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 April 12, 2019 -- April Showers Bring...May Peas?

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, April 14 :: 3:39pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 
Although the raindrops are falling, that's not going to stop Team Plum Granny from planting, harvesting and just generally getting things done!

 

Like the old adage goes:  "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."  In our case, the "couriers" are carrying plants!

It's been a beautiful week here at the farm and we've been able to knock a number of items off our to-do list -- especially planting and field prep.  All of the potatoes are in along with cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, arugula, bunching onions, beets, more snap peas, beans and broccoli!  The asparagus beds were weeded and topped with compost (boy, are they happy!)  We got lots of weeding done too!

   

And the stuff already in the ground is looking mighty good!

   

Trucker Ray
Did you know that Farmer Ray moonlights as a truck driver?  Just kidding!  But he did wrangle Cheryl's cousin's dump truck up to Seven Springs Farm Supply on Wednesday to pick up another co-op order of organic soil amendments.  Three pallets of good stuff to help improve our soil and that of fellow farmer friends.  With that size load (5,000 pounds!), it's a good thing he didn't have to deal with the snow and fog like Cheryl did on her visit!

 

Mark Your Calendar:  The Grand Palooza of Plants!
Speaking of soil amendments, you'll be able to find them at our huge plant sale that will be held here at the farm on Saturday, April 27 (10-3), Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2).  Since we are a dealer for Seven Springs, we keep a number of fertilizers such as Harmony and fish emulsion in stock. 

In addition to the stuff to make your plants grow and thrive, you'll find a great selection of beautiful Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties of tomatoes, peppers, other veggies, herbs and flowers.  We will also have farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants as well as potted ginger and turmeric.

Shear Delights!
Yesterday was Spring Shearing Day for BB and Tony.  Our dear friend. Laura Frazier of FarmGirl Arts, came by to give the sheep their twice-yearly trim.  We have been working on getting this done earlier in the season -- it's better for the quality of the fleece and much better for the sheep.  You try wearing a thick wool coat when the thermometer registers 90 degrees!

 

PlumFresh Is Sold Out!
Thanks so much for all of your support for our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program! We have sold out this year's slots in record time -- even after increasing the number of spaces available!  We do have a waiting list and would be happy to add your name to it.  You just need to register for the program on our online registration form -- no deposit is necessary until we know that we will have a space available for you.  

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update
Thanks so much for a terrific Opening Day at Cobblestone Farmers Market last weekend!  We really enjoyed seeing all of you that stopped by and shopped with us.  So many of you have been customers since we first came to market in 2009 -- back when the Krankies Farmers Market was still inside Krankies Coffee (for you newcomers, that market was the beginning of the current Cobblestone Farmers Market).  We are so honored for your support and trust in us.  And it is so great to meet new folks each market day as well!  We look forward to building that kind of longstanding relationship with you, too.

Our new location is working out well -- we are just across West Street from where we used to be (Shore Farms' former location) but we are still near the intersection of West Street and Old Salem Road.  Under the purple tent you'll find lots of Certified Organic spring goodness including Snacking Cucumbers, Sunflower Shoots, Pea Shoots, Parsley, Chives, Elephant Garlic, Fresh Turmeric, Teeny Tiny Taters, Bunching Onions and Microgreens.  And don't forget our delectable Jams, Garlic Powder and Granules, Turmeric Powder along with Ginger Powder and Granules.

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!  Bring your rain jacket just in case -- although the forecast seems to have a break in the rain during market hours.

Traffic Update: Remember that Business 40 is still closed but Broad Street is now open.  Be sure to check out alternative routes -- this link can provide some options (and there are several!)

As usual, if you'd like us to hold an item for you please email no later than 10:00 p.m. Friday night and we'll have it waiting for you.

That does it for this week's edition!  If you are looking to do something after market, check out the 2019 Piedmont Earth Day Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds (indoors at the Education Building).  It's a great place to learn about options to reduce your impact on our precious Mother Earth -- and have a lot of fun while you are at it!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

 

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Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

PlumFresh is Now Open for Sign-Ups!

UPDATEWe now have a waiting list for the season.  If you are interested, please register using the online form noted below -- no deposit is necessary until we know that we have a space available for you.

Our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program is now open for sign-ups for the 2019 season!  Get Certfied Organic veggies and fruit delivered or pick up at the farm or at Cobblestone Farmers Market.  PlumFresh is not your typical CSA -- flexibility is our watchword.  You can trade out items you don't like and skip a week if you need.  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!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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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