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Posted 7/2/2012 11:08am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Box of balckberries and raspberries

Kick off your 4th of July with Plum Granny Farm!  We'll be open for picking on Wednesday, July 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  You can get some beautiful berries and head on out for a wonderful celebration for the rest of the day.

We have LOTS of great certifed organic, farm-fresh goodies for you -- pick-your-own raspberries (they surprised us by coming in early!), super sweet blackberries, and gorgeous oriental lilies!

Raspberries are $7 per pound, blackberries are $4 per pound and lilies are $1.50 per stem.  We provide picking containers but please feel free to bring your own container to take your treasures home. 

The blackberries are in full force and the raspberries are still early so it is a little more difficult to pick now than it will be later in the season – but there is a lot of fruit out there!

In addition to pick your own, we will have freshly harvested garlic, our popular fingerling potatoes and our "amazingly good" raspberry jams.

So come celebrate your independence from weeks-old grocery store berries and enjoy a beautiful morning in Stokes County.  We are just 9 miles south of Hanging Rock State Park so you could make a day of it!

Hope to see you on Wednesday!  (We won't be at Cobblestone Farmers Market on Tuesday 6/3 so we can prepare for this event!)

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 5/8/2012 9:47am by Cheryl Ferguson.




SCAPES!!!  Yep, those tender garlic tips are here for their annual flash dance.  Sauteed, they’re like a mild garlic asparagus.  Diced raw, they add a nice bite to salsas and salads and slaws.  Or stir fry to mellow them into your spring veggie medley.  But they’re only here for about 3 weeks, so come on down!  We’ll have scapes this week at the markets we are doing this week:  Cobblestone Farmers Market (Tue.), Old Salem Farmers Market (Opening Day is Saturday, May 12th), and also at PYO Strawberries at our farm this Saturday, May 12th.  (9 a.m.--NOTE new later time!-- to noon.  Last picking starts at 11:30 a.m.)

 It's time to e-Scape!!

Here's to Happy, Healthy, Organic & Local Eating,
Cheryl & Ray

Posted 5/4/2012 4:59am by Cheryl Ferguson.


Strawberries in buskets

We had a great time picking strawberries last weekend!   This week, we will be open on Saturday morning (8 a.m. -noon). Yes, the weather has been crazy this week (cold, hot, hail, rain, ...) but there are LOTS of berries out there just waiting to go home with you!

Here are the details:

Where:  1041 Flat Shoals Road – Take US Hwy 52 North of Winston-Salem, Exit 122 RJR - Moore Rd.  Turn left at the ramp and continue straight on Moore Road (which then becomes Mountain View Road).  Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with NC Hwy 66.  Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to Flat Shoals Road which branches off to the right.  Take Flat Shoals Road – parking for the PYO field is the first driveway on the right – across the road from the farmhouse.

How Much?  $15 per 4 pound “busket”– picking containers provided

Other farm products will be available as well including spring garlic and our famous raspberry jams.

We hope to see you at the Farm!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 4/26/2012 5:20pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Strawberry in hand

Based on the popularity of our pick your own raspberries, we are opening up our new STRAWBERRY field to PYO as well!  Pesticide-free, organically grown strawberries will be available depending on weather and growing conditions. 

Due to the rain, we will not be able to be at Reynolda Village Farmers Market on Friday morning (4/27) but the berries will have dried out and will be ready for your picking pleasure Friday late afternoon.

This week, we will be open on Friday afternoon (4-7 p.m.) and on Saturday morning (9 a.m. -noon). This is not a weekly schedule -- the farm may or not be open for picking so please check to confirm that the PYO is open before coming! The website and farm phone message provide the most up-to-date information so please check one of those first.

Where:  1041 Flat Shoals Road – Take US Hwy 52 North of Winston-Salem, Exit 122 RJR - Moore Rd.  Turn left at the ramp and continue straight on Moore Road (which then becomes Mountain View Road).  Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with NC Hwy 66.  Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to Flat Shoals Road which branches off to the right.  Take Flat Shoals Road – parking for the PYO field is the first driveway on the right – across the road from the farmhouse.

How Much?  $15 per 4 pound “busket”– picking containers provided

Other farm products will be available as well including spring garlic and our famous raspberry jams.

We hope to see you at the Farm!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 4/2/2012 12:36pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy April, Farm Friends!

With Easter and Passover just around the corner, are you trying to come up with a great meal for your friends and family to enjoy?  How about some fresh asparagus or spring garlic or swiss chard?  Or maybe some tasty cranberry-raspberry jam or horseradish to accompany your holiday roast?

