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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 -- Singing in the Rain!

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, May 20 :: 11:55am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
What a difference a week makes!  Last week we were swimming in strawberries and wiping the sweat off our brows.  Today we are suited up in rain gear and bemoaning the fact that we don't have any strawberries!  Such is the nature of this business we call farming.

Yep, the rain gauge is at 4".  Four inches of rain have fallen since Tuesday.  But we make the best of the situation -- more beans have been planted and we think about how great the rain is for the greens!  And Detroit and RingBob enjoy looking at the farm from one of their favorite perches.

And even in the rain, the farm is still beautiful.

Rain or shine, BB and Tony are celebrating today!  They are in their new paddock -- with grass as tall as they are!  I'm not sure if they slept at all last night -- too much good stuff to eat!  And Brix has to get used to them being in a new place.

The greenhouse continues to be a hub of activity.  Our current crop of cucumbers has pretty much played out but we are getting ready to plant another round of them.  The older cucumber plants were attacked by a nasty infestation of spider mites.  We have been working to control them with some biological sprays and the introduction of beneficial insects -- in this case, predatory mites.

It's also been a tough year for aphid control so we have turned to our friends, green lacewings.  There are green lacewing eggs mixed in the rice hulls in the picture.  Larvae hatch from the eggs and they are one of the best predators of aphids.  They are even called "Aphid Lions"!

But despite some pests, good stuff is coming out of the greenhouse!  Check out these tomatoes that are heading to PlumFresh members this weekend!

Strawberry Update
We had a great Mother's Day Pick-Your--Own last Sunday -- thanks to all of you who came out and shared some of our strawberry goodness.  One of our customers brought her daughter out for the afternoon and she captured some incredible photos.  Thanks to Aeliyra Photography for sharing these images!

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Grab your rain jacket and your boots and head on out to Cobblestone Farmers Market from 9-noon on Saturday.  We are a Rain or Shine market -- but if there are thunderstorms around, there is a chance the market may close early.  We suggest that you get to market closer to the opening bell -- if you wait until later, you may miss it.

Our purple tent will be packed with lots of Certified Organic goodness including SUGAR SNAP PEAS (oodles!), Spring Garlic, Kale (Lacinato/Dino and Red Russian), Kale Flowers, Snacking Cucumbers (a few), Tatsoi, Sunflower Shoots, Pea Shoots, Microgreens  and Young Ginger (vacuum-packed and frozen).  We'll also have Garlic Powder and Granules.  

Since we won't have the Strawberry Tsunami to deal with (that was CRAZY last week!), we'll have our Certified Organic transplants back under the tent.  We have lots of varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, tomatillos, veggie plants as well as some ginger plants.  Let us know if there is something in particular you are looking for!

If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. tonight and it will be ready for pick-up tomorrow.

That does it for this week!  Gesti asked us to remind you that Sunday is National Rescue Dog DayThis celebration was founded by Tails That Teach, Inc. to bring awareness to the thousands of rescue dogs awaiting their forever homes in shelters around the country.  Gesti and most of our previous dogs have been rescues -- and like the bumper sticker says, "Who Rescued Who?"

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update!

Our Strawberry Field is currently CLOSED.  We have had over 8 inches of rain so the berries have taken a beating.  Stay tuned -- we'll provide updates as the berries recover.

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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