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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 -- Adios Old Salem! Last Cobblestone Outdoor Market This Saturday!

Posted by Cheryl :: Monday, November 25 :: 7:29am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

This is the view that Cheryl has had a lot this week.  LOTS of driving.  Probably about 700 miles worth.  I and the trusty Possum (our silver Subaru) headed up to the DC area for a 2-day Masterminds farming think-tank.  What a mind-blowing experience!  This was the inaugural session and I walked away feeling inspired and overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible work that my fellow farmers are doing in their communities.  We were hosted by Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit, an amazing farmer with 30+ years experience.  It was indeed an honor to be invited to participate in this group of 13 farmers from around the country -- and now we have built a tremendous network for support in this crazy (but honorable) endeavor known as market farming.

But SOMEBODY had to get some work done around here while Cheryl was off gallivanting and schmoozing!  And work did get done!  

The horseradish, which we are trialing a second year in reused fish emulsion barrels, has done very well and we had our first harvest this week.  We'll have some at market on Saturday.

It's getting mighty bare in the barn loft -- where did all of the garlic go?!  Although we didn't get more garlic planted this week, we are getting the bulbs cracked, sorted and ready to go in the ground.

The new round of cucumbers is getting started in the greenhouse.  They are popping -- here's to snacking cukes at Winter Market!

Taters, Taters, Get Your Sweet Taters!
Want to know an  a-m-a-z-i-n-g  factoid?  We have sold over 1,500 pounds of Sweet Potatoes in the past 6 weeks!  Wow!  You guys have definitely been loving them -- and we are very grateful!

   

And how about a nice vegetarian turkey for Thanksgiving?  A Sweet Poturkey!

Our Holiday Market is Just 1 Week Away!

Don't forget to mark your calendar and set your clock for NEXT Saturday, November 30 from 10-3 Gifts, fresh veggies, Holiday decorations and MORE will be found right in our high tunnel!  We'll be decking the halls with wreaths, ribbon and trees to create a festive scene for your relaxed shopping experience.  Come kick off your Holiday shopping with us and support local small businesses!  Here's who we'll have here:   Borrowed Land Farm, Bunny's Trees, Chad's Chai, FarmGirl Arts, Greenberries Farm, Momma Wolf's, Monteith Homestead, and Mtn. Momma Spoons.  Next week's email will have all the details about what folks are bringing!

Don't forget that our friends at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery will have a bunch of vendors too!  Plan for a great day of FUN!  Pick up a flyer at market for the details and get ready to SHOP SMALL!

Cobblestone Farmers Market Update 
It was indeed a blustery day at market last week -- and we appreciate everyone who came out to support local farms!

Tomorrow will be the last market at Old Salem for the decade.  Yeah, there may be rain but we'll be there with bright, sunny smiles and some terrific produce to chase your rainy day blues away.  You won't want to miss it!  And besides, it's always one of the greatest days at market because there are so many wonderful things to find for your Thanksgiving cooking!

We'll have two things that people have been asking about for months:  Fresh Baby Turmeric and a new batch of Jam!

We'll also have 3 varieties of our delicious Sweet Potatoes.  Folks have been gobbling (PUN Alert!) them up every week and keep coming back for more!  And there will be more Baby Ginger for your Holiday cooking needs (cranberry sauce, ginger cookies, …). 

Stock up for your winter soups and stews!  Our Fire-Roasted Green Chile is vacuum-packed and freezes great for meals (salsa, quesadillas, enchiladas...) this winter.


In addition to these, you'll find

  • Carrots (super sweet -- our BEST yet!)
  • Fennel (BIG beautiful bulbs!)
  • Horseradish Root
  • Rosemary Bunches
  • Watermelon Radishes
  • Pea Shoots (a few)
  • Japanese Shishito Peppers (a few)
  • Aji Dulce Sweet Habanero Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Roasted Poblano Peppers and Roasted Aji Dulce Peppers (both are vacuum-packed and freeze great!)
  • Daikon Radishes
  • And more!

In the JAM department, we'll have Old-Fashioned Raspberry and Raspberry-Baby Ginger.  We'll have a limited selection of full and gift-size jars.  The full array of jams will be at our Small Business Saturday event, at Winter Markets and available for online ordering.

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. 


We'll definitely raise a cup for National Espresso Day tomorrow -- actually any Saturday calls for espresso!

According to the National Espresso Day official site, espresso made its debut in Italy in the early 20th century although coffee was already very much a part of Italian life for centuries. Espresso lovers owe their thanks for the tasty brew to Italy’s Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee. It’s unclear whether he was motivated to hasten the process by frustration over how long his morning coffee took or whether he wanted to speed up the time his employees took for their coffee breaks  Regardless, there are two farmers here at Plum Granny Farm who are grateful for his efforts!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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It's Almost Here! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  We'll have eight other local farms and artisans bringing their product to the event.  It's a great way to kick off the Holiday Season in a relaxed, festive environment -- all while supporting local vendors!  Shop Small Y'all!

Coming Attractions!

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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