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 for July 12, 2019 -- Midsummer Musings

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, July 14 :: 3:28pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 
Mother Nature decided that we hadn't had a good storm in a while so she decided to send us a special edition.  BOOM!  And boy did she ever!  The bottom fell out yesterday afternoon.  All this fell in about 15 minutes. 

On top of the deluge, there was a lot of very close lightning.  In fact, so close that lightning took out half the circuits in our breaker box -- or so we think (the electrician is coming this afternoon).  When Cheryl went to put up the cats for the night, no water came out of the hydrant.  And neither of the pumps had power.  The good news is that we still had power to the walk-in cooler and the greenhouse fans. And we are praying it is just the circuit that needs to be replaced and that it is not the entire pump controller (times two).

A Visit from the Sunshine State
On Sunday, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) students and their sponsors from Central Florida.  The group was travelling through the area on their way to the Southeast Youth Dairy Retreat in Orange, Virginia.  They were interested in visiting us because we are Certified Organic and are an agritourism farm.  Our diverse crop mix was a plus too!

After a quick tour, they got to pick blackberries!  This was a new experience for some of the kids  -- and their sponsor said that a few had never even tasted them before!

A cool thing was that most of the youth have and show dairy cattle.  And several had Brown Swiss!  Meeting Cara and Mia was the icing on the cake (blackberry?!) before they left.

Meet Team Plum Granny!
In the second of our series of introductions to our terrific team, we'd like to introduce Sarah Peak.  She joined the team in March 2019 and has become a valued part of the crew.  Sarah is very observant and always asks insightful questions.  Her interest in herbs and plants is leading her to pursue a certificate in horticulture at NC State this year.  

She also brings some great photography skills.  We'll frequently see her snapping a picture of a flower or insect or animal with her phone.  Her Instagram account always has some great shots!

Virtual Field Walk
LOTS of weeding this week!  A key goal was to get the sweet potatoes cleaned up and it happened!  I sure wish I had taken a "before" picture -- but here's the "after"!

We got the first harvest of our Summer Red Pippin apples for our PlumFresh members -- this wasn't a bumper crop year, for sure.  The Grimes Golden crop looks promising though.

The field tomatoes are doing well and got some serious pruning and trellising work.

And we are starting to have some microharvests of crops -- shishito peppers and one of our new seedless table grapes.

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update
Sounds like it is going to be a hot one at market tomorrow -- don't forget that we now open at 8:30 a.m. so you can get the goods before the heat comes in.  The closing time is still the same -- noon.

We'll have our Certified Organic, No-Spray Blackberries again (although not in the same quantity as last week!).  Our popular Potato Bar is back featuring at least 4 varieties of potatoes and creamers.  We'll have BASIL (think pasta salad and caprese), Freshly Cured Garlic, Elephant Garlic Flowers (Fireworks on a Stick!),  Swiss Chard, Sunflower Shoots, Pea Shoots, freshly cut herbs (SPEARMINT, Dill, Chives, Garlic Chives, Greek Oregano, Catnip), and the very last of the Fresh Turmeric crop.  We'll also have our pure Garlic Powder and Granules and Ginger Powder and Granules.  

In the plant department, we'll be bringing some potted Ginger and Turmeric Plants as well as Triple Crown Blackberries and Black Raspberries.

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. 

That's a wrap!  Don't miss the Full Buck Moon on Tuesday (7/16).  Oh, and Cara and Mia wanted to let you know that we forgot to mention that last Tuesday was Cow Appreciation Day.  They haven't stopped letting us hear about it all week.  Here's Cheryl giving Mia a little extra appreciation this morning after Mia's breakfast.  Our little baby calf is growing up!  Sniff, sniff!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

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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