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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 September 7, 2018 -- Detective Donk Solves Mystery!

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, September 9 :: 2:00pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Welcome September!

Ah ha!  Our Ace detective, Inspector Brix has it a-l-l figured out.  Over the past few weeks the repairs to the fence, adding new gates and spiffing up the barn have kept Brix more than a bit intrigued.  She hadn't been able to suss out much from the humans and the sheep were clueless.

Well on Sunday, all of the puzzle parts started to fit together.  As Inspector Brix was possibly coming up with a conclusion for The Great Pasture Caper, a big trailer pulled in.  Out stepped this huge cow!

Oh my!  Given Brix's interactions with the last cow on the farm, she was a bit dubious.  The last cow chased her out of her hutch and was very scary with her horns.  This cow seemed calmer and less threatening.  But still, a donkey can't be too cautious, right?

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Yes, on Sunday we welcomed the newest member of the Plum Granny Farm herd:  Cara! She is a Brown Swiss dairy cow -- no, we are not starting up a new enterprise!  But she will be calving in about a month, so some form of milking is on the horizon.

Cara comes to us from Black Hollow Dairy in Dublin, Virginia which is newly certified organic (yay!).  Her owners, Kim and Blair Sanders have always considered her to be the perfect "PR Cow" -- she is very friendly, loves attention and is interested in humans and their activities!  Their daughter, Grace, raised her and has taken her all over the place -- from daycare center visits to living nativities at her church!  Cara is a very special cow.

 

Cara is getting settled in to her new life (without her 350 fellow cows).  She seems like she is getting the hang of life around Plum Granny Farm and she looks forward to meeting you at one of our future events!

It hasn't been all about The Cow around here this week.  BB and Tony said they are on their 2nd new pasture area since Sunday (burp!) and they are quite content. (Did somebody say something about a cow?  We didn't notice!)

They did notice their new collars today, though!

 

And BUNCHES of stuff got planted and the new beans and peas are popping out of the ground!  And tomatoes are developing on the new plants in the greenhouse.  That was fast!

   

And we just built the world's best raised bed for carrots!  Super deep and fluffy and it's getting planted today.

Save the Date!  Garlic Workshop on October 14

Mark your calendar for our popular Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop!  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 14 from 2-5!  The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. For more information and a registration form, check out our website.

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update
Peppers are definitely on the docket this week at market!  Our perfect Picnic/Lunchbox Peppers will be out in force.  Sooooo sweet and delicious!

We'll also have our wonderful Shishito Peppers -- great on the grill, seared in a skillet or blended up in a tasty cold soup!  Back by popular demand, we'll have samples (and recipes) of our delicious Creamy Shishito Soup.

At the Potato Bar, you'll find the Famous Bintje Potatoes -- the original French fry potato from the Netherlands.  We'll also have Russets and boxes of tasty Creamers -- roasted potatoes on the grill or yummy Potato Salad anyone?

In the Garlic Department, we'll have at least 6 varieties of Bulb Garlic (Red Toch, Spanish Roja, Lorz, German Red, Lahontan Early, Elephant and the last of the Chesnok) along with Garlic Sampler Bags and Garlic Granules.  We'll have Sunflower and Pea Shoots, Dill, Parsley, a very few cucumbers and tomatoes.

Whew!  That's it for this week!

Wishing our Jewish friends a very blessed and happy Rosh Hashanah! This year, Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year and anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve -- falls on September 9. Rosh Hashanah, which translates from Hebrew to the “head of the year,” is a two-day celebration. In 2014, we had the privilege of having congregants from Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem celebrate the 2nd day with us as they contemplated caring for and healing the earth.  That was a very special day at the farm.  Happy New Year!

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

 

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It's Time to Think Garlic!

Mark your calendar for our popular Growing Great Garlic at Home workshop!  If you have always wanted to grow garlic but need some advice to get going or want to improve your skills, this is just the ticket!  It will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 14 from 2-5!  The class fee is $35 and includes a 1/2 pound bag of seed garlic. For a registration form, click here.

Wait List Opportunities Available for PlumFresh Memberships

UPDATE!  We are currently taking reservations for our waiting list as all of our subscriptions are Sold Out.

Would you like to get a box of delicious, Organic food every week?  Do you like to cook?  Do you want to ensure that your family is getting the freshest and safest food available?  Check out our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription program!  It offers you incredible flexibility without big upfront charges.  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!  

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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