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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 -- Back to School, Back to Market!

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, August 19 :: 6:10am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

We are back in the blender again!  Yep, the Market Pause faded away and we've been getting back to "normal" again.  Just like our back to school days, getting back to market requires lots of lists and preparation.  We're not dusting off our backpacks and composition books, but it's somewhat the same.... Gas in the van? Check!  Cashbox balanced?  Check!  Tablecloths clean?  Check!  Produce ready?  Check!  We got to ease into it at the King Farmers Market on Wednesday but we'll be put to the Cobblestone test on Saturday!  At least we'll be more refreshed than if we hadn't had a break!

Ray and the Bintje

Do you know what today is?  It's National Potato Day!  Wow! Now that's a holiday we can really sink our teeth into (sorry...I couldn't resist!) And given the spud friends that we cultivated this year, it's a day worth celebrating!  Find your spud love at market!

Potatoe love

Okay, if it's not potatoes, then it's about beans!  I am completely fascinated (obsessed?) with how quickly they grow!  We planted Rattlesnake Pole Beans in Raz House last Friday (8/12).  Here's a timelapse series of how they have developed in just one short week:

August 14:

Sprouted bean

August 15:

Bean sprouts

August 16:

Beans day 4

August 17:

Beans day 5

Keep your fingers crossed that they keep on growing and for a great crop of beans in October!

Here's what's happening with the ones in Daddy's Garden -- equally impressive!

Rows of green beans in Daddy's Garden

And We Have A Winner -- Us!

Maybe we're just in the Olympic spirit, but competitions are always fun!  And we have great news from Wednesday's King Farmers Market!  Our Cherry Blossom tomato won first place in both the judges' and the shoppers' balloting!  Yay!  Come check them out (very limited quantity) at Saturday's market!  No gold medal, but we did get a crown for a while!  Here's Cheryl after getting her crown from Market President, Harvey Moser (Moser Manor).

Cheryl and Harvey at the Tomato Tasting

Market Update

We are back 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 boatloads of fingerling (LaRatte and Banana) and standard POTATOES (German Butterball, Bintje and Nicola), CURED GARLIC (Red Toch, Music, Georgian Crystal, Purple Italian, Lahontan and Lorz Italian), French Red Shallots, Leeks, Okra, Tomato Fruit Boxes, Basil, Beets and Daddy's Pickle Kits (oh, so tasty!). We'll also have our Garlic Scape Pesto -- have you tried it on pizza with fresh tomatoes? 

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.

In closing, we want to offer the very best wishes and congratulations to our employee, Chris Overby, and his fiance, Summer Roten, who are getting married tomorrow!  We wish you all the love and happiness in the world! (And sorry we don't have a better picture of the two of you! This is from last summer's Greensboro Grasshoppers game)

Chris & Summer at the Grasshoppers game

Talk with you soon,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick-Your-Own Update

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Our Berry Pick Your Own is over for the 2016 Season.  Stay tuned for a Pumpkin Pick Your Own in the Fall!

 

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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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