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 9, 2018 -- Better Bundle Up - Here Comes the Cold!

Posted by Cheryl :: Monday, November 12 :: 7:39am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  
The weather forecast is causing some shivers around the farm!  Time to get stuff buttoned up for a freeze.  With lows predicted in the 20's over the next week, we needed to get a few tasks complete.

One of the major items on our to-do list was to get our newest high tunnel (Mama Meow) covered.  It will be the site of our Small Business Saturday Holiday Market on November 24 so the time was right to make that happen.   We got it mostly complete yesterday despite some pretty strong wind gusts.  Have you ever tried holding a 53' x 30' sheet of plastic with 15 MPH wind gusts?  NOT EASY!  Now we just need to get the back wall window sealed and the other roll-up complete and we will be good to go!

 

Testing...1-2-3, Testing
It's test time around the farm!  As part of the ongoing review of our soils and water, we get soil tests from all of our fields as well as water tests from our wells and pond.  We have to do this as part of our Organic Inspection (which got postponed to next week).  But we also do it to monitor our soil health and water quality as we improve and sustain our fields for healthy food.  It's all part of ensuring that we are doing the right stuff!  Home gardeners should also make sure to get their soils tested -- that way, you'll know exactly what nutrients are needed for your garden.  Soil tests are free until November 30.  Here is a link to the form.

We had a wonderful day at the farm on Sunday!  We held our 3rd Annual Thank You Party for our terrific volunteers and PlumFresh members.  There was lots of eating, talking, sitting around the fire and hay-riding.  But the biggest start of the show?  Three guesses... Mia!  (Of course, Cara was a star, too.)  And the walk in the Pepper Forest was very tasty (despite finding a hot pepper!)

 

Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!
It's just TWO weeks away!  Saturday, November 24 from 10-3 is our 5th Annual Holiday Market!  We have a great line-up of vendors here at the farm:  Borrowed Land Farm, Bunny's Trees, Chad's Chai, Greenberries Farm, Monteith Homestead, Mystic Wolf's Den and Scattered Seeds Farm.  More details on what folks will be bringing are coming soon.  We will also have a great food truck, Almost Home Cooking that will be serving up biscuits, burgers and more!  For ongoing updates and breaking news, please check our Facebook Event page.

Don't forget that our friends at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery will have a bunch of vendors too! Plan for a great day of FUN!  Pick up a flyer at market for all the details and get ready to Shop Small!

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Pink, Pink, Pink!  It's Baby Ginger season!  Just think of the wonderful creations you can have for your Thanksgiving meals with this healthy delicious crop.  Check out our recipe sheet for instructions on how to make candied ginger -- an easy and tasty after-dinner mint!

For the next to the last Cobblestone market, we'll also have Green Beans, the first of our Green Chile and Poblano Peppers, Shishitos, Sweet Red Peppers, Trick or Treat (no heat habaneros) Peppers, Kohlrabi, Kale, Daikon Radishes, Garlic, Sunflower Shoots and MORE!  All of our products are Certified Organic and we grow everything we sell.

A Note about Jam:  Several of you have asked about our jams -- where are they?  We will have a very few jars next Saturday but we will have a full selection at our Small Business Saturday event and online.

Sunday is Veteran's Day.  It is also the 100th Anniversary of 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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Small Business Saturday Coming Soon!

Saturday, November 24 is the BIG DAY!  It's time to #shopsmall and #shoplocal!  We'll be hosting our 5th Annual Holiday Market here at the farm from 10-3.  Eight vendors and a food truck will all be on hand to get your Holiday Season started right! Sign up for our weekly email to get more details or check our Facebook page (@PlumGrannyFarm).

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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