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 December 6, 2019 -- December Delights! 🎁

Posted by Cheryl :: Sunday, December 8 :: 3:28pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy December!
It feels like months since we've had a "normal" weekly update -- but it actually has only been two weeks!  The Holiday time-warp is beginning and it is easy to lose track of time.  Well, let us do whatever it takes to get things back to normal, shall we?

First of all, a
HUGE THANK YOU to those of you who braved the elements to come to our Small Business Saturday Holiday Market last weekend.  The weather wasn't nice but your presence brought warmth to our hearts and a smile to our faces.  It was so wonderful to see so many Farm Friends who wouldn't let rain stop them from kicking off their Holiday season by shopping small here at the farm.  We are most grateful for your support.  Here are a few photos from the day:

         

Again, we want to thank our terrific vendors:  Borrowed Land Farm, Bunny's Trees, Chad's Chai, FarmGirl Arts, Greenberries Farm, Momma Wolf's, Monteith Homestead and Vitality Bodywork and Wellness/RavenRidge Hemp & Herbals.  A big thank you goes to our additional door prize donors, Mitchell's Nursery and Greenhouse and Piemonte Kitchen & Garden.  And finally, we are grateful for the opportunity to partner once again with our friends at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery.  

Gittin' That Garlic in the Ground!
Although we didn't make Ray's deadline of Thanksgiving for all of the garlic to be planted, we aren't too far off the mark!  Thursday was a busy planting day and we got a majority of it in the ground.  We hope to finish things up today -- before next week's rains come.  In the winter, it takes so long for the ground to dry out after a rain.  It's very different than summer when a heavy rain can be absorbed in a day or so.  In the winter, it takes almost a week (2-3 times as long) for the ground to become workable -- and then it rains again!

The good news was that the conditions were pretty good yesterday after the weekend's rains and we took advantage of this opportunity.  Eight thousand cloves of garlic went into the ground, one clove at a time...  For those of you keeping score at home, we now have 9,900 cloves of garlic planted along with 1,100 shallots. Not too shabby!

 

The garlic that we planted back ion November 7th has popped up and is looking great!  The shallots are looking mighty good, too.

Greenhouse Growings
As the weather gets colder, our greenhouse and hoophouses become more important to our production.  This year, with Winter Market, we'll be producing tomatoes and cucumbers earlier than normal.  We have new plantings of cucumbers that are looking great (and are ready to be trellised)  and the tomatoes aren't doing bad either.  We've got new tomato plants waiting in the wings to be planted next week.

 

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update -- Winter Edition!
We haven't done the Holiday Pop-Up markets in several years but this year we committed to do all of the Winter Markets that Cobblestone is sponsoring.  This Saturday, December 7, is the first market at Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Company (772 Trade Street NW) and we are so excited to be there!

We'll have a smaller space than our normal Old Salem location but we'll still have lots of terrific things!   Fresh Baby Turmeric and Baby Ginger will be there for your health and Holiday cooking needs. 

In addition to these, you'll find

  • Sweet Potatoes (Garnet)
  • Fire-Roasted Green Chile (Mild and Medium)
  • Horseradish Root
  • Snow Peas
  • Pea Shoots
  • Sunflower Shoots
  • Roasted Poblano Peppers and Roasted Aji Dulce Peppers (both are vacuum-packed and freeze great!)
  • Daikon Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Ginger Powder and Granules

In the JAM department, we'll have Old-Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Old-Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Cranberry, and Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint in both full and gift-size jars.  We'll also have gift boxes -- we take the trouble out of packing up your gifts!  And if you have friends and family who live elsewhere, we are happy to ship!

As usual, if you'd like us to hold an item for you, please email no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday night and we'll have it waiting for you. 


As we move into the Holiday Season, it is so wonderful to have traditions that we return to every year (or at least if we are awake!).  Unfortunately, we missed Mitchell's Nursery and Greenhouse Poinsettia Open House last Sunday (too long of a snoozzzzze… after Holiday Market) but we are looking forward to another tradition -- Tuba Christmas!

This is the most wonderful concert -- Christmas music played solely on tubas and euphonia -- dozens of them! It is tonight (Friday, December 6th) at 6:30 PM at First Presbyterian Contemporary Worship Center (200 N. Cherry St.). And it's FREE! This year marks the 46th anniversary of Tuba Christmas concerts which are held in over 300 cities throughout the United States to celebrate those who enjoy, play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family. Harvey Phillips created this annual event to honor the tubist, William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, 1902.
We hope to see some of you there!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Need a Last Minute Gift?

Our eGift Cards are a great way to give the foodie in your life a taste of Plum Granny Farm!  Available in any amount, these make perfect gifts -- and they can be sent instantly! Click here and check off another item on your list!

Elves at Work! Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

We've been really jammin' so now 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 or at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Winter Market.

 

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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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