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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 September 15, 2017 -- The Last Glorious Days of Summer

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, September 17 :: 11:49am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Yep.  It's always something around here.  We even have our own code for it:  ASF - Always Something Farm.  This morning was one of those days.  Before 8, Gesti started barking and we noticed that my cousin's cows were out of the pasture and darting across Highway 66.  Not a good place for a cow to be. So off we go trying to keep the cows off the road and get them back in the pasture.  It seemed like they were in the mooood for a stroll -- and even a run -- as they wandered all around the area.  They were crossing creeks and nibbling on the smörgåsbord of tasty treats along their path:  corn, soybeans, grass (they weren't interested in the tobacco though).  Finally after about 1 1/2 hours, we were able to get them back in the pasture. All in a days work (Was this on the to-do list this morning?!).  ASF!


Whew!  We feel like we dodged a bullet.  Hurricane Irma kindly bypassed us -- just leaving about an inch of rain and some downed branches and tossed chairs.  Heavy winds but thankfully no damage.  We are grateful.  And we also grateful to all of you who offered generators or ideas about who had them in stock.  Our friends Deb and Don Fox at Greenberries Farm loaned us their generator on Friday so we were prepared -- just in case.  And it was great that we didn't have to use it.  Our hearts go out to farmers and others who were in Irma's path.  Achieving some level of normalcy will be a slow and painful process for them.

Field Report

We are starting to see some results of the planting and seeding we have been doing!  The beans are looking great -- both the pole and the bush!  More trellising was needed as they keep growing.  And there are lots of tiny beans on the vines!

 

And the heirloom Seminole Squash are starting to produce!  Good thing -- because the vines are about to take over the Demo Garden!

Seed Garlic and Garlic Workshop Update

We are about a month away from the beginning of garlic planting time.  Seed garlic will be available from us next week. The great thing about buying seed garlic locally is that it is acclimated to our environment -- you aren't taking garlic from the Pacific Northwest or upstate New York and trying to get it to perform well here in the Piedmont.  Plus it is Certified Organic!  And don't forget our garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 8 from 2-5!  Make sure you get your registration in soon since the class always sells out!  For more information, check out our website.

What's Under the Purple and White Tents?

Tomorrow is the day that many of you have been waiting for!  The return of the Chile Roaster!

We will have our trusty roaster at market tomorrow  -- follow your nose!  Samples of freshly roasted chile and sweet peppers will be available and we'll have frozen fresh-roasted chile available for sale.  We'll also have lots of other peppers: Shishitos, Poblano Peppers, New Mexico-type Green Chile, Ashe County Sweet Pimentos, Purple Beauty Peppers and some candy-sweet Picnic Peppers.

Our Potato Bar is getting a bit thin but we'll have LaRatte Fingerlings and the last of the Bintje along with Creamer Potatoes and Teeny Tiny Taters.  This week's featured GARLIC is Redneck Wild!  and we'll also have Inchelium Red, Music, Chesnok, Lorz Italian and Elephant. You'll also find Garlic Powder, Microgreens, Pea Shoots, a little bit of Okra, Daikon Radishes (NEW!). Tomato Fruit Boxes (featuring our award-winning Chocolate Drops), a few Slicing Heirloom Tomatoes, the last of the Grimes Golden Apples, Heirloom Eggplant, the first of the Muscadine Grapes, Dill, Italian Parsley, Rosemary and more!  If you would like us to hold an item for you, please let us know by 10:00 p.m. tonight.

That's it for this week!  Let's say goodbye to the Cassini Spacecraft which ended its odyssey at 6:30 a.m. today.  I have been intrigued this week by all of the interviews and articles about this mission and the team that has worked so hard for so many years.  After launching in 1997, traveling nearly a million miles and reaching the Saturn system in 2004, Cassini spent 13 years exploring the planet and its moons. The data and images led to numerous discoveries that changed how scientists think about our solar system.

Here's a photo of the folks that developed and guided Cassini over the years.  What amazing teamwork!

Enjoy these last glorious days of Summer here on Earth!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Wanna Grow Garlic?

Want to know how to grow great garlic in your backyard?  Join Farmers Cheryl & Ray as they share their garlic growing tips based on their 9 years of experience.  This popular, hands-on workshop will give you the essentials of home production, as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  Great garlic is easy to grow—if you know the basics, such as choosing the right seed; when to plant; and how to harvest and cure your crop!  The cost of the workshop is $32 which includes ½ pound of Certified Organic seed garlic.  Space is limited to the first 15 paid registrants.  Click here for a registration form.

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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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