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 26 :: 10:29am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
Kind of a hodge-podge week here at the farm. A bit of this and a bit of that. Perhaps it started with us trying to rid our pantry of miller moths and ending up with a complete makeover of the shelves! Yes, it was a bit of an extreme approach to clearing the pantry, but it is SO much better now!
We had a great visit from the Mount Airy Garden Club on Tuesday. We toured the farm and they got to learn about some of the crops that we currently have growing as well as our history and farming practices. These ladies were really fascinated by the okra! Most of them had not seen our heirloom Burgundy okra before! If you are part of a garden club or some other organization, we are always happy to give tours or presentations at your group's meeting. Just drop us an email and we can work out the details! We are already booking dates in 2017 now!
Our little kitten is still around the farm! We have taken to calling him, "RingBob" (don't ask me why -- because I really don't know!). He and Detroit are becoming pretty good buddies. Now the task is to try to trap him so we can have him neutered and start the process of getting him more acclimated to us.
Summer's waning days bring different light and a different feel to the air. The past few days of cooler weather have been a balm but we can't get too comfortable yet! Being on the cusp of Fall (just 25 more days!), we are between worlds -- some summer, some fall. A few photos of both...
We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including boatloads of fingerling (LaRatte) and standard POTATOES (German Butterball, Bintje and the last of the Nicola and Russet), CURED GARLIC (Red Toch, Music, Georgian Crystal, Purple Italian, Metechi and Lorz Italian), Okra (Heirloom Burgundy and Cajun Jewel), Tomato Fruit Boxes with our prize-winning Cherry Blossom tomatoes, Concord Grapes, Papalo (a Mexican herb similar to cilantro), Basil (Genovese, Rosie and Lemon), and a few Beets. We'll also have Garlic Braids! Don't forget the Garlic Scape Pesto -- have you tried it on a crusty baguette with a slice of tomato?
We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1. Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets. If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.
Today is National Dog Day which recognizes the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. We've had a grand total of 6 dogs in our lives together - each one has been a very special member of our family. Our last two, Mocha and Gesti came to us as shelter pets -- don't forget your local shelter when you are looking to adopt a dog. Who rescued who?
Talk with you soon,
Cheryl & Ray