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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 for August 10, 2018 -- To Market, To Market!

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, August 12 :: 11:22am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 
Fall is on our minds!  Yes, it is about 6 weeks until the first day of Autumn and that makes our hearts (and pace) quicken!  We are doing lots of prep to get ready for the fall season including trying some new things.  Let's take a look, shall we?

Fields are getting prepped for cover crops.  This is where the potatoes were this season.  We are getting a quick crop of buckwheat in now (bees LOVE the flowers!) and will be following up with other cover crops to overwinter.

We are also preparing to plant fall brassicas such as kale, cabbage, collards, kohlrabi and broccoli.  Here Chris is using the flame weeder to remove the weeds on the tops of the beds.  A brief burst of flame will cause the plant to die -- you don't have to totally burn it.  This is a quick and effect way to weed.

The greenhouse looks like spring again!  LOTS of trays with seedlings popping up.  This is a tray of salad turnips.

Beets are popping!  We are doing an experiment between transplanting beets (foreground) and direct seeding (at the back of the bed) to see which produces the best quality.  By doing trials such as this, we are better able to refine our production techniques.  Always learning!

Peppers are popping too!  The Pepper House (aka Raz House) is FULL of beautiful pepper plants LOADED with peppers.  Most of them need to ripen but our shishitos are ready now and we'll have the first of them at Market Saturday.

The close-up of the plant above is a Marconi, an Italian heirloom that is very sweet when it ripens.  The perfect pepper for a sauté with onions and garlic! These should be ready in about a month.

We are also taking care of what most consider "Summer" crops.  Our field tomatoes are looking great!  The plants are loaded with fruit and, as usual, we should have tomatoes l-o-n-g after everyone else is done for the year!

But we have also just started our fall/winter tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse!  Won't they be wonderful for Small Business Saturday?

We got BB and Tony moved to their alternate paddock this week -- and we brought in some very special helpers all the way from Houston!

 

Cheryl's nephew, Scott, and his family are visiting this week so we put his daughters, Sophia and Sydney to work!  They didn't seem to mind too much!  When asked for a comment, all Tony could say was "Mrmph, mmrph, mmrph!"  I think that was a compliment!

August brings many things but one of our treasured moments is watching the Perseid Meteor Showers.  When we lived in New Mexico, there was some mighty fine skywatching opportunities but hopefully we'll catch a break here in Piedmont NC this weekend.  Currently the forecast calls for clear skies overnight on Saturday night and Sunday early morning.  The Perseids peak August 12-13. Thanks to a new moon, the days before and after will also provide nice, dark skies. Look for shooting stars a few hours after twilight until dawn on the days surrounding the peak.  Happy Meteor Watching!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update!

We had a great Blackberry Season this year!  Thanks so much to all of you for coming out to the farm to pick our tasty berries!  See you in 2019!

Wait List Opportunities Available for PlumFresh Memberships

UPDATE!  We are currently taking reservations for our waiting list as all of our subscriptions are Sold Out.

Would you like to get a box of delicious, Organic food every week?  Do you like to cook?  Do you want to ensure that your family is getting the freshest and safest food available?  Check out our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription program!  It offers you incredible flexibility without big upfront charges.  For more information, click here.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

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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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