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, July 24 :: 9:10am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
I think they call it "Summer Slump" -- that point in mid-summer when the plants seem to be giving up, the weeds are doing their happy dance, and the farmers are just plain tired. Yep -- sounds like the state of things here at Plum Granny Farm!
It's hard after you get through the rush of an amazing blackberry season, a phenomenal farm tour and great garlic harvest. There's always a bit of a let-down. But we have to keep on moving forward! So what do farmers do when the slump hits? Plant more things!! (well, we would LIKE to go to the Outer Banks.... but since we can't.....)
Yes, we have been busy planting! The okra and sweet potatoes that we got in the ground last week look amazing and the beans -- Wow! Just take a look! I keep wondering if the beans were planted by Jack.
We've also been busy seeding in the greenhouse -- kale, swiss chard, lettuces, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, pak choy, tat soi and even pansies and johnny jump-up violas! A preview of things to come.
With a newly planted field, now is the best time to get the weeds under control. We use our flame weeder for a lot of these tasks -- we were able to knock down any of the weeds in the beans the day before the plants emerged! It's all about timing! Here's Chris demonstrating his skill with the flamer!
We continue to plant more strawberry tips for our 2016 crop -- we need about 3,500 plants so we can expand our strawberry field and have plants for sale this fall. Another group of youth from the Leadership In Training program at YMCA Camp Hanes visited yesterday as part of their week of community service activities. They helped us get more plants out of the field and into trays! Thanks so much for your help, Campers!
Other Farm Doings
Potato harvest has begun! Those delicious little packages of yummy potato-iness will show up on our table at market this week. Here's Ray bushhogging the field to get ready for the harvest.
We also got up the shade structure on the east side of the greenhouse to give some relief to the turmeric and rhubarb. I think the plants are happier already!
Find us under the purple tent at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (Saturday, 9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA (Wednesday, 11-1). We will have the first of our potatoes! We'll have LaRatte fingerlings as well as a new potato to us, Binjte. These heirloom potatoes are of Dutch origin but also widely cultivated in Belgium, the country that insists it invented frites. We tried an early batch and are happy to report they are excellent!
We'll also have cured garlic -- Inchelium Red, Music, Chesnok and Lorz Italian. There will be lots of French Red Shallots, Tomato Fruit Boxes, Cabbage (Caraflex - a European favorite), Swiss Chard and artichokes -- all Certified Organic! And back by popular demand -- we'll also be sampling Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Cheesecake and will have special pricing on Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter.
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).
Tomorrow is Culinarians Day -- a special day for anyone who cooks. You don't have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to cook and enjoy the results - and we know that applies to all of you! And thanks for using local and Organic produce in those dishes!
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray