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Posted 4/10/2013 1:32pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 Asparagus with daffy and tulip

Happy April, Farm Friends!

Did the winter seem to fly by for you?  It sure did for us here at the Farm!  We were working on so many projects that it just blew by!  Our hands were really full with making lots of infrastructure improvements including irrigation greenhouse upgrades, new fields, landscape fabric on the brambles, etc, etc!  You get the idea!

Spring at the new Prelude raspberry field

Now it is full-tilt Spring (or did it go straight to summer?)! Seeding, preparing land, weeding and planting are the endless tasks! 

Also with Spring comes the arrive of Farmers Market season!  This season, we will be at 2 markets on a regular basis:  The Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market (Saturday) and the King Farmers Market (Wednesday).  Cobblestone opens THIS SATURDAY (4/13) at 9:00 a.m.!  For the first 5 weeks of the market, we will be at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem --1 block off Fourth Street).  Market hours are 9-noon and parking is available across the street ($1 in the lot and free on the street).  On May 18, we will return to Old Salem.

On opening day we have a great line-up of organic produce:  spring garlic, powdered and granulated garlic, asparagus, baby kale, baby swiss chard, baby bok choy, salad mix, tomato and basil transplants, and bare-root blackberry plants.  In addition we will have our yummy raspberry and blackberry jam as well as limited quantities of Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter!

Opening day is always such a treat!  Please come by to share in the great energy and find some wonderful produce and artisan products!  We have some great new vendors this year as well as many returnees!

Hope to see you on Saturday!  Pre-orders are also welcomed if you see something in the list you'd like!

Here's to good, healthy eating,

Cheryl & Ray

Cheryl potting up tomato seedlings in the greenhouse

 

Posted 2/11/2013 9:27am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Daffodils with bunny statue


Happy February, Farm Friends!

It seems like there is a touch of Spring in the air (or at least our bunny thinks so!)  This seems VERY early to be getting such a rush of daffies!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, are you finding you are needin' some raz lovin'? Or need that perfect gift for your honey? We've got you covered - we'll be at Krankies Coffee tomorrow (Tuesday, 2/12) from 11-1 with our heart's delight raspberry jam

Krankies is located in Downtown Winston-Salem at 3rd & Patterson.  We’ll have our lovingly made and certified delicious raspberry and blackberry jams for sale – and those flavors again are Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Extra Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, Raspberry Cranberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry and our special treat, Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter.

In addition to the jam, we'll have some lovely and fragrant potted paperwhite narcissus.  Quite a nice gift for your sweetie!

Hope you’ll stop by tomorrow – we’ll be outside on the patio side of the building.  The weather is supposed to be mostly sunny and 60 degrees – wow!  A great day to warm your heart!

Don’t forget, pre-orders are cheerfully accepted – make sure that we’ll have your favorite jam when you arrive!  Contact us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com or 336-994-2517.

Jammingly yours,

Cheryl & Ray


Posted 2/1/2013 12:27pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 

Winter is not a lazy time on the farm!  There are lots of tasks to keep us quite busy outside and in.  This week we took advantage of the beautiful weather to mow down the primocane raspberries in our big field.  Next comes the weeding and mulching...and hopefully some more really cold weather to give them a good start on the new season.  Talk about a field full of promises -- the tasty, red juicy kind!

This year, there are some winter markets that we are are participating in.  Tomorrow we will be at the Cobblestone Farmers Market POP UP at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem --1 block off Fourth Street) -- that's Saturday, February 2nd from 10am-1pm.)  At this market we will have jam, garlic braids, potted paperwhite narcissus and lovely frisée endive!  Stop by and see us -- and take advantage of the wonderful offerings that our farmer friends have for you as well!

Here's to enjoying Winter!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/17/2012 3:38pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

10 drummers drumming

Even though Holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” said nothing about jam, it doesn’t mean that Plum Granny Farm jam wouldn’t make a delightful gift for your true love or for anyone else on your gift-giving list (hostesses, neighbors, teachers, stocking stuffers, ...)!  And at $8 per jar, it’s a lot less expensive than any of the gifts mentioned in the song!

To help you with your Holiday gift-giving, here are two options this week to take care of your last-minute gift-giving needs:

  • Krankies Coffee in Downtown Winston-Salem (3rd and Patterson) tomorrow (Tuesday, December 18th) from 11:30-2.  Stop by, grab a cup o’ joe and pick up a few gifts for friends and family (maybe one for yourself too!).
  • Dixie Classic Farmers Market at the fairgrounds on Saturday, December 22nd from 7-11:00 am.  

Pre-orders are cheerfully accepted!  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com or call 336-994-2517.  Don’t want you to be disappointed that your favorite flavor is sold out!  And those flavors are Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Extra Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, Raspberry-Cranberry, and Sweet Potato Butter (Yam's Jam) plus Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce and Old Fashioned Blackberry Sauce in limited quantities.  All are delightfully yummy!

In addition to the jam, we still have some beautiful garlic braids available -- what a lovely (and practical and also edible!) gift this would make!  Quantities are limited, so better hurry!

