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 October 13, 2017 -- Has Anybody Seen Fall?

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, October 15 :: 3:43pm

Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!

Are you as confused as we are?  Is it Fall?  Is it Summer?  Is it both?  The correct answer seems to be choice #3 -- it does seem to be both!  In the past week, we have had temperatures ranging from the 40s to almost 90!  And based on the humidity, I'd swear it was July!  Hopefully we can settle on the correct season (Hello, Fall?!) soon.  It will be good to get off of the seesaw!

Field Report

This week we have been working on some of our fruit crops.  On Monday, Chris and Jonny gathered about 100 blackberry plants (in the rain) that had rooted in the aisles.  These plants will be potted up and nursed through the winter and will be available for sale next spring.  See, we are already planning for next year's Plant Sale!

We have also been working to get the strawberry field ready.  The newly planted strawberries got a nice drink of fish emulsion and are busy growing strong roots.  The plants that we are carrying over to next year need to be weeded and pruned plus the aisles need to be cleared.  Strawberries really spread out and they had completely covered the field.  Chris and Jonny did a great job yesterday of clearing the aisles and beginning the weeding process -- and they had a full truck to prove it!

Here's what the the field looked like in August when we were gathering tips for transplanting.

Now it looks much better!

There goes a truckload of strawberry trimmings to the compost pile!  Great job, Chris and Jonny!

BB & Tony Moving Day!

As we try to do every few months, we moved BB and Tony to new pasture yesterday.  We rotate their paddocks to make sure they have grass and to reduce the opportunity for disease.  Ideally we would have 3 areas to rotate them through -- but we don't have that set up yet.  And while we were at it, it was time to give Tony a hoof trim -- not his favorite thing to do on a Thursday afternoon!  But he guesses the new tasty grass is worth it! 

       

What's Under the Purple and White Tents?

Tomorrow at Cobblestone Farmers Market, we are still THINKING PINK!   We'll have lots of tasty and versatile FRESH BABY GINGER!  Baby ginger can be used for lots of different dishes -- try it with pork or to brighten up a chicken stew.  We'll be happy to provide you with a handout that has care instructions as well as a few recipes.

There will be more beans again this week!  From the delicious purple-striped Rattlesnake Pole Beans to the hearty Romano-style Beans (absolutely delicious roasted!), you'll find lots of bean-y goodness on our tables.

New this week is Baby Green Garlic!  We had some cloves that remained in the field after harvest and now have a nice crop of baby garlic -- like the spring garlic we have in April.  Tender and tasty -- come check it out!  Also in the Garlic Department, you'll find Inchelium Red, Music, Georgian Crystal, Chesnok, Lorz Italian and Elephant, Garlic Sampler Bags, Garlic Braids plus a bit of the Cream of the Crop Seed Garlic.

We'll have more of our Heritage Muscadine and Scuppernong Grapes on the table.  You'll also find Red and Green Butter Lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, a little bit of Okra, Daikon Radishes, Tomato Fruit Boxes, a few Heirloom Tomatoes, Heirloom Eggplant, freshly cut Herbs (Dill, Italian Parsley, Rosemary) and Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants!

You'll also find fresh peppers of all types: Shishitos, Poblano Peppers, New Mexico-type Green Chile, Ashe County Sweet Pimentos, Purple Beauty Peppers, Jupiter Sweet Red Peppers, the sweet habenero Aji Dulce and candy-sweet Picnic Peppers. And even though the roaster has exited for the season, we'll have freshly roasted green chile (Joe Parker, Big Jim and Poblano) in our freezer. 

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!  If you are coming to Cobblestone Farmers Market tomorrow (or if you need another incentive to come to Old Salem!), check out Harvest Day!  It's a fun-filled day of activities involving favorite fall foods from the harvest!  Activities are located in the historic district from 9:30-4:30.  Celebrate the fall harvest with hands-on activities, historic demonstrations, vendors and more!  We'll be there checking out the apple vendors!

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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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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