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, July 3 :: 7:18am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
Welcome to July! Although, I must admit that this morning doesn't feel very July-ish. Cool, foggy and damp. Perfect conditions for blight. :-( How is it that farmers can take a perfectly lovely day and turn it into a bad thing?
Lots of things going on as usual! The blackberries are bursting into ripeness so we are picking like crazy! Before the rains hit yesterday afternoon, we already had 85 pints of berries in the walk-in cooler. Look for them at Saturday's market!
Since those berries are really coming in, come out to the farm and pick-your-own! We'll be open on Sunday, July 5 from 1-4 for picking. We provide picking trays but bring a container and cooler to carry your treasures home. Blackberries are $4.50 per pound and they are Certified Organic AND No-Spray.
Other Farm Doings...
Tomatoes are also getting a lot of attention. Ray has been working on pruning and trellising the field tomatoes -- they are looking good and will be much happier after a "haircut" and another line of trellis. We think we are on track to be seeing production by the end of the month. Unfortunately the tomatoes in Raz House (our high tunnel) aren't faring as well. Blight moved in and is quickly taking the plants down. Late blight is caused by a fungus, Phytophthora infestans. Phytophthora in Latin means "plant destroyer" and plant tissue dies quickly. We are harvesting lots of tomatoes as quickly as possible and then we will be destroying all of the plants and sanitizing the house for a couple of weeks. Despite the fact that the plants look terrible, we are getting a lot of beautiful fruit (and they are perfectly safe to eat).
Last week we told you about the bees coping with the heat and looking for water. Well, no sooner than "Send" was pressed on this newsletter, I got a call from Ray saying that we had a swarm in the blackberries! Maybe they were also looking for a new home! When you find a swarm, you drop everything else. Here are a couple of pictures from the event -- it was very exciting as Ray quickly and calmly worked to capture the swarm and give the girls a new hive. We posted a video of the capture and put it on our Facebook page.
Don't forget that NEXT weekend -- Sunday, July 12 from 1-5 p.m. -- will be our Farm Tour. Come visit us and 4 other farms in Forsyth, Stokes and Surry Counties. This free tour gives you a chance to go behind the scenes of 5 very diverse farms. We'll have a wagon tour of the farm, walking tours, pick-your-own blackberries, snowcones and more! For more information check out our Facebook page or get directions here. We will also have flyers at market. Spread the word!
Find us under the purple tent at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (NOTE: Different hours this Saturday ONLY, 8-11 a.m.) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA (Wednesday, 11-1). There will be lots of Blackberries, Fresh Garlic, French Red Shallots, Tomatoes, Black Raspberries, Swiss Chard, basil and Allium flowers (last week!) -- all Certified Organic! We will also have our gorgeous Stargazer Oriental Lilies - perfect for your Holiday table! You can also order Organic Sweet Potato Slips. And don't forget the jam!
Celebrate your Independence this weekend from tasteless, factory-farmed food -- Make it fresh and local and Organic!
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray