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 June 8, 2018 -- Shearing Season

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, June 10 :: 7:19pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  
Hasn't this been a beautiful week?  What a lovely start to June!  The weather has been perfect for a few tasks on our week's to-do list:  shearing the sheep, making hay and starting garlic harvest.

Shearing Day
Our friend, Laura Frazier of FarmGirl Arts (and BB and Tony's first human) kindly shears for us twice a year.  She is amazingly skillful, using hand shears, not electric clippers.  The fleece was very dense this year -- which made the process quite a challenge.  We vowed to shear earlier this fall and next spring.  Better fleeces, easier work! 

BB and Tony wanted me to show you their before and after pictures -- they feel SOOOOOO much better now!  And the look SO little (especially BB!)

   

Hay Days
Hay!  It's definitely been on our minds (and in our boots, in our hair, in our pants...) this week.  It has been hard to find a window of 5 dry days to get it mowed, raked and baled.  But this week presented the perfect weather opportunity.  You know it's time to mow when you can't find your hayrake in the field!

Man, this stuff is thick!  This will be one of the biggest hay crops that we've had.  All of the rains earlier in the year yielded bountiful grass, clovers and forbs!  Now if we only had more barns....

Garlic Harvest 2018
The harvest has begun with our Turban garlics as well as some of the Music.  Conditions are much better than last year -- thanks to better weeding.  But we think that all of the spring moisture could have resulted in somewhat smaller bulbs.  We'll know better as we get further into the harvest next week.

We also got all of our Elephant Flowers -- buckets and buckets of beautiful bouquets of garlicky-ness!

Farm Tour 2018!
Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour on Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m.  This FREE tour gives visitors the chance to see behind the scenes of 5 area farms -- each farm has special things planned for the day and we are all do different things!  Stay tuned for more information about what we'll have here at Plum Granny Farm!

That's a wrap for this week's edition! 

Today is World Oceans Day!  Did you know that 
Plastic pollution poses a threat to human health, kills and harms marine life, damages and alters habitats, and can have substantial negative impacts on local economies? Unlike many ocean issues, plastics pollution is a big problem that we need to -- and can address. The first step of avoiding disposable plastic bags can seem difficult -- but it's not impossible.  It's a great way for an individual to help make a difference. More than 80% of marine litter comes from land-based sources. The primary direct threat to marine life is entanglement or ingestion. Sea turtles, birds, and fish alike accidentally mistake plastic for food and choke or get sick by ingesting it.  Let's all do our part to reduce plastic use -- Reuse, Recycle and Choose Biodegradable!
 
Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update!

 

Our Strawberry season was unfortunately a short one due to the massive amounts of rain we received.  Fingers are crossed for a terrific Blackberry Season though!  We hope to have our first Pick-Your-Own in early July.  Stay tuned here for more information!

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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