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
Photo: Walt Unks, Winston-Salem Journal
Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, May 22 :: 7:51am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
Brix says it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! And indeed it is! And the weekend forecast is for more of the same - so we have some special things planned for this Holiday weekend.
Since it is a Holiday weekend, we encourage you to take a short drive up to Stokes County to see one of the most beautiful places on earth. Did you know that Hanging Rock State Park (just 9 miles north of the farm) was named one of the nation's top 20 "Most Stunning State Parks"? USA Today bestowed that honor last summer and there's no better time to see it than now! This spring has been kind to the flora and fauna of the County's woods, creeks and trails. You've missed the rhododendron but the mountain laurel is putting on quite a show. We have a few patches of it around the margins of the woods here at the farm.
We really got to see a show of it yesterday when Team Plum Granny headed up the road a bit to Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tours. Yes, believe it or not, we actually got off the farm for some fun! It was a combination team-building adventure/farewell to Jen/job well-done outing that was a blast! Check out a few of the pictures -- it was a blast! Thanks for the great tour, Lauren and Noah!
And if you happen to wander up to Stokes County on Monday, we will be having another pick-your-own strawberry day from 10:00 a.m. until noon! This past Monday's picking was a lot of fun and the extra day of rest/ripening for the berries is good. Here's Sandy with one of her buckets of strawberry treasure!
Another bit of news we'd like to share with you. Last night, we were honored at the Stokes County Soil & Water Conservation District's Annual Awards Banquet as their 2015 Farm Family of the Year! We are deeply grateful and touched by this honor -- we will do our best to live up to the accolades!
Lots of great stuff on our tables at the Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (Saturday, 9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA (Wednesday, 11-1). There will be strawberries (Limit 2 quarts per customer), salad mix (2 types -- mixed lettuce and lettuce-frissé-wild spinach-edible flower blend), sugar snap peas, 4 varieties of red and green head lettuces, beets, baby Swiss Chard, baby kale, White Russian kale bunches, artichokes, baby pac choy, onions, lamb's quarters, garlic granules, along with basil, pepper and herb transplants, and blackberry and black raspberry plants -- all Certified Organic! We'll also have our full assortment of tasty jams. Lots of choices for your grilling and picnic pleasure!
Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend -- and take a moment to remember why it exists. One of the most moving moments of my life was on Memorial Day in 2004 when we took my father to the dedication of the World War 2 Memorial in Washington, DC. Seeing all of those amazing men and women who had given much of their youth in service to this country was awe-inspiring and powerful. This is a picture from that event -- the little girls were asking all those who served for their autographs, so my father humbly obliges.
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray