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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

 

 

 

News and blog

Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, September 12 :: 1:42pm

 

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

Oh the weather!  Cool days, warm days, hot days -- we seem to be in that crazy and variable weather cycle.  No impact yet on our plants -- our summer plants are still doing great.  The peppers are really starting to come in like gangbusters! Shishitos, Aji Dulce and sweet Italian roasters are beginning to fill the walk-in.  Speaking of shishitos, 585 pint bags of them went to our friends at The Produce Box this week!  Here we are putting the finishing touches on the order:

 Pcking bags of shishitos

And speaking of peppers, our Old Salem market customers can look forward to sampling freshly roasted peppers NEXT week at market!

It's strawberry planting time!  We picked up our order of 2,000 strawberry plants at Cottle's Strawberry Nursery in Faison on Tuesday and they are resting comfortably in the greenhouse while we get the field ready for them.  We will have our certified organic strawberry plants at market this week that we grew from tips from our own plants.  Chandler and Sweet Charlie are available in 4-packs -- fall is planting time!

Strawberry plant

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  On Wednesday, find us at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (11-1).  What will you find on our tables?  Tomatoes will still be there in force!  We'll be featuring the unusual and beautiful (and tasty!!) Striped Roman tomato.  Come have a taste of one of our favorites -- it does double duty as a sauce tomato and it works in sandwiches too

Striped Roman tomatoes

We'll also have heirloom slicers, quart boxes of tasty saladette tomatoes, "fruit" boxes, pints of Red Pearl and Suzanne and the beautiful "Blush" tomato.  Plus we'll have snap green beans (Jade & Rattlesnake Pole) and French filet-type beans (Coban & Tavera), lots of garlic (Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, Spanish Roja, and Lorz Italian), Aji Dulce peppers (the sweet habanero), okra (green & burgundy), and swiss chard (small amount) -- all Certified Organic!  New this week is our delicious Garlic Scape Pesto and we'll have our regular basil pesto as well.  In the Jam Department, we are rebuilding our supply and have the Raspberry-Chipotle Chile Jam and Raspberry-Chipotle Mole Sauce back in stock!

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.

Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update

We are not holding out much hope for raspberries this year.  Despite our best efforts, they have been smothered by weeds and overwhelmed by pests.  We are regrouping on the crop and hope to have a few at market but likely no PYO.  :-(

 

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

Our Jams are Now Available Online!

 

Jars of jam stacked on top of each other

For those of you who have been asking...the answer is "YES!"  You can now buy our delicious fruit-forward jams from our online store! Treat yourself or a friend to the taste of fresh-picked berries -- in a jar!  There are 5 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, and Old Fashioned Blackberry. We also have our terrific Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Cooking Sauce!  Three of the varieties are available in gift-size jars.

Click on the "Online Store" tab under the photos on our homepage to get started.  We'll even ship the jam for your gift-giving ease.

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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Fresh Pix

 Farmhouse with old and new roof

Out with the old, in with the new!  The farmhouse roof has been in need of some TLC for quite a while.  We finally got around to getting it replaced this month.  We decided to go with a metal roof -- durable and maintenance-free.  The old tin shingles told stories of their past glory and colors.  And now the roof is green -- just like it used to be! 

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