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 -- Adios August

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, August 26 :: 10:29am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Kind of a hodge-podge week here at the farm.  A bit of this and a bit of that.  Perhaps it started with us trying to rid our pantry of miller moths and ending up with a complete makeover of the shelves!  Yes, it was a bit of an extreme approach to clearing the pantry, but it is SO much better now!

Ray cutting shelves for pantry

We had a great visit from the Mount Airy Garden Club on Tuesday.  We toured the farm and they got to learn about some of the crops that we currently have growing as well as our history and farming practices.  These ladies were really fascinated by the okra!  Most of them had not seen our heirloom Burgundy okra before!  If you are part of a garden club or some other organization, we are always happy to give tours or presentations at your group's meeting.  Just drop us an email and we can work out the details!  We are already booking dates in 2017 now!

Burgundy okra flowers

Our little kitten is still around the farm!  We have taken to calling him, "RingBob" (don't ask me why -- because I really don't know!).  He and Detroit are becoming pretty good buddies.  Now the task is to try to trap him so we can have him neutered and start the process of getting him more acclimated to us.

Detroit & Ringbob

Summer's waning days bring different light and a different feel to the air.  The past few days of cooler weather have been a balm but we can't get too comfortable yet!  Being on the cusp of Fall (just 25 more days!), we are between worlds -- some summer, some fall.  A few photos of both...

Beans in Daddy's Garden

Cucumber plants on a trellis

Butterfly on mailbox planter

Rows of okra, squash and covered cauliflower

Sunflowers

Dogwood berries turning red

Market Update

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including boatloads of fingerling (LaRatte) and standard POTATOES (German Butterball, Bintje and the last of the Nicola and Russet), CURED GARLIC (Red Toch, Music, Georgian Crystal, Purple Italian, Metechi and Lorz Italian), Okra (Heirloom Burgundy and Cajun Jewel), Tomato Fruit Boxes with our prize-winning Cherry Blossom tomatoes, Concord Grapes, Papalo (a Mexican herb similar to cilantro), Basil (Genovese, Rosie and Lemon), and a few Beets.  We'll also have Garlic Braids!  Don't forget the Garlic Scape Pesto -- have you tried it on a crusty baguette with a slice of tomato? 

We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Today is National Dog Day which recognizes the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. We've had a grand total of 6 dogs in our lives together - each one has been a very special member of our family.  Our last two, Mocha and Gesti came to us as shelter pets -- don't forget your local shelter when you are looking to adopt a dog.  Who rescued who?

Farm dog Mocha  Farm dog Gesti

Talk with you soon,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick-Your-Own Update

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Our Berry Pick Your Own is over for the 2016 Season.  Stay tuned for a Pumpkin Pick Your Own in the Fall!

 

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

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

Last rose of summer

My Mom always used the expression, "You look like the last rose of summer."  I took that to mean that you weren't really in your prime but there was still some beauty left.  Here is the literal "last rose of summer" blooming in Mom's rose bed -- in December.

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