almost ready -- we hope we will have them at market next week!

Garlic Workshop Reminder

We are getting great response to our 3rd Annual hands-on garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 8 from 2-5!  This very popular workshop will provide extensive information on garlic growing as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  In addition to instruction, participants will receive 1/2 pound of Certified Organic seed garlic.  Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration and prepayment is required.  Cost of the course is $32.  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com for a registration form or pick up one at market.

What Will Be On Our Table?

We are still in-between on lots of crops but we will have a nice array of items tomorrow at Cobblestone Farmers Market!  A new item this week is super sweet Picnic Peppers!  These little peppers have almost no seeds and are candy-sweet and oh-so-pretty!

We'll also have lots of other great Certified Organic produce on our tables.  In the pepper world, we'll have Shishitos (and back by popular demand samples of the Creamy Chilled Shishito Pepper Soup!), Poblano Peppers, New Mexico-type Green Chile, Ashe County Sweet Pimentos, and Purple Beauty Peppers.  The Potato Bar is stocked with LaRatte Fingerlings and Bintje along with Creamer Potatoes and Teeny Tiny Taters.  You'll find GARLIC!  (this week's feature:  Spanish Roja along with Inchelium Red, Music, Chesnok, Lahontan, Lorz Italian and Elephant), GARLIC POWDER, Microgreens, Okra (we have more this week!), Tomato Fruit Boxes (featuring our award-winning Chocolate Drops), Slicing Heirloom Tomatoes, Grimes Golden Apples, Heirloom Eggplant, Dill, Italian Parsley, Rosemary, Garlic Chives 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! 

We are keeping the folks in Texas and the Gulf in our hearts and prayers this week.  Cheryl's nephew and his family live in Houston and were seriously impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Their house was flooded and they have been staying with friends -- at least they are safe. In addition to those in the urban areas, many farmers and ranchers have been devastated by the flooding and torrential rains.  Let's all try to do something to help the folks in this area.  Only by pulling together can we help our fellow citizens pick up the pieces of their lives.

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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