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
Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, August 15 :: 1:36pm
Happy Friday, Farm Friends!
The view across the old pasture on Tuesday
Wow! What a week it has been! Five days of rain followed by amazing, almost fall-like weather! It is SO good to see the sun again -- I really don't think I could make it in a very rainy, cloudy environment (one of the reasons Ray and I decided not to relocate to Seattle several years ago -- and chose Albuquerque!!) Nonetheless, the rain was most welcome and it should really kick things into gear. We just hope that it will be good plant development instead of disease....we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
The same view today
What's been happening this week on the farm? TOMATOES! Boy do we have a bumper crop! Our church in Albuquerque used to do an event each July called "Tomato Tornado" where we would try to get as many cans of tomatoes donated as possible for the local food bank. And we did a great job -- thousands of cans were collected and we had great fun with it (ask me some day about Beaudreaux and Thibideaux). Well anyway....Plum Granny Farm is having our own Tomato Tornado of a different kind! We've got LOTS of yummy tomatoes! And YOU can help us with that!
Tomatoes in our storage room - the old milkhouse complete with air conditioner.
We are having our first ever Tomato Pick Your Own event on Sunday, August 17 from 2-4 p.m. We'd like to share our bounty with you! We have all kind of tomatoes from cherry, grape, roma-type to big ol' slicers -- in a rainbow of colors! These yummy certified organic tomatoes are only 75 cents per pound. Come on out to the farm and have some fun! We'll also have our other farm products available for sale as well.
Here's my grand-niece, Danielle, enjoying a tomato just her size!
And in other tomato news, our "Suzanne" was named the Best Tasting Tomato at the King Farmers Market on Wednesday by both the celebrity judges and the votes of market goers! It is a beautiful red cherry tomato that is a tasty treat for sure!
On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12). On Wednesday, we'll be at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1). What will you find on our tables? Tomatoes! Green Beans! Yes, we'll have more snap green beans (Jade), French filet-type beans (Maxibel, Coban & Tavera), and romano type beans (Pension and Dragon Tongue)! We'll also have lots of Certified Organic Garlic (Music, Red Toch, Chesnok, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Metechi), baby artichokes, lots of Shishito peppers , lots of okra (green & burgundy), tomato fruit boxes, heirloom slicing tomatoes, Salsa Verde kits, potatoes (LaRatte fingerlings and German Butterball), swiss chard (little bit), pesto, jams and MORE!
As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Only two more weeks left to celebrate National Picnic Month -- better hurry! Until our next edition,
Cheryl & Ray