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 -- Sunny, Busy Week!

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, January 23 :: 1:52pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Looking out the window on this cold, bleak, rainy day, it's hard to believe how incredibly nice the weather has been this week.  But it was truly wonderful and enabled us to get a lot of things done around the farm.  Lots of pictures today!

The strawberries needed our attention.  There was weeding and mulching to be done.  Then we got them covered with a nice snug field blanket.  We had been resisting getting one of these blankets because of the cost but finally found a good price from an NC dealer.  These blankets are huge -- 26' wide and we cut ours to 149' long.  It covers all of the field except for one row!  The blanket is on just one of the two fields -- we are debating if we want to conduct an experiment between the two fields (intervention and control) or cover both.... We'll let you know!

Strawberry plant with flower    Rolling out the field blanket    Ray and Cousin Blaine holding up the roll

The asparagus beds were also mowed this week.  We mow them with the sickle bar and then rake out all the debris for burning.  Burning the debris off-site helps control pests and diseases that might have been harbored in the foliage.  After this step, we begin the labor intensive process of hand weeding the beds.  Since we are organic, we don't use herbicides like most farms do -- it's very slow, tedious work but we think you appreciate having asparagus without a side of chemicals!

Raking the asparagus beds    Removing the asparagus trimmings from the beds

It sure seems that we are either taking things off of our fields or putting things on them, doesn't it?!  I promised last week to show you how we roll out big round hay bales over the artichoke beds -- I found the photo on Ray's phone! 

Jenn and Cheryl roll out the hay in artichokes

One other major task that got done this week was installing the water line to the hoophouse.  Trying to water the hoophouse was a major chore so we were able to hook up a line from one of our wells to go to a frost-free hydrant inside the building.  We rented a trencher and got 'er done!  Take a look:

Chris and Ray wrestle the trencher     Ray and the trencher    A long ways to go

  Destination Hoophouse  Water!

Don't forget to mark your calendar for our Valentine's Day Event on Saturday, February 14 from 10-2! We are getting our paperwhite narcissus and other things all ready for you!

Paperwhite narcissus in greenhouse

We hope you celebrate National Pie Day today!  Chocolate, lemon, pecan, chicken -- whatever your choice!  After enjoying a nice slice of pie, you could just curl up in a nice warm place, and take a nap -- like Ajo!

Ajo in a tub in Raz House

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Valentine's Day Holiday Market

Happy Valentine's DayWith Valentine's Day just around the corner, are you finding you are needin' some raz lovin'? Or that perfect gift for your honey? Plum Granny Farm has got you covered. Come up to the Farm and find sweets for your Sweetie!!  On Saturday, February 14 from 10-2, we'll be hosting a Holiday Market.  The greenhouse will be filled with our jams, paperwhite narcissus and other farm products along with creations from other local artisans.  Please join us!

The Store is OPEN!

 

Plum Granny Farm jam

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 6 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint and Old Fashioned Blackberry. We also have our terrific Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Cooking Sauce!  Several 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.

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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

Crocus bloom in January

This beautiful little crocus bloom reminds us that Spring awaits -- even on a cold January day.  Hang on, my little friend!

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