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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-- Will You Be Our Valentine?

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, February 12 :: 9:52am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Lots of love to share in the Valentine's edition of the newsletter!

Will You Be TK's Valentine??

TK enjoying a chin scratch

Wouldn't you LOVE to have an affectionate cat like this as your Valentines sweetie?  TK still needs a good indoor home.  He is absolutely gorgeous, soft and loves to play.  We think he is about 9 months old and has now been neutered.  Although he's a bit shy around new people, once he warms up to you, TK is a purring machine.  He would be PURRfect for you!

Loving the Greenhouse and Raz House!

This time of year, working in "controlled environments" is a godsend!  That's when we are really grateful to have our greenhouse and Raz House (the hoophouse).  We are able to get lots of planting done - and the stuff will actually grow despite the low temperatures.  This week we got sugar snap peas, snow peas, beets, carrots and radishes planted in Raz House and more seeding done in the greenhouse.  The mushrooms that we got at the Borrowed Land Farm workshop 3 weeks ago are starting to take off (ate the first ones a few nights ago - yum!).  And the artichokes...well, let's just say you better not stand too close! Take a peek:

Raz House greens    Oyster mushroomsDetroit lounging on the potting bench  Artichoke seedling

We LOVE to grow turmeric & ginger!

The fragrant packages from Hawaii arrived this week!  More than 100 pounds of ginger and turmeric seed were delivered and will begin their l-o-n-g journey until harvest next Fall.  We'll be starting the pre-sprout process in our milkhouse this weekend.  A warm, moist environment really encourages those seed pieces to get ready to grow!  Watch this space for future developments!

Ray checking the ginger & turmeric

Love and Paperwhites are in the Air -- Valentines Market is Tomorrow!

Yes, we know the weather will be cold, but our hearts (and hands!) will be warm in the cozy greenhouse tomorrow during our Valentines Holiday Market from 10-2.  We'll have lots of tasty, fragrant, pretty and healthy gifts for your Sweetie (or yourself).  Here's the line-up:

  • Chad's Chai and Tea Company will will have gift sets and bags of their premium loose-leaf teas. They are also offering a special: this month, buy a bag of the Original Black Chai, get a small bag of any tea for free!
  • Greenberries Farm will be bringing a variety of hand-made items including birdhouses, trivets, magnets, and garden totes -- all crafted from used wine corks and boxes, tile, scrap/barn wood, and other odds and ends. She'll also have a limited quantity of dried heirloom tomatoes!
  • Mystic Wolf's Den will be bringing several new soaps -- along with some old favorites -- along with lip balms and salves. Pat has some beautiful new creations that are perfect for Valentines Day!
  • Steve's Pralines Steve Gauthreaux will be bringing his delicious pecan pralines.  He is a Louisiana native who has been making these tasty treats for more than 50 years using his mother's recipe. His pralines are the REAL deal! 

What's on our Table?  We'll have gift items and fresh veggies for you and yours.  In the gift department, we'll have lots of Jams (Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle, Raspberry-Cranberry, Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter and Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce) - several varieties will be available in gift sizes.  There will be fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus, Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Turmeric, and Garlic Powder & Granules as well!  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Paperwhites

All our best for a wonderful Valentines Day and Presidents' Day weekend!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

We Can Get You Into a Jam!

 

Plum Granny Farm jam

You can now buy our delicious fruit-forward jams from our online store! Even though our jams are not Certified Organic, they have been certified tasty by our many customers!  Treat yourself or a friend to the taste of fresh-picked berries -- in a jar!  There are 5 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, and Old Fashioned Blackberry. Several of the varieties are available in gift-size jars.  And our delicious Raspberry-Chipotle Molé Sauce is back!

Click on the "Online Store" tab under the photos on our homepage to get started.  We'll even ship the jam for your gift-giving ease.

Jam ready to ship

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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Fresh Pix

Last rose of summer

My Mom always used the expression, "You look like the last rose of summer."  I took that to mean that you weren't really in your prime but there was still some beauty left.  Here is the literal "last rose of summer" blooming in Mom's rose bed -- in December.

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