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Welcome to Plum Granny Farm!

We're glad you stopped by for a (virtual) visit to our farm and to see what we are up to these days.

Plum Granny Farm is a USDA Certified Organic small family farm located in the north central piedmont area of North Carolina. The farm is set on 54 beautiful acres of rolling countryside just south of Hanging Rock State Park in the Capella community.

We are building on our heritage as a NC Century Farm, as the farm has been in the Ferguson family for over 140 years.  We grow raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, garlic, ginger, specialty veggies, herbs and cut flowers.

Although full-time farming is fairly new to us, we both have deep connections to our farming heritage.  Cheryl grew up on this farm and her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all practiced the art of cultivation on this soil.  Ray has his farming roots in Kansas where his mother grew up amid some of the most beautiful soil that has ever been seen.

Our approach to farming is to nurture the soil and the land to return it to its optimal state.  Building the soil with cover crops, compost and manure will help us produce better, healthier crops and is an essential part of our sustainability.

We hope you'll stop by frequently to check out our blog and check on the crops.  Our website will continue to grow and develop just as our farm continues to do.  So join us in our adventure!

Here's to good growing and good eating!

Cheryl & Ray

Ray & Cheryl, owners of Plum Granny Farm

Photo:  Walt Unks, Winston-Salem Journal

 

 

 

News and blog

Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for December 21, 2018 -- Soggy Solstice

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, December 23 :: 10:28am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Photo credit:  Buffalo Creek Farm & Creamery Facebook page

When life gives you mud puddles.... you keep on trudging on if you are a farmer!  After a bit of sunshine this week, we are back to rain.  Going on 1.75 inches...  and it's pouring now.

Unfortunately all of this precipitation has had a serious impact on one of our main crops:  GARLIC!  Since the fields are so saturated, we aren't able to get the beds formed and the garlic planted.  Ray got the fields tilled and fertilized before the snowstorm but beds still need to be formed in order to plant.  We've had about 6 inches of rain and snowmelt since then.  We hope that we can get into the fields just after the first of the year.  Keep your fingers crossed (and do a little sun dance) -- unfortunately we are seeing predictions of rain late next week.  Heavy panicked sigh...

But let's look on the bright side shall we?  Brix says that her curls really pop with all this moisture! (Work with me, folks ...I'm trying here!)

Beyond slipping and slogging along, things are getting done around here!  If we can't plant garlic, at least we got some flower bulbs in the ground!

And Mia has been giving Ray tips on milking Cara.

And the cats are most grateful for these lessons (especially RingBob!)

More hay has been mowed to keep our hay-burner (and her baby) happy.  Cara comes running when she sees the truck pull in with a load of fresh-mown grass.

4, 3, 2, 1 .... Attention Procrastinators!

We are now just FOUR days away from Christmas!  Although shipping deadlines have passed, we can still arrange for you to come by the farm to pick up any last-minute gifts. Lots of choices remain on our website -- tasty jams, delicious garlic and ginger powders, a few braids and lavender sachets and more!  Please note that if you order on the website and want to pick up at the farm, please choose the "Invoice Only" option.

 

This is our last Weekly Update for the year -- we're taking a few days off to relax over the Holidays. We are decking the halls, clearing away the clutter of the season and kicking back to watch some favorite films (Miracle on 34th Street and other Christmas classics, anything with Fred Astaire... Thank goodness for Turner Classic Movies!)  And a nap or two is probably in order.

As we close out the year, we would like to say thanks for reading this newsletter and passing it along to your friends.  We are so grateful of your support of our farm and your interest in what we are doing.  Your comments about these newsletters and our products really help us do what we do -- especially in a challenging year like this one.  We cherish your words of support and encouragement as well as your business!  And most of all, we are most grateful for your friendship and trust.

Here's wishing you the most wonderful Holiday Season ever!  Joyous Solstice, Merry Christmas and all good wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!! 

Until 2019,

Cheryl & Ray along with Gesti, Detroit, Brix, BB, Tony, RingBob, Cara and Mia





 

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Want to Join Our Team?

It's time to gear up for the 2019 Season!  We are looking for highly motivated full-time and part time team members to assist with a wide variety of tasks related to production, harvest and sale of vegetables, fruits, herbs and transplants.  We offer a positive work environment near beautiful Hanging Rock State Park.  We work hard, take pride in our work, respect our team and have fun.  

Work is available now for the right candidate.  Pay is hourly, starting wage dependent on experience.  No housing is available and no tobacco use is allowed on the farm premises. You must have your own reliable transportation to the farm.  All candidates must fill out an application.  If you have a resume, please send it to farm@plumgrannyfarm.com.  No phone calls please.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

Do you want the latest news from the farm? How about the opportunity to reserve items for pick-up at market? Join our mailing list for our "Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update"!




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Watch Us!

Ray talks ginger with Lisa

Check out the terrific feature that Flavor, NC did on Plum Granny Farm!  You can view the episode at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365069548/  They did a great job showing our garlic, ginger & berry production - plus a few other surprises! We are paired with Chef Jay from Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen who makes some wonderful garlic recipes!  Enjoy!

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