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

 

 

 

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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- One Potato, Two Potato...

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, July 22 :: 9:40am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

One potato, two potato, three potato, MORE!  Hooray!  We have finished our potato harvest and we are happy to report it was a great success!  On Monday, the last of the spuds came out of the field and were weighed, boxed and tucked away into the walk-in cooler for safe keeping. 

Chris, Andrew & Ray finalizing the potato weights

Once we tallied up all of the harvest numbers, we were blown away by the total -- more than TWO TONS of potatoes came out of the field!  That's a new record for us!  In case you are interested in precise numbers (we LOVE people like you!), the grand total was 4,462 pounds (2,269 fingerlings and 2,193 standards).  And coming off of 2 years of crop failures, it feels really great to have a good harvest.

Yesterday we took 500 pounds of LaRatte fingerlings to our friends at The Produce Box.  Our little bundles of potato love will be wandering all around the Triangle and the Triad next week!

Brandon unloading boxes of potatoes

Yesterday we hosted another great group of Leaders in Training from YMCA Camp Hanes.  As part of their community service week, they came to help us prep our French Red shallots for market.  The group consisted of twelve high school sophomores from around the state, students from South Korea and their great counselors, Caitlin and Andrew.  Thanks for coming out to the farm and lending your hands!

Working on shallots  2nd Session Camp Hanes LIT

Twilight Blackberry Pick-Your-Own on Sunday

Our delicious Triple Crown blackberries are still doing well!  They are loving this heat (as long as we keep irrigating them!)  So we're having another pick-your-own on Sunday (7/24) from 5-7.  Since Sunday is going to be hot, we'll give you the opportunity to pick in the evening when it's a bit cooler -- the blackberry field is really nice at that time of the day.  We provide picking containers but please bring a container to take your treasures home -- plus a cooler!  You can't get any fresher than berries you pick yourself and the great thing about our berries is that they are THORNLESS, Certified Organic AND no-spray!

Happy blackberry picker

Market Updates!

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 including boatloads of fingerling and standard potatoes (don't forget the Bintjes!), the first of the CURED GARLIC (Red Toch, Music, Chesnok, Georgian Crystal, Lahontan and Lorz Italian). French Red Shallots, Leeks, Baby Kale, Okra, Tomato Fruit Boxes, Fennel, Kohlrabi, and a few green beans. We'll also have our Garlic Scape Pesto -- have you tried it with potatoes?  Nom-nom!

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.

Pint Clamshell Containers, Please?

Do you have any of our pint clamshell containers hanging around your house from berries or tomatoes?  If so, we'd love to get them back!  We typically can't use clamshells from other farms because the labels won't come off but we can recycle them if you want to bring them to us.

Today's special holiday is something that your tired farmers could really get into:  Hammock Day.  It's appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3 though August 11th). The creators of this event say that you are supposed to spend as much time as possible in your hammock on this day -- it is not a day for work. Hmmm... that makes it hard to harvest veggies for market!  Guess it's a good thing that we don't have a hammock so we'll still have great fresh produce on our tables tomorrow!  See you soon!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick-Your-Own Update

 Blackberries in hand

Pick blackberries at Twilight!  Our delicious Triple Crown blackberries are still doing well!  They are loving this heat (as long as we keep irrigating them!)  So we're having another pick-your-own on Sunday (7/24) from 5-7.  Since Sunday is going to be hot, we'll give you the opportunity to pick in the evening when it's a bit cooler -- the blackberry field is really nice at that time of the day.  We'll provide picking containers but please bring a container to take your treasures home -- plus a cooler!  You can't get any fresher than berries you pick yourself and the great thing about our berries is that they are Certified Organic AND no-spray!

Happy berry pickers

 

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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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