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
Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, October 17 :: 10:34am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
What a gorgeous morning! Beautiful sunshine, pleasantly cool -- the perfect fall day. Hard to believe we had such turbulence earlier in the week. Tuesday evening we were securing anything that might blow due to forecasts for tornadoes and high winds -- thank goodness those didn't come but we did get nearly 2 inches of rain. It's nice to have a sunny, calm day.
Our week has been a hodgepodge of clearing, planting, fertilizing and harvesting. The strawberries are now in the ground (fortified by a nice sip of fish emulsion as a toddy to get them through the winter). Kale, bunching onions and leeks have also been planted -- but there are a lot more greens to come! And more potatoes!
A few photos to share:
As many of you know, we have been without a pet cow for 3 years. Yam, our beloved bovine, was a fixture in the pasture and the official greeter for the Capella Community. We have been looking for her successor somewhat half-heartedly because we don't really have the time for another bottle baby calf. But we got a call on Saturday evening from our vet telling us about a calf. On Sunday, we went up to the Sparks Family Farm just outside Stuart and picked up the tiniest, cutest Angus. Cheryl decided his name should be "Sparky." His prognosis wasn't very good -- had been born on Thursday and his mother wasn't really producing milk. And the weather had been very wet and cold. But we loaded this limp little guy into a large crate and headed back to the farm. My cousin had space in his barn and we fixed up a warm, cozy spot. He eagerly took his first bottle of milk and started showing more energy. When we checked on him later in the night, he was sleeping peacefully. The next morning when we went over to feed him, unfortunately he had not made it. It was very hard to lose him so soon, but Sparky opened up space in our hearts and heads for another calf -- it won't be another 3 years before there is a friendly bovine in the pasture.
On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12). This Saturday is the Harvest Day: Pigs and Pippins in Old Salem so it may be extra busy. On Wednesday, find us at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).
On our tables you'll find lots of garlic! Garlic Powder and Garlic Granules (Spanish Roja & Music), bags of Seed Garlic for planting, Culinary garlic -- Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, German Red, and Lorz Italian -- and garlic braids.
Those yummy LaRatte Fingerling potatoes will be there in bunches! Lots of okra (burgundy and green). The tomatoes are still on the menu but in much smaller quantity! There will be Aji Dulce (the sweet habanero) and shishito peppers, as well as swiss chard and eggplant (small amounts) -- all Certified Organic! We also have a new batch of Basil Pesto! In the Jam Department, we are all stocked up!
As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Here's wishing you a wonderful Sweetest Day tomorrow. It's a day for you to recognize a sweet and special someone. It doesn’t matter who that person is, or what their relation is to you. They just have to be "sweet" in order to get a little recognition.
Until our next edition,
Cheryl & Ray