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
Photo: Walt Unks, Winston-Salem Journal
Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, August 28 :: 9:14am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
What a gorgeous few days we've been having! Really gets us to thinking about the fall days ahead and all of the things that need to get done before the official start of autumn! I was really reminded of that yesterday as I read Chris Blanchard's Purple Pitchfork blog. He said that a day's difference in planting in the fall is equal to a week's difference in the spring. This is because day length begins to shorten at the same time the high temperatures reduce. As a result, plant growth begins to decelerate, and that deceleration has a cumulative effect. So many times in farming we feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland -- running around with our pocket watch and frantically crying, "I'm late! I'm late!"
In our repertory of tasks that we juggle, we have a new addition -- a very small addition! Say "Hello" to BB, the latest member of Team Plum Granny!
BB (aka Black Beauty and Celia) is a tiny Icelandic-Finnsheep cross bottle baby. She came to us from Laura Frazier, farmer & owner of FarmGirl Arts. BB was born premature and is just like an infant -- she requires feeding every 3 hours -- guess now we know why we didn't have kids! Ray agreed to be the lead with BB (while Cheryl is trying to learn Donkey) -- it's great how we share responsibilities! BB is currently living in a large dog crate in the bathroom - with lots of time outside. In about a month, we'll be able to move her outside permanently. But she has to get a lot bigger -- she's just over 5 pounds now! Laura has kindly agreed to take care of her while we are at our tent at market, so stop by the FarmGirl Arts booth at the top of the Cobblestone Old Salem Market and say "hi" to BB and Laura!
Take Me Out to the Ballgame...
Team Plum Granny had a reunion of sorts on Sunday evening with Cheryl, Ray, Chris & Summer met up with Jen & Bea at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game. It was great to catch up with Jen and hear about her new life in Mebane/Durham. And we got to see Miss Babe Ruth (the Grasshoppers' Bat-Dog) before she heads into retirement and topped it off with a Grasshoppers win!
We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). Our famous Garlic Scape Pesto is back! We will also have lots of cured garlic (Red Toch, Music, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Lahontan along with Elephant Garlic), Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes, Saladettes, slicers and paste tomatoes), along with a few containers of Shishito Peppers, Okra and Muscadines -- all Certified Organic. This will likely be the last week for our Organic LaRatte fingerling potatoes, Concord Grapes, Summer Pippin Apples and French Red Shallots. And our jams are quickly disappearing -- we have Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Cranberry and Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter remaining!
We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).
Enjoy the Full Moon tomorrow and savor the last days of Summer!
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray