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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

 

 

 

News and blog

Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Happy Garlic Holidays!

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, December 19 :: 8:10am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Scurrying around to get everything done before the Big Day -- elves?  Well sort of!  It's the Plum Granny Farm crew scurrying to get the garlic in the ground this week!  As of yesterday, we had close to 24,000 cloves planted for bulb and fresh garlic.  Today we're on a push to get the spring garlic in the ground.  It's got to get in there today because of the forecast rain for next week.  Mud + garlic = Yuck

Ray, Chris & Jen planting garlic    Planting garlic  Cats helping plant garlic   

Putting dibbles on the dibbler for spring garlic    Comfy Ajo in the garlic planting supplies

Another farm activity this week has been getting some foundations repaired on a couple of buildings.  We found a really good mason and had him do some work for us.  Time has taken its toll on the Yam Barn & Tobacco Barn foundations so we had them shored up and put in new footings and waterproofing.  We also built out the foundation of the Corral Building that my brother built about 20 years ago -- we hope to get a roof on it before long.  Here's Ray showing the work that was done on the Yam Barn.  More pictures later...

Footings at the Yam Barn

This will be our last edition for the year -- we're taking a few days off to relax over the Holidays.  Thank you for supporting our farm and for sharing what we are doing here by reading our newsletter.  We really appreciate your words of support and encouragement as well as your business! And most of all, we are most grateful for your friendship and trust.

Here's wishing you all the most wonderful Holiday Season ever!  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Solstice and all good wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!! 

Until 2015,

Cheryl & Ray

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It's that Time Again!

 

Plum Granny Farm jam

Yes -- it's the Holiday Season and time to order your gifts of jam and garlic braids!   You can now buy our delicious fruit-forward jams from our online store! Treat yourself or a friend to the taste of fresh-picked berries -- in a jar!  There are 6 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint and Old Fashioned Blackberry. We also have our terrific Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Cooking Sauce!  Several of the varieties are available in gift-size jars.

Click on the "Online Store" tab under the photos on our homepage to get started.  We'll even ship the jam for your gift-giving ease.

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

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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Fresh Pix

 Farmhouse with old and new roof

Out with the old, in with the new!  The farmhouse roof has been in need of some TLC for quite a while.  We finally got around to getting it replaced this month.  We decided to go with a metal roof -- durable and maintenance-free.  The old tin shingles told stories of their past glory and colors.  And now the roof is green -- just like it used to be! 

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