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

 

 

 

News and blog

Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Pop Up Market Tomorrow!

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, April 11 :: 2:56pm

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!

What a beautiful week to get things done around the farm! Spring is really putting on its beautiful colors.  The yellows of the daffodils are being replaced by the brilliant yellows of the gold finches at the bird feeder.  The haze of white at the dogwoods are now turning into flowers.

Bathtub filled with daffodils and tulips

Dogwoods

Lots more onions in the ground (a big thanks goes to Bill Talich letting us know about the great song, "I Love Onions", it entertains us while we plant).  Here are Emma & Elliot proclaiming victory over unplanted onion transplants! 

Elliot & Emma celebrate the completion of onion planting

And don't forget, we are still accepting memberships for the Allium Adventure Club.  But better hurry-- the tour begins on May 3rd!

A great thing about being is small farm is how farmers help each other.  Today we loaded up 5 other farmers with a shared load of soil amendments.  Bill Smith of Old Town Farm in Walnut Cove worked with us to coordinate a 5 pallet tractor trailer load from Seven Springs.  It was a win-win for all of us -- we shared the shipping cost and were able to get a much better price than we would if we had ordered individually.  That's one of the many beautiful things about the farming community.

It's hard to believe but after 4 months, we are back at market!  We will have our first Cobblestone Pop Up TOMORROW (Saturday, April 12) from 9 to noon.  The market will be held at the parking lot behind Mary's Gourmet Diner (7th and Trade) in Downtown.  We'll have lots of Certified Organic baby kale, swiss chard, salad mix, sugarloaf radicchio, salad turnips, pea shoots, blackberry & black raspberry plants, transplants (tomatoes, tomatillos, basil and other herbs, and eggplant), garlic powder, jam and MORE!
Emma with radichhio

Talk to you next week. Enjoy the Full Pink Moon and Blood Moon Eclipse on Tuesday!

Cheryl & Ray

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

New! Join our Allium Adventure Club!

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Are the words "garlic," "onions." "shallots," "leeks" your favorite words to see in a recipe?  Then check out our new Allium Adventure Club to learn about a new offering that will make your life and shopping soooo much easier!  Click on http://www.plumgrannyfarm.com/allium-adventure-club for more information!

Our Jams are Now Available Online!

 

Jars of jam stacked on top of each other

For those of you who have been asking...the answer is "YES!"  You can now buy our delicious fruit-forward jams from our online store! Treat yourself or a friend to the taste of fresh-picked berries -- in a jar!  There are 5 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, and Old Fashioned Blackberry. We also have our terrific Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Cooking Sauce!  Three of the varieties are available in gift-size jars.

Click on the "Online Store" tab under the photos on our homepage to get started.  We'll even ship the jam for your gift-giving ease.

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

 Lettuce before harvest

It's been a long tough winter.  All of us are a bit battered at its end, but there is something quite rejuvenating about pulling back a row cover and seeing beautiful heads of lettuce that have come through the winter.  Isn't Nature amazing?

 

 

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