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 -- 🍓 Strawberry Fields Forever 🍓

Posted by Cheryl :: Thursday, October 17 :: 9:56am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Do you see it?  Look closely, now.  It's a whole field of strawberries!

Okay, it takes a farmer's imagination to turn a completely blank field into something that resembles this:

But that is what WE see!

This week, preparing for the 2020 Strawberry harvest started in earnest.  We headed off to Pittsboro to visit our friends at Country Farm and Home Supply to get the strawberry transplants we ordered a couple of months ago.  We packed up Junior the Van with a whole bunch of bulb crates so we could carefully stack 44 trays of plants.

After we loaded up with strawberries, we had to stop for a quick cup o' Joe from our favorite Pittsboro coffee shop, Davenport's Café Diem.  It's a great place to grab a delicious cup to go (or stay, if you prefer).

Once we got back to the farm and unloaded our 2,200 plants,

it was time to get moving on getting the landscape fabric up in the old field.  This has been our strawberry field for 5 years and it was really strange to watch the fabric come off and see the soil.  This little corner of the farm looks a LOT different now -- just wait until it is filled with garlic later this fall!

The next step is getting the new field prepared.  Ray spread fertilizer and manure on the field (courtesy of our hay-burners, Cara and Mia) and we'll get the beds shaped and then covered with the reused landscape fabric from the old field.  Hopefully we will be able to start planting next week.

We'll be heading to Banner Greenhouses in Nebo early next week to get another 800 plants.  Our aim is for 3,000 strawberries for next season.  Can you see it (or taste it?) now?!

Sweet Potato Harvest -- A Record!
We finished the majority of the sweet potato harvest last Friday and it was a doozie!  As we had hoped, we ended up with over 2,300 pounds and, once we re-plow one of the rows, we should top 2,500!  Go Team Plum Granny!

  

The first harvest of sweet potatoes from a couple of weeks ago is now cured and ready to go -- and we'll have them at market on Saturday!

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update -- ORANGE, GREEN and PINK!
Oh the colors that await you under the Purple and White tents at Cobblestone Farmers Market on Saturday!  We've got  Certified Organic BABY GINGER

We've got delicious Green Beans (in all shapes and sizes).

And an amazing selection of PEPPERS including our delicious Roasted Green Chile.

And don't forget those DELICIOUS Sweet Potatoes!

What a WONDERFUL time of the year!  And we'll have loads of information and recipes to help you make the most of these seasonal favorites!

Details?  Here you go!  In the Pepper Department, we'll have New Mexico (Hatch-type) Green Chile -- fire-roasted or not, beautiful Poblanos, a wide variety of hot peppers (Cayenne, Chinese Five Color, Calabrese/Devil's Kiss, Aji Amarillo, Aji Limo and Serrano) as well as the mild Fushimi and Shishito Japanese Frying Peppers and Sweet Aji Dulce, plus the adorable little Trick or Treats -- they look hot but they are very sweet like a more flavorful bell pepper!

We'll also have a variety of other Certified Organic veggies including Eggplant, Okra, Daikon Radishes, and MORE!  And don't forget Garlic Powder and Ginger Powder!

Just a reminder -- no garlic this week.  Hopefully next week we will have the last of our garlic at market.  Also, it is VERY unlikely that we will have Seed Garlic for sale this year.  Our total crop was just too small.  We are sorry to disappoint those of you who want to buy seed garlic!

As usual, if you'd like us to hold an item for you, please email no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday night and we'll have it waiting for you. 

That does it for this week's news.  Hope you have a great weekend -- keep yourself open to all kinds of invitations!  Ray helped our friends Andy and Lisa with their industrial hemp harvest last weekend -- isn't this what you are supposed to wear to a hemp party?

Oh, and don't forget the Full Hunter's Moon on Sunday!  It's the only moon of the month that is visible from sunset to sunrise.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

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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