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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 -- Welcome Fall!

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, September 23 :: 9:11am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Colorful leaf
 
Happy Fall, ya'll!  The cooler, cloudy days definitely announce a season change but probably nothing makes so clear a statement as the shorter days!  It's a bit hard to get used to not having daylight until 8:45 p.m.!  But the lambs and Brix are glad to be getting their dinner sooner.
 
Probably the biggest news on the farm this week has been the arrival of BEANS!  We finally get a crop of one of our favorite veggies!  These poor plants probably have a bit of a complex because we have been watching them so closely -- but they didn't get stage fright and have started producing bunches of beautiful, tasty goodness.  We are growing some really wonderful varieties this year including a couple of new ones.  There's round pod (Jade), French filet (green Tavera and gorgeous dark purple Velour), Italian flat pod (Pension, sweet Northeaster and the purple-flecked Dragon Tongue).  Look for them at market this week!
 
Chris picking beans  Hands full of beans
 
The next big thing is planting strawberries.  We are moving them to another field this year so we have to get the beds prepped and covered in landscape fabric.  We are reusing the fabric from the strawberry field -- this will be its 3rd year of use!  Before we move it, we have to remove all of the plant materials and sod staples and then sanitize it to make sure we aren't carrying any disease to another field.  This is a very important step especially since we don't use fungicides like conventional growers do!
 
Empty field where the strawberries were
Where did the strawberries and pumpkins go?!
 
We are also continuing work on the shed we are building on the greenhouse. Slowly but surely, it is getting done.  And it is going to be SO useful!  Right now it is at an awkward stage -- looking somewhat like a cross between a school bus shelter and a confessional booth....
Ray working on the shed  Chris working on the shed  Current state of the shed

Our little RingBob is doing great!  He is gaining weight and is becoming very socialized.  We hope to be releasing him from his crate next week.  Then he and Detroit will be able to roam the farm freely as co-Chief Rodent Control Officers!

RingBob

Garlic Growing Workshop -- Register Soon!

We've had a great response to our Garlic Workshop which will be held here at the farm on Sunday, October 9 from 2-5.  The workshop will provide extensive information on garlic growing as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  In addition to instruction, participants will receive 1/2 pound of seed garlic.  Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration and prepayment is required.  Cost of the course is $30.  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com for a registration form or pick up one at market.

Garlic

Market Update

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness!  We'll have those great BEANS, LaRatte Fingerling Potatoes, Bintje Potatoes, Teensy Weensy Taters Boxes, boxes of Creamer Potatoes, Garlic (6 varieties -- we are starting to run out of some of our most popular varieties including Music and Lahontan!), heirloom Okra (Burgundy and Cajun Jewel), a few squash, Garlic Braids and more.  We'll also have our Garlic Scape Pesto which adds garlicky goodness to your early fall soups!

We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

Enjoy the break in weather -- and delight in rainbows wherever you find them.  This one popped up yesterday evening over Cook's Wall - such great light!

Rainbow over Cook's Wall

Talk with you soon,

Cheryl & Ray

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Growing Great Garlic at Home

Garlic in field

It's time to think about planting garlic!  Mid-October is the traditional start date for garlic planting in this area.  We are holding our 2nd Annual hands-on garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 9 from 2-5.  The workshop will provide extensive information on garlic growing as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  In addition to instruction, participants will receive 1/2 pound of seed garlic.  Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration and prepayment is required.  Cost of the course is $30.  Please click here for a registration form or pick up one at market.

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

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

Last rose of summer

My Mom always used the expression, "You look like the last rose of summer."  I took that to mean that you weren't really in your prime but there was still some beauty left.  Here is the literal "last rose of summer" blooming in Mom's rose bed -- in December.

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