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 -- Independence Day Dreams

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, July 1 :: 2:11pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy July!

We are slowly trying to come back to normal (what does that mean?) after the fantastic farm tour on Sunday.  It was a smashing success -- nearly 500 visitors walked through our "door" and hung out at the farm for a while.  WOW!  We were completely amazed by folks' interest in what we do here and in farming in general.  Our colleagues also had really good visitor traffic as well.  Thanks so much to all of you who supported your local farms by participating in the 2nd Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour!

Extra special THANK YOUS go out to our amazing volunteers -- Chris, Summer, Jen, Sandy, Orville, Annette, Kirsten, Maggie, Suzanne, and Laura along with Debbie and her great band.  A million thank yous to all of you for helping us pull this event off!

Have a look at some photos from the day:

Learning about garlic at the Tobacco Barn  Cornhole rules  Getting to know BB  Planting sunflowers together  Great Old Time music!  And the tours go on as the band plays  Time to go home

We continued our harvesting of garlic and potatoes after putting away all of the tour stuff -- we've gotten all of the garlic out of the ground except for Nootka Rose and have dug about 900 pounds of potatoes this week!  Whew!  I think we are dreaming of an Independence Day nap!

Market Updates!

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and at the King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including FRESH GARLIC, POTATOES -- fingerling and standard, Fennel, Radicchio, Baby Kale, Swiss Chard, ESCAROLE, Salad Mix (plain & Fancy Pants), a few black raspberries, carrots (small amount), Garlic Powder, and decorative Allium Flowers.  We'll also have our Garlic Scape Pesto and lovely Oriental Lilies!

We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and at King from 11-1.  Please note that we may not always have every item at all markets.  If you'd like us to save something for you, please send us an email by 10 p.m. prior to market.

More pictures next week...trying to learn all of the particulars of a new phone -- like how to save pictures in a smaller format that can fit in the newsletter!

Have a wonderful Holiday Weekend!  Be safe and celebrate the joys of our Nation!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Farm Tour Time!

 


Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 26 from 1-5 p.m. for the 2nd Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour!  We'll be joining 6 other area farms who will be opening their farms to visitors for a FREE afternoon.  Check our blog entry for more information on what we'll have in store for you THIS SUNDAY!

DJ and the snowcone

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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

Last rose of summer

My Mom always used the expression, "You look like the last rose of summer."  I took that to mean that you weren't really in your prime but there was still some beauty left.  Here is the literal "last rose of summer" blooming in Mom's rose bed -- in December.

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