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 -- June = Garlic World Cup! ⚽

Posted by Cheryl :: Thursday, June 20 :: 3:39am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy Flag Day!
For a garlic farmer, June is the World Cup.  Unlike that other World Cup, the Garlic World Cup is played every year.  The Asian teams have already been eliminated and now we have moved on to the bigger teams:  Red Toch (Georgia Republic), Lorz (Italy), Inchellium Red (Washington State, USA) and Music (Italy via Canada).  They stood tall and held their ground but they too have been eliminated.  The remaining teams are pretty much from the former Soviet Union and points north -- the real hardy stock!  Who knew there was such a strong sports tradition in garlic?!

We have considerably less garlic this year.  Remember how rainy and wet last fall was?  Our planting was significantly delayed and reduced.  This year's harvest seems quick miniature and like a real walk in the park.  Instead of a trailer load (or two) of some of our mainstay varieties, like Music, we only fill half a trailer.  Sad.  But the good news is that the garlic is good-sized and healthy.  Can't ask for more than that.

We're getting it trimmed, graded and hung in the barn as we go.  Keeping the harvest organized is essential when you have 20 varieties.  A new challenge this year is working in a more active barn -- adding cows and hay to the mix keeps it interesting!

     

Outside the world of garlic, there is much more happening on the farm.  Fall (!) crops are being seeded in the greenhouse (brussels sprouts!) and we are having to replace all of the greenhouse cucumbers (heavy infestation of spider mites).

The blackberries are starting to show signs of ripening.  These are a new variety that we are trialing, Osage, which is a slightly earlier variety than our Triple Crown.  They should be ready in a couple of weeks.

And our crop of plum grannies are starting to pop!  The first blooms are appearing and the front yard is starting to resemble a plum granny lawn!

 

We have a new flower around the farmhouse this year -- the Outhouse Hollyhock.  These heirloom flowers were traditionally grown around outhouses to screen the view of the privy -- they will grow up to 9 feet tall!  And ours is getting near that point!

 

Did you think I would forget the weather report?  Hey, we're farmers and that's all we talk about!

Yep, we got a lot of rain -- nearly 5 inches but it could have been much worse.  At least the sweet potatoes got planted just before the rain and now they are very happy (as were we when we finished planting!)

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update
We are back at market this week -- and we look forward to seeing you there.  It is supposed to be a beautiful Saturday morning -- Hooray!

Here's what Certified Organic delights we'll have under the Purple and White tents this week:  Fresh Garlic, Garlic Scapes (end of the crop!), Elephant Garlic Flowers, Beets, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Bunching Onions, a bit of Curly Vates Kale,  Fresh Turmeric (almost gone!), freshly cut herbs (dill, chives, catnip) and more.  We'll have jam (Dads Love Jam!) and don't forget the Garlic Powder and Granules, Turmeric Powder (almost gone!) and Ginger Powder.  

And last but not least, we'll have some beautiful, healthy plants:  Triple Crown Blackberries, Black Raspberries  and a nice selection of perennial herbs (Chives, Spearmint, Sage, Greek Oregano, Catnip) for your garden.

As usual, if you'd like us to hold an item for you, please email no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday night (NOTE:  NEW time!) and we'll have it waiting for you.  Just a reminder, you still need to wait in line to get your preordered items.

That does it for this week.  Wishing all of you Dads out there a wonderful Father's Day!  May you get all the relaxation, barbequeing and everything else you deserve on your special day.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

 

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We're Hiring!

If you've wanted to work on a small Certified Organic farm this might be your opportunity. We have 2 positions available (full or part-time) and if you have an interest in farming, we'd love to hear from you! While we don't always eat 🍩, we have fun! For more information and an application, go to https://bit.ly/2Kp6Oqy

PlumFresh is Now Open for Sign-Ups!

UPDATEWe now have a waiting list for the season.  If you are interested, please register using the online form noted below -- no deposit is necessary until we know that we have a space available for you.

Our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program is now open for sign-ups for the 2019 season!  Get Certfied Organic veggies and fruit delivered or pick up at the farm or at Cobblestone Farmers Market.  PlumFresh is not your typical CSA -- flexibility is our watchword.  You can trade out items you don't like and skip a week if you need.  For more information, click here.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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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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