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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 - The Fruits of Summer

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, July 25 :: 2:49pm

 

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

The fruits of summer are here! Tomatoes, tomatillos, okra, peppers are all coming out of the field.  Some are still on a slow flow (peppers) while others are really pouring (okra).  As the tomatoes start to arrive, it really starts to feel like summer.  We should be getting our first BLT with our tomatoes of the season this weekend!  Nothing quite says summer better than a BLT, don't you think?  Here's Chris eating his FIRST EVER BLT (with a tomato from Old Town Farm)!  Can you believe it?

Chris and his first BLT

And speaking of tomatoes, don't forget the Winston-Salem Journal Tomato Tasting next Friday evening (August 1) from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 1, downtown at Sixth and Trade streets, during the Gallery Hop.  We'll have some of our varieties included in the mix!

More potatoes came out of the field this week. We are not getting the really big harvests that we had hoped for but got a good number of LaRatte fingerlings out yesterday.  They'll be waiting for you at market this week!

LaRatte fingerling potatoes in a curver

Unfortunately we bid a fond farewell to our wonderful Triple Crown blackberries this week.  The last ones will be at market tomorrow.  We will miss their wonderful taste and smell -- the walk-in cooler always smells so amazing when it is chock full of these berries!  Until next year!

Thanks for the great response to our new pesto!  We sold out on Saturday but we made lots more!  Stop by our tent for a taste!

Market Update:   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?  We'll have lots of Certified Organic Garlic (Music, Red Toch, Chesnok, Lorz Italian and Metechi), blackberries (Last of the season- sniff!), okra (green & burgundy), tomato fruit boxes, heirloom slicing tomatoes, tomatillos, swiss chard, Salsa Verde kits (have a taste of the salsa made from the kit), potatoes (LaRatte fingerlings and Nicola), 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.

Enjoy National Lasagna Day on the 29th!! (Need tomatoes for that one, huh?)

Happy, healthy summertime eating,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update

Picking tray full of blckberries

Our blackberry production has really slowed so our pick-your-own fields are currently CLOSED.  Stay tuned for RASPBERRY pick-your-own in mid-to late August.

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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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