If you need some packing help, we are also happy to ship your jam selections anywhere you’d like (shipping extra).

Hope to see you at one of these Holiday venues this week! 

Making your Holidays tastier,

Cheryl & Ray

 

Tags: garlic, jam
Posted 12/3/2012 1:48pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Making jam in the kitchen

Plum Granny Farm’s elves have been hard at work to make your locally sourced gift giving easier!  Our delicious, full-fruit raspberry and blackberry (and now sweet potato!) jams make wonderful Holiday gifts!  Here are two options this week to take care of your gift-giving needs:

  • King Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Shopping Night (at the Chamber Office at 124 South Main Street in downtown King) on Friday, December 7th from 5-9 p.m.  Only jam will be available at this location.

  • Cobblestone Farmers Market POP UP at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem --1 block off Fourth Street) on Saturday, December 8th from 10am-1pm.  At this market we will have Holiday greenery in addition to garlic braids and jams.

Speaking of jams, pre-orders are strongly encouraged!  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com or call 336-994-2517.  Don’t want you to be disappointed that your favorite flavor is sold out!  We now have 10 flavors!  They are Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Extra Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, Raspberry-Cranberry, and Sweet Potato Butter (Yam's Jam) plus Raspberry-Roselle Jam, Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce and Old Fashioned Blackberry Sauce in limited quantities.  All are delightfully yummy!  Descriptions of each of the jams can be found on our website by clicking here "Our Jams and Sauces".

We will also cheerfully and happily mail your gifts to loved ones near and far!  Just drop an email and let us know what you want and where you want it shipped.  Shipping is extra but we have found that the USPS Priority Mail flat rate or regional boxes to be very cost-effective!  We now also take credit cards for your shopping ease!

Hope to see you at one of these Holiday venues this week!  We will be announcing other locations for later in the month soon!

Here's to getting in the Holiday Spirit,

Cheryl & Ray

Tags: jam
Posted 11/12/2012 11:16am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Display of baby ginger and turmeric rhizomes

Hello Plum Granny Farm Friends!

Wanted to fill you in on the latest news about our markets and products. 

Several of you have been asking about our ginger harvest this year.  Unfortunately several issues kept us from getting a good harvest but we do have some ginger available now at market.  The photo above shows a small display of the baby ginger, galangal and turmeric.  The turmeric will be growing a bit longer so that it can bulk up some more.

And speaking of markets... it is hard to believe, but we are closing in on the LAST regular farmers markets for 2012!  There are 2 more Tuesday Cobblestone Farmers Markets (11/13 and 11/20) and 1 more Old Salem Farmers Market (11/17).  All 3 makrets are from 9-noon and we'll be at them all!  They are perfect opportunities to get some wonderful delights for your Thanksgiving Holiday table!

We'll have several items that will meet that need:

  • Raspberry-Cranberry Jam (Terrific with turkey!)
  • Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce (also great with turkey)
  • Baby ginger
  • Thai ginger (Galangal)
  • Tomatoes (yes!  We still have field grown tomatoes - especially the little jewel-like "fruit" ones!)
  • Garlic (get it while you can!)
  • Sweet peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Baby Salad Mix

In addition to the things that you'll be serving up, don't forget about Holiday gifts!  It would be a great time to stock up on jam (we now have 7 varieties!) or our gorgeous garlic braids for gifts!  We can even ship your purchases to out-of-town family and friends if you'd like!

Plans are underway to do some Saturday Holiday markets in Winston-Salem during December.  The details are still being worked out so we'll let you know as soon as we have the specifics.

So take advantage of these last few opportunities to support local farms.  Let "Buy Local" be your mantra for the Holidays!

In this time of Thanksgiving, we want to express our sincere appreciation to you for your ongoing support.  It is wonderful having great customers like you -- you have become much more than customers -- you are our friends! 

Here's to enjoying organic, local and GOOD food!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 9/7/2012 10:43am by Cheryl Ferguson.

A touch of fall is in the air and it is bringing some wonderful things with it!  At the Old Salem Cobblestone Market tomorrow (September 8 from 9-noon), we'll have muscadine and scuppernong grapes, Shishito Japanese frying peppers, Antohi Romanian sweet frying peppers (we'll have samples of them roasted), garlic (including Metechi and the last of the Killarney & Georgian Crystal), a few Red Thumb fingerling potatoes, and of course, we'll have our famous raspberry and blackberry jams and our new Raspberry Chipotle-Molé Cooking Sauce.

Wanted to give you an important heads up about the market tomorrow: This Saturday ONLY, the Market will be in the Old Salem Visitor's Center Parking Lot due to the Brenner Walk and Bike Race. Entry to the market is from Marshall Street. Parking is available in the Visitor's Center parking lot, along Marshall Street and the surrounding streets, and the Enrichment Center's parking lot (reserved for market shoppers). We will back in our regular location next week!  Here is a link to the Old Salem's event page that has the location change posted:  http://www.oldsalem.org/old-salem-cobblestone-farmers-market19.html

Our late summer and early fall crops are looking GREAT!  Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, okra, herbs, swiss chard and hopefully some fall potatoes are growing beautifully!.  We'll keep you posted!

