Farm description

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 November 10, 2017 -- Do The Pre-Freeze Hustle!

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, November 12 :: 8:17am

Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!

I think Jack Frost finally located us on Google Maps.... All reports show that we should expect a visit from him Saturday morning -- and he's not being too subtle about it!  The projected low is 26 degrees.  So we are definitely doing the Hustle around the farm trying to get things tucked in, protected and harvested before a freeze.  And digging out our woolies for Saturday market! (BB? Tony?!)

One of the problems of farming in NC is that we get a lulled into thinking that really cold weather and freezes will come...eventually. Our average frost date is October 15 but it seems like we haven't been anywhere near that date since we've been back.  Farming here is a bit like our approach to life when we lived in New Mexico.  There we could put off outside tasks because we always knew that the weather would be nice and wouldn't be raining.  Car needs to be washed?  We can do that tomorrow.  Leaves need to be raked?  Manaña.  Well, just like in New Mexico, the rain or freeze eventually comes.  Better hustle!

Chris at Well #1 all tucked in for the freeze.

Despite the forecast for sub-freezing temps, the good news is there will be sunshine!  This has been a very challenging week with clouds, fog and drizzle for days on end.  Our personal solar batteries are drained!  The clouds and rain made for some beautiful pictures with nicely saturated colors, but it sure has been bleak.

 

Little Black Cat Update

We are happy to report that our temporary feline boarder has found a home!  Our customer Karen and her daughter Katie Rose decided pretty soon after they read about our little black cat that they were interested in him.  On Tuesday, we made the transition a reality.  Karen reports that he "sang all the way home...then slept at the foot of Katie Rose's bed, motor running."  They are still getting used to one another (and the the other 4-footers in the family) but these transitions take time.  Fare thee well, our little panther -- we loved having you with us for a short while.

   

Field Report

A key part of organic farming is building the soil and that's what we've been trying to do.  Increasing our use of cover crops over the winter is part of that.  Planting crops like winter wheat, oats, peas and rye helps the soil build organic matter, inhibits weeds and reduces erosion over the winter.  All good things for soil health.  Here's a shot of the winter wheat in Bee Field starting to emerge.

This year we trialed a small planting of peanuts in our Demo Garden.  Back in June, we planted Carolina Black peanuts which are a heirloom variety that we got from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Today we harvested the crop -- very exciting!  They need to cure for about 2 weeks and then we can sample!  We are looking forward to planting a lot more peanuts for 2018.

Holiday Market Countdown!  Just 2 Weeks Away!

Saturday, November 25 (10-3) is the B-I-G day!  It's our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market here at the farm!  Find everything from Holiday decorations to that perfect gift to delicious items for a festive meal.  And you can shop in the stress-free environment of our greenhouse (sure beats the mall!) all while supporting local farms and vendors. Join us and our 9 vendors and our partners at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery and their 14 vendors!  Pick up a flyer at market and stay tuned for more details!  For profiles of the vendors that will be here, check out our event page on Facebook.

What's Under the Purple and White Tents?

Only TWO more days to shop at Cobblestone Farmers Market this season!  Yes, it's going to be a cold day but bundle up and head out for some GREAT organic produce! 

'Tis the season for all things GINGER! We have our first of the season Powdered Organic Ginger!  It will make your Holiday cakes and cookies sing with a great ginger flavor (it's NOT your typical grocery store stuff!).  We also have FRESH BABY GINGER!  Better make sure you have lots in the freezer for your Holiday cooking needs and warm tea in January!  We are happy to provide you with care instructions and recipes.

Oh, and those Carrots!  We'll have bunches of them along with Kale, Swiss Chard, Daikon Radishes, Lettuce, Pac Choi, Frisée, Freshly cut Herbs (Dill, Italian Parsley) and maybe some Peppers and Heirloom Eggplant!

In the Garlic Department, we'll have Garlic Powder and Granules, Garlic Sampler BagsSeed Garlic and a limited amount of culinary garlic (supplies are running VERY low!).

As the weather gets colder, it's time to make a big ol' pot of Green Chile Stew!  Grab a bag of our fire-roasted green chile and we'll give you a recipe to bring a little bit of New Mexico to your kitchen!

All of our products are Certified Organic and are grown by us!  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!  Join us as we pause to salute our Veterans on Saturday.  We are deeply grateful to so many Americans who have served our country -- and for many who made the ultimate sacrifice.   For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. Take a moment, remember and thank a Vet today. 

Until next week, 

Cheryl & Ray

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Mark Your Calendar! Holiday Market on November 25!

It won't be long until our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 25 from 10-3.  This event, now in its 4th year, has become the destination for many visitors to kick off the Holiday Season.  We'll be teaming up again with our friends from Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  There will be lots of vendors at both locations who will offer locally grown and produced items for the perfect gift for Holiday giving.  Feel good about supporting your local small business owners!


 

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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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