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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 for November 17, 2017 -- Cobblestone Farmers Market Finale!

Posted by Cheryl :: Monday, November 20 :: 9:27pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Last weekend's freeze hit pretty hard -- it's always difficult to say goodbye to all of the plants that we've been carefully tending over the summer and fall.

But one clear lesson you learn as a farmer -- there are life cycles.  The Seasons dictate what we can do and grow (although we do cheat a bit with season extension and greenhouses).

Before the freeze, we harvested all of the peppers, winter squash and tomatoes.  They are now tucked into the greenhouse to ripen or are hanging to dry.  So all is not lost!

 

This week we have been cleaning up the dead plants -- the compost pile has a LOT to work on now!  One of our more interesting finds was a hornworm in the tomatoes!  And it was still alive!

  

Speaking of cheating a bit with the extending the seasons....we now have our hoophouse (Raz House) finished and ready to plant!  It is completely covered and we've added vents at the top that can be opened or closed as needed (instead of just cutting a hole in the plastic in the summer!).  Chris tilled in the new leaves and formed some absolutely beautiful beds!  We are going to have some mighty happy plants!!

     

Our Holiday Market Is Just 1 Week Away!

Don't forget to mark your calendar and set your clock for NEXT Saturday, November 25 from 10-3!  Gifts, fresh veggies, Holiday decorations and more will be found right in our greenhouse!  You'll even be able to get a tasty, fresh lunch.  Join us and our 9 vendors and our partners at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery and their 14 vendors!  Pick up a flyer at market and stay tuned for more details!  For profiles of the vendors that will be here, check out our event page on Facebook.      

               

Last Old Salem Market Tomorrow

Yes, that sad day is upon us.  Saturday will be the last day of the Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem!  But it is going to be a great one!  We'll be there tomorrow with lots of Certified Organic tastiness to keep your Thanksgiving tastebuds happy! 

And did I say JAM?  Yes, we've been jamming this week and it's back!  Just in time for the Holidays, we'll have several of our yummy raspberry jams on the table!  This week we'll have Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger and Raspberry Cranberry.  They are available in regular and gift-size jars.

 

Make sure you are well-stocked with GINGER! We have a new batch of Powdered Organic Ginger (it's NOT your typical grocery store stuff!).  We also have FRESH BABY GINGER!  Better make sure you have lots in the freezer for your Holiday cooking needs and warm tea in January!  We are happy to provide you with care instructions and recipes.

Did you say "More Carrots, please?!"  We'll have bunches of them along with Kale, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Pac Choi, Frisée, Radicchio, Kohlrabi and Freshly cut Herbs (Rosemary, Garlic Chives, Dill, Italian Parsley)!

In the Garlic Department, we'll have Garlic Powder and Granules and maybe a few Garlic Sampler Bags.

Think you'll have leftover turkey?  Make a big ol' pot of Green Chile Stew!  Grab a bag of our fire-roasted green chile and we'll give you a recipe to bring a little bit of New Mexico to your kitchen!

All of our products are Certified Organic and are grown by us!  If you would like us to hold an item for you, please let us know by 10:00 p.m. tonight.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we want to let you know how thankful we are to you for your business, your encouragement, your cheerfulness and your friendship.  We could not do this thing we call Plum Granny Farm without you -- and we are most grateful.

Until next Tuesday,

Cheryl & Ray         

 

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Mark Your Calendar! Holiday Market on November 25!

It won't be long until our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 25 from 10-3.  This event, now in its 4th year, has become the destination for many visitors to kick off the Holiday Season.  We'll be teaming up again with our friends from Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  There will be lots of vendors at both locations who will offer locally grown and produced items for the perfect gift for Holiday giving.  Feel good about supporting your local small business owners!


 

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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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