Farm description

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 8, 2019 -- Winter Is Coming! ❄

Posted by Cheryl :: Thursday, November 14 :: 3:38pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
Folks are frequently surprised when we tell them that we are planting at this time of year.  "What in the world would you plant now?!," they exclaim.  Well, actually LOTS!

Yesterday Jonny and Sarah planted 1,100 bulb shallots (the seeded ones will be planted next spring) and got a good start on the garlic.  We're getting our "early risers" in the ground now -- the Asiatic garlics -- because they are the first to come out in late May-early June.  These varieties will be followed by the softneck Artichokes (Red Toch, Inchelium Red) and hardneck Rocamboles and Purple Stripes (Chesnok, German Red, etc.)  It sure feels good to be getting garlic planted this early after last year's challenges!

We also finished up the strawberry planting this week!  Hooray!!!

We had a tough taskmaster keeping us on track for planting the strawberries -- this guy is relentless!

For those of you keeping score at home, we planted 2,847 plants, which was a bit less than what we had hoped.  Unfortunately some of the plants weren't strong enough to be planted out in the field. The weaker plants will be going to winter camp in the greenhouse to get healthy for hanging baskets come Spring.

After the berries were all tucked in the ground, we had to make sure that they had a good drink of water as well as a shot of nutrition -- fish emulsion and compost tea.

We are SOOOOO happy to have this task behind us (another checkmark on this list!) so that we can jump into garlic planting.  Ray wants to have it all in the ground by Thanksgiving.

In addition to this, we planted lots of lettuce in one of the high tunnels and seeded more tomatoes and cucumbers for the greenhouse.  It never ends!

Doing the Pre-Freeze Hustle -- Part 2
Last weekend was cold, but this weekend (and next week) will be MUCH colder!  We still haven't been able to get the endwalls closed on Tabby (the newest hoophouse), so we covered the snow peas with a frost protection blanket.  Gotta keep these babies comfy and warm!

We will also be covering the strawberries if the temperatures dip below 20 (they are bouncing all around that mark.)  Winter Is Coming, My Friends...

What a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!
On Sunday, we held our 4th Annual Thank You Party for our PlumFresh members and wonderful farm volunteers.  What a perfect Fall afternoon!  Kids got to run around, meet the critters and take a hayride around the farm to see where their food comes from.  We enjoyed lots of great food by the fire, too!

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update 
Just 2 more weeks of market at Old Salem after tomorrow!  Yep, it's going to be cold but it will be clear and sunny.  So bundle up and we'll greet you with a warm smile and some wonderful produce!

Our delicious Sweet Potatoes have been Rock Stars!  We have 3 varieties that work with sweet AND savory dishes.  They also pair well with our Baby Ginger -- ask us for a recipe!  And don't forget the Green Chicken Chile Stew!  It was a big hit at our party on Sunday -- and it will be great for you, too!  Grab a bag of our fire-roasted green chile (Mild and Medium) and a recipe and you'll be on your way to bring a little bit of New Mexico to your kitchen!  The Chile is vacuum-packed and freezes great for meals (salsa, quesadillas, soups and stews) this winter.

In addition to these, you'll find

  • Sweet Peppers
  • Japanese Shishito and Fushimi Peppers
  • Not-Hot Aji Dulce and Trick or Treat Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Roasted Poblano Peppers and Roasted Aji Dulce Peppers (both are vacuum-packed and freeze great!)
  • Daikon Radishes
  • Culinary Garlic -- just a little bit
  • And more!

As usual, if you'd like us to hold an item for you, please email no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday night and we'll have it waiting for you. 


Monday is Veterans Day.  This is the 100th Anniversary of the national designation of this day, originally known as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I.

We offer our thanks and deep appreciation to all of those who have served our country.  As the children of two World War II vets, we have a special connection to this day.  If you are a Veteran, THANK YOU for your service!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

PlumFresh is Now Open for Sign-Ups!

UPDATEWe now have a waiting list for the season.  If you are interested, please register using the online form noted below -- no deposit is necessary until we know that we have a space available for you.

Our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program is now open for sign-ups for the 2019 season!  Get Certfied Organic veggies and fruit delivered or pick up at the farm or at Cobblestone Farmers Market.  PlumFresh is not your typical CSA -- flexibility is our watchword.  You can trade out items you don't like and skip a week if you need.  For more information, click here.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

Do you want the latest news from the farm? How about the opportunity to reserve items for pick-up at market? Join our mailing list for our "Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update"!




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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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