Wanted to share a great recipe with you from the Humble Seed blog which features the delicious Antohi Romanian peppers and other wonderful veggies you can find at market now.  Enjoy!

 

Mediterranean-Style Vegetable Sandwich

 (Makes 4 Sandwiches)

 1 medium sized eggplant, sliced length-wise into ¼ inch thick rounds

 1 tomato, sliced into rounds

 ½ onion, cut into half moon slices

 5-6 Antohi Romanian Specialty frying peppers, de-seeded and sliced

 8 ounces of Mozzarella cheese, ¼ inch slices (optional)

 10-12 basil leaves

 4 teaspoons Balsamic vinaigrette

 ¼ cup olive oil

 8 slices of crusty French bread

 salt and pepper to taste

 Method:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lay a single layer of the eggplant rounds on a baking tray.  Brush each round with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping them over halfway for even cooking. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet to medium high heat.  Drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil in the pan, and add the onion, a pinch of salt, and your frying peppers.  Sauté until tender and fragrant.

Once the eggplant has cooled, layer on the eggplant, onions, peppers, basil and cheese (if using) on a slice of crusty bread.  Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.


Thanks for your ongoing support.  Here's to enjoying organic, local and GOOD eating!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 8/9/2012 1:30pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Raspberries on the plant

So many of you have been asking "When are you doing another raspberry pick-your-own??"  Well, the berries have responded!  It's your weekend to come out and pick!  We will be open Sunday, August 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. There are still LOTS of berries out there just waiting to go home with you!  Other farm products will be available as well including freshly cured garlic, potatoes, and our famous raspberry jams and our new Raspberry Chipotle-Molé Cooking Sauce.

In addition we wanted to let you know about some changes to our market schedule.  Let's fill you in on the latest scoop!

  • Every Saturday we are at the wonderful Old Salem Farmers Market from 9-noon.  This is a fantastic market in an amazing venue.  Come on out to Old Salem and see why US News and World Report named it as the 11th best market in the country!  Here is a link to directions and more information: http://www.oldsalem.org/farmersmarke
  • We are now alternating being at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Downtown (3rd and Patterson) and the Reynolda Village Farmers Market.  Beginning Friday, August 17th we will be at the Reynolda Village Market from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. every other Friday.  Beginning Tuesday, August 7, we are at the Cobblestone Farmers Market from 9 a.m. utnil noon (Note new time!).  We will be there every other Tuesday.

We don't want to confuse our great customers but had to do some schedule shifting.  We wanted to be at all three of these markets but just couldn't be there every week.  We hope this schedule works for you!  If you have querstions about where we will be on a given week -- or want us to reserve an item for you, don't hesitate to call us (336-994-2517) or email (farm@plumgrannyfarm.com)

We'll have many late summer and early fall crops coming before long including tomatoes, peppers and hopefully some fall potatoes.  We'll keep you posted!

Thanks for your ongoing support.  Here's to enjoying organic, local and GOOD eating!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 7/13/2012 7:10am by Cheryl Ferguson.


Box of raspberries

Come and get 'em!  There are lots of big, juicy (and SWEET!) blackberries and jewel-like red raspberries out there just waiting to go home with you!  We will be open this Saturday morning, July 14, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.. Other farm products will be available as well including freshly cured garlic, fingerling and standard potatoes, and our famous raspberry jams.

Speaking of jam, we have two new varieties that we premiered last week -- our Old Fashioned Blackberry Jam (twice as much fruit as sugar!) and the tempting (and quite tasty!) Raspberry Chipotle-Mole Grilling Sauce. These put a smile on MANY customers last week and we almost ran out -- but we made more and are ready to serve YOU!

We will also be at the top-rated Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market with a van-full of organic goodness -- raspberries, blackberries, potatoes, oriental lilies, jam and sauce.  This week the market is opening EARLY at 8:30 a.m. because of the KrispyKreme celebration on Main Street.  Get there early to beat the traffic!  The market will run as usual to noon.  Here is a link to directions and more information: http://www.oldsalem.org/farmersmarket

We hope to see you at the Farm or at our tent at Old Salem!

Thanks for your support of organic and local small farms!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 7/6/2012 7:48am by Cheryl Ferguson.


Little boy and raspberries

We had a great time picking raspberries and blackberries on Wednesday -- such a good time that we'll do it again!   We will be open this Saturday morning, July 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.. There are still LOTS of berries out there just waiting to go home with you!  Other farm products will be available as well including freshly cured garlic, fingerling and standard potatoes, and our famous raspberry jams.

We will also be at the wonderful Old Salem Farmers Market with raspberries, blackberries, potatoes, oriental lilies, and jam.  The market hours are 9-noon.  Come to the market early to beat the heat!  Here is a link to directions and more information: http://www.oldsalem.org/farmersmarket

We hope to see you at the Farm or at our tent at Old Salem!


Here's to enjoying organic, local and GOOD eating!

Cheryl & Ray

 

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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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