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

 

 

 

News and blog

Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Welcome Fall Edition

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, September 26 :: 3:58pm

 

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The Equinox is behind us and we are now steadily moving into Fall.  And what a bracing start it's been!  We have been scrambling to dig out the sweatshirts and jackets as the morning temps have hovered in the mid-50s (and never crawled much beyond 65 several days!).  But I am sure we will have more balmy, sunny days ahead -- those beautiful days of Indian Summer!

It is interesting to notice how things change though during the course of a year if you pay attention.  Earlier in the summer, the morning air was filled with a chorus of bird songs -- an entire symphony of bird music from sparrows, cardinals, finches, mockingbirds and more.  It is much quieter now.  As the birds ready themselves for migration and winter, I suppose they have less time for song.

We've also been busying ourselves with winter prep as we work on raised beds for kale, lettuce, onions and chard.  Here are some photos showing the rolling out of the plastic for the beds, covering the edges of the fabric with the Cub and the final shot -- these nice beds in Daddy's Garden are all ready for planting!

 

Rolling out the plastic cover in Daddy's Garden  Covering the edges of the fabric wiht the Cub    All ready for planting

Today was a special day at the farm.  We were asked by Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of Temple Emanuel to host the congregation's second day of Rosh Hashanah.  This is the Year of Shmita/Release and Sabbatical and they wanted to spend some time on a farm to learn how we care for the earth and the importance of letting the land heal.  We had a wonderful ceremony at the lower pond and we finished the day picking muscadine grapes and planting radishes.  Thank you so much for your visit, Temple Emanuel!  Happy New Year!

 

Temple Emanuel members planting radishes in the demo garden 

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  On Wednesday, find us at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables? Old Salem market customers -- we'll be back with our roaster and Sweet Italian Roasting Peppers and we will roast them for you on-site for FREE!  Just follow your nose to our purple tent!  Samples too!

Yes!  We still have tomatoes!  The 500+ pound harvests are a memory but we will have LOTS of 'em at market!  We'll be bringing back the heirloom Valencia tomato as our feature this week. A beautiful tomato with a great taste!

Valencia tomatoes

We'll also have those delicious Striped Romans, heirloom slicers, quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes, and pints of Red Pearl and mixed fruit tomatoes.  We were able to get a few more snap green beans (Rattlesnake Pole)!  As usual, there will be lots of garlic -- Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, Spanish Roja (last week!), and Lorz Italian -- as well as Aji Dulce (the sweet habanero) and shishito peppers, and okra (green & burgundy), -- all Certified Organic!  And better hurry to get your Garlic Scape Pesto -- this will likely be the last week!  In the Jam Department, we are all stocked up! 

And don't forget our certified organic strawberry plants.  Chandler and Sweet Charlie are available in 4-packs -- fall is strawberry planting time!

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.

Saturday is Johnny Appleseed Day.  The day honors one of America's great legends -- a real person born on September 26, 1774. John Chapman was captivated by the movement west and as traveled, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.

Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update

We are not holding out much hope for raspberries this year.  Despite our best efforts, they have been smothered by weeds and overwhelmed by pests.  We are regrouping on the crop and hope to have a few at market but likely no PYO.  :-(

 

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

Our Jams are Now Available Online!

 

Jars of jam stacked on top of each other

For those of you who have been asking...the answer is "YES!"  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 5 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, and Old Fashioned Blackberry. We also have our terrific Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Cooking Sauce!  Three 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.

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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