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 -- Let the Markets Begin!

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Thursday, April 16 :: 11:55am

Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Plum Granny Farm -- you either signed up at a market or on our website.  We are glad to have this brief opportunity to share some news of the farm with you!  If you no longer wish to receive these weekly newsletters, please see the "unsubscribe" information at the bottom of this email.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Thursday! 

Rainy, busy week!  The rain has been a godsend though as things were starting to get rather dry.  We've been trying to get as many plants as possible in the field to take advantage of this cooler, wet weather -- things like lettuce, pak choy and broccoli raab enjoy it (even if farmers sometimes don't).

The last of the potatoes got in the ground on Tuesday.  Unfortunately Ray bore the brunt of the rain as he covered them with the Cub.

Ray covering potatoes

The cats aren't too sure about all the rain but they are pretty good at finding a comfy place to curl up.

Cats in the barn

We've been getting lots of plants ready for our upcoming Open Greenhouse and Plant Sale on Sunday, April 26 from 1-5 p.m.  At last count, we have over 1,100 individual transplants plus 4-packs of chard, kale, lettuce, pac choi and sunflowers!  This is in addition to the blackberry and black raspberry plants, strawberry hanging baskets, ginger and turmeric plant starts!  It will be a very full greenhouse and great opportunity to choose from a terrific selection of certified organic plants. We won't be taking as many plants to market this year so this will be your chance for the best selection!

Strawberry baskets  Short Stuff Sunflower plant  Lettuce transplants

The deadline is closing in for your opportunity to join the Allium Adventure Club!  Don't miss this tasty adventure into the Land of Allium.  Registrations must be in by Monday, April 27 as the program begins on May 2.  For more information and a registration form, click here.

Allium Adventure Club logo

Markets Open This Weekend!

The moment that so many of you have been waiting for arrives on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the opening of the Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market!  It's sure to be a busy, bustling market (who knows what the weather is - let's prepare for everything!).  This market is in Old Salem at the corner of West and Salt Streets and free parking is available around the market site.  Check out Cobblestone's new website too!

On Wednesday, 4/22 (Earth Day), the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA has its grand opening at 11:00 a.m.  This market is located at 105 Moore Road in the parking lot of the Stokes Family YMCA.  Opening day will feature music, Earth Day giveaways and information, free coffee and lots more!!

We'll be at both markets with all kinds of fresh Spring favorites on our tables!  There will be asparagus, Spring garlic, baby kale, daffodil, iris and tulip bouquets, garlic powder and granules, and tomato and pepper transplants -- all Certified Organic!  We'll also have our full assortment of jams.  Here are some of the tulips we'll have:   Tulips for market

Enjoy the beauty of the season!

Dogwood tree flowers

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

 

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Allium Adventure Club taking Reservations for 2015 Season

Allium Adventure Club logo

We are now accepting applications for our unique and tasty Allium Adventure Club!  Check out the details here. Here's what one of our Adventurers had to say about last year's voyage:

"It was great! Innovative idea that was executed in a really classy way! I liked reading the newsletter...enjoyed learning about the products in the bag.  Loved every minute of it!"

                           -- Kathleen and Kevyn Graham

 

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

Strawberry flowers

Won't be too much longer until it's Strawberry Season again!  Our crop is looking good both outside and inside the greenhouse!

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