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
Photo: Walt Unks, Winston-Salem Journal
Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Thursday, May 26 :: 12:14pm
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Thursday!
Photo Credit: http://bestofbicolandia.blogspot.com
They're back! No matter what you call them, fireflies, lightning bugs -- they are back flittering over our yard and fields in the evening. What a wonderful sight! But I must confess... these little guys have been back for about a month now -- but I keep forgetting to mention it!
Lots of sun and warmer temperatures this week -- and what does that mean? Weeds and irrigation! Getting the irrigation going after all of the rain we had has been a challenge. The pond pump was working fine before, but now there seems to be a problem. So what do you do? Get out the backup pump and cross your fingers. And then you find out that the housing is cracked on the backup pump so then you swap the housing... and cross your fingers! No wonder it feels like we can't get anything done!
Irrigation