Don't worry!  We've got you covered - we'll be at Krankies Coffee tomorrow (Tuesday, 4/3) from 10-1 with these wonderful goodies to grace your Holiday table!

Krankies is located in Downtown Winston-Salem at 3rd & Patterson.  Green & purple asparagus will be available as will our tasty and fresh spring garlic (great with that asparagus!!)  We’ll also have our four lovingly made and certified delicious raspberry jams for sale – and those flavors again are Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile and Raspberry Cranberry (almost sold out of this flavor until Fall).

Hope you’ll hop by tomorrow – we’ll be outside on the patio side of the building.  The weather is supposed to be sunny and 75 degrees – wow!  The trees and flowers are just screaming - SPRING!!

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

Springingly yours,

Cheryl & Ray


Posted 2/3/2012 7:37am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Italian Garlic

Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog, said yesterday that we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  6 more weeks?  That feels like Alice and the March Hare - - we’ve had nothing yet, so how can we have more?  The warm days have been nice for working outside and napping in the sun (we wish!), but we’re afraid our raspberries and garlic miss the winter.  Most of them need a good long cold spell to get charged up for the coming season.  On the other hand, the Italian garlic we planted in the Test Bed seems to be loving our Mediterranean winter.  So as always, we don’t know what’s in store and we continue to plant and tend with the perennial hope and trust of farmers.

Tags: Garlic
Posted 2/2/2012 6:16pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Spring garlic sprouting from bulbs

We decided to try something different for growing spring garlic - plant bulbs!  Most of our spring garlic comes from us planting smaller cloves.  10,400 this year.  But maybe if we just plant a bulb we'll get a ready made bunch of spring garlic.  So far so good!  Stay tuned to see if they grow big enough.

Posted 12/25/2011 10:50am by Cheryl Ferguson.

From our barn to yours....

Old feed barn with Yam, the black and white cow

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season filled with love, warmth and that special understanding of nature that comes at this time of year.  We greatly appreciate your support in 2011!  Looking forward to seeing you in 2012!  Now it's time for a long winter's nap!

In health & harmony,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/12/2011 12:57pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 

 12 drummers drumming

Even though Holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” said nothing about raspberry 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 $7 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, we will be at Krankies Coffee in Downtown Winston-Salem (3rd & Patterson) tomorrow (12/13) from 10-1.  We’ll have our four lovingly made and certified delicious raspberry jams for sale – and those flavors again are Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile and Raspberry Cranberry.

Hope you’ll stop by tomorrow – we’ll be outside on the patio side of the building.  The weather is supposed to be a sunny 62° (much better than last week!)  And don’t forget, pre-orders are cheerfully accepted – make sure that we’ll have your favorite jam when you arrive!  Please email or call (336-994-2517) to reserve your jars.  We are also happy to ship your jam selections anywhere you’d like (shipping extra).

Jammingly yours,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/1/2011 6:45pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Making jam in the kitchen

Plum Granny Farm’s elves are hard at work to make your locally sourced gift giving easier!  Our delicious, full-fruit raspberry jams make wonderful Holiday gifts!  We’ll have our jam and our garlic gift samplers available at Krankies Coffee in Downtown Winston-Salem (3rd and Patterson) on Tuesdays through December 20th from 10-1 (unless the weather is really dreadful).  Stop by, grab a cup o’ joe and pick up a few gifts for friends and family (maybe one for yourself too!).

A big shout-out goes to our great friends and neighbors at YMCA Camp Hanes who are letting us use their kitchen for our jam.  As a thank you, we are donating 10¢ per jar sold to their amazing youth programs which focus on children increasing their own sense of accomplishment and belonging while they learn about the positive character traits of a hero.  Check them out at www.camphanes.org.

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!  Our four flavors are Old-Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile and Raspberry-Cranberry.  All delightfully yummy!

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Wanna Grow Garlic?

Want to know how to grow great garlic in your backyard?  Join Farmers Cheryl & Ray as they share their garlic growing tips based on their 9 years of experience.  This popular, hands-on workshop will give you the essentials of home production, as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  Great garlic is easy to grow—if you know the basics, such as choosing the right seed; when to plant; and how to harvest and cure your crop!  The cost of the workshop is $32 which includes ½ pound of Certified Organic seed garlic.  Space is limited to the first 15 paid registrants.  Click here for a registration form.

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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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