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, June 26 :: 7:11am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
I goofed. Numbers are very important to us here at the farm and I seemed to have a wrong one stuck in my head. Instead of planting 35,000 cloves last fall, it was more like 25,000 (don't you round to the nearest 10,000?). So when I tell you that our harvest was 23,867 bulbs, the difference isn't nearly as big between what was planted and what was harvested. It's actually a pretty great return. But given that we had our Garlic A-Team planting last fall, it's no surprise. It feels SO good to have the garlic harvested -- a full 3 weeks ahead of the usual time.
Now that all of the garlic is out of the ground, we are busily trying to get it trimmed, graded, cleaned and hung in the barn (we have garlic tucked into every nook and cranny that we can find right now!) Here's where you can come in! We'll be hosting another Crop Mob on Monday, June 29 starting at 9 a.m. to handle those tasks! This work is quite pleasant -- sitting under the shade of the Tobacco Barn or in the Yam Barn with the fan blowing. And Monday's temperatures are supposed to be very pleasant (mid-80's!!). We need about 8-10 volunteers to help us blast through -- are you available to help? We'll provide lunch, music and pleasant conversation! You'll be helping us move through an important part of the garlic harvest. Please let us know if you would like to be part of the Mob -- either respond to this email or call 336-994-2517.
Yes, it has been a dreadfully hot week here at the farm. Humans and critters have all been laboring under what feels like a hot, wet wool blanket with temps in the upper 90's (2 days were 100+). The honey bees have also been trying to cope with the heat. They have been hanging out on their porch a lot and searching for water anywhere that they can find it. Heard them buzzing around this knot in a tree -- thought that maybe they had swarmed but they were just looking for water. Ray helped them out by putting a container with water just outside their hive -- have to keep the girls comfortable!
Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 12 from 1-5 p.m. We have joined with 4 other farms in Forsyth, Stokes and Surry Counties to host the first Northern Triad Farm Tour! This free tour gives you a chance to go behind the scenes of 5 very diverse farms -- it will be a lot of fun for the whole family. For more information check out our Facebook page or get directions here. We will also have flyers at market. Spread the word!
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). There will be lots of Fresh Garlic (Red Toch and Chesnok), French Red Shallots, Black Raspberries, Blackberries, Swiss Chard, artichokes, frissé, Allium flowers (last week!) and beautiful Oriental Lilies -- all Certified Organic! You can also order Organic Sweet Potato Slips. And don't forget the jam! Heads up on the Old Salem Market for next week -- market starts EARLY (from 8-11) due to Independence Day activities at Old Salem.
Stay cool and keep smiling -- this sweltering heat is about to break! Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray