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 -- The Donkey Days of August

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, August 21 :: 8:44am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

It was great to be back at market -- our customers have become true friends and we missed seeing you!  It's always great to catch up a bit and to hear about your adventures.  Thanks for sharing your stories with us!

It's been a busy week both on and off the farm!  On Monday, Cheryl attended the on-farm portion of a Cut Flower Workshop sponsored by Chatham County Cooperative Extension.  Debbie Roos, the Chatham Extension Agent, organizes fabulous programs and we have taken advantage of several of them.  This one was no exception.  We were hosted by Cathy Jones of Perry-winkle Farm in Graham and were treated to the opportunity of seeing her farm and beautiful flowers (plus veggies!).  Leah Cook of Wild Hare Farm was the other grower leading the workshop.  It is always so inspiring to see what other farmers are doing and to get ideas!  Expect to see more flowers on our table next year!

Cathy Jones demonstrating how to cut sunflowers  Visitors admiring the gomphrena at Pery-winkle Farm

The rain this week has been a godsend.  We've had lots of issues with our pump at the pond (fixed now, we hope!), so having the addition of rainfall has been a true blessing.  It's helped us do more planting -- lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, cilantro and more plants are now in the ground and the greenhouse is filling up with more freshly seeded trays.

Matt & Chris planting kale  Chris planting lettuce in Rhubarb Bed  New salad plot in Demo Garden

Rainy afternoons bring some interesting things -- like rainbows and muddy donkeys!

Rainbow over farm  Muddy Brix

Looking ahead, those green beans are looking good -- LOTS of flowers!  And do you see the tiny green bean?

Jade Snap Beans

In addition to all the seed trays, the greenhouse is a major hub of Baby Ginger and Turmeric activity!  Here is Ray doing a check of the yellow ginger -- looks like it is ready to hill again!  And Cheryl is trying to see how she measures up to the turmeric.

Ray and ginger  Baby ginger in grow bag   Cheryl and the turmeric

Market Updates

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). We will have Organic LaRatte fingerling and German Butterball potatoes and cured garlic (Red Toch, Music, Purple Italian, Lorz Italian and Lahontan along with Elephant Garlic).  There will be lots of French Red Shallots, Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes, Saladettes, slicers and paste tomatoes), Concord Grapes, Summer Pippin Apples and hopefully some Muscadines -- all Certified Organic!  And FOUR varieties of jam!

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).

This week we say farewell to Jake Chesnet as he heads back to school.  Jake has been helping us this summer - we gave him lots of opportunities to work on his pitching arm as he worked in the field!  Jake is a Junior at North Stokes High School (and is a great baseball player!) Good luck in school, Jake -- hope to see you next summer!

Jake farewell

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

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Pick-Your-Own Update

The Blackberry season is officially over.  :-(

Our Pick Your Own field is CLOSED until further notice.  Stay tuned for information on Red Raspberries - hopefully in late August.

The Store is OPEN!

 

Plum Granny Farm jam

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 6 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint and Old Fashioned Blackberry. Several 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.

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

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

Campers from Camp Hanes LIT program

We had a great group of youth from the Camp Hanes Leadership-In-Training program visist the farm recently.  They got a chance to see up=close what a working farm is like and participated in tending ginger and turmeric and preparing strawberry plants for our 2016 crop.  Thanks campers!

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