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 July 13,2018 -- Tater Time!

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, July 15 :: 12:36pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
What a week!  Between berry-picking, planting, erecting deer fence, irrigating (LOTS!), eradicating Johnson Grass and harvesting potatoes (and more!), our to-do lists have been pretty full!  Let's take a quick field walk around to see what's happening, shall we?

    

And we found a HIPPO!  One of the fun things about harvesting potatoes is all of the interesting shapes that you find.  This year's winner is from our new variety, Raspberry.  Everyone needs a pink hippo, don't you think?

  ("I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinkey tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy..")


We're not the only ones that think the blackberry field is a wonderful place....  We've cordoned off this area to give the family some privacy (and the parents were quite protective!)

Some Days....
Then there are some days you just scratch your head and wonder why.... On Tuesday, I happened to notice someone walking along the Highway 66 side of the farm.  He was wearing a bright yellow shirt that road workers wear and it looked like he had a backpack sprayer.  I ran down to see what was happening, and sure enough he was spraying a small growth of poplar tree saplings.  I told him to stop immediately.  His crew chief was in a truck across the road, and I made him get out and cut all of the area that had been sprayed and remove the branches.  After some cajoling and stern insistence, they did so.  The crew chief kept telling me it was safe and that he would even drink the stuff (yeah, right).  They didn't quite understand what "ORGANIC" meant.  Problem solved.

Well, not so fast.  About 2 hours later, I happened to notice the SAME guy with a backpack spraying on the Flat Shoals Road part of the farm.  I ran over, told him to stop and made him call his supervisor.  But not before taking this picture.

As organic farmers, we have to be very diligent to make sure that things aren't done to our land that are in violation of our organic practices and certification.  We post signs, get on the "Do Not Spray" lists for the utilities but even then, vigilance is key.  Hopefully now we won't have to deal with this crew again this season -- but we'll keep our eyes open.

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update

Tater Time!  We've been harvesting more potatoes this week, so our Potato Bar will be filled with more delights including the crowd-pleasing German Butterball, low-glycemic Nicola, and the new Raspberry (a pink fleshed potato with a dark pink skin).  Boxes of the cute little Creamer Potatoes will also be available.

We'll also have lots of other Certified Organic goodness including Escarole, Garlic Sampler Bags, freshly Cured Garlic (including Elephant, Red Toch, and Music), Garlic Flowers, some Basil. a few Blackberries (we got picked HARD during PYOs this week, so the berries need to catch up) and a few bags of Pea and Sunflower Shoots.  And we'll be bringing some of our tasty JAM to market too!

 
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's a wrap for this week's farm report.  Don't let Friday the 13th spook you.  Remember, black cats are not bad luck!
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update!

 

We are waiting for our blackberries to recuperate from a couple of pretty heavy pickings.  Stay tuned for more information about the next Pick-Your-Own event. 

A few details:  the berries are Certified Organic and additionally they are no-spray.  Cost=$5.50 per pound.  We provide picking containers and a container to carry then home.  We strongly recommend bringing a cooler.  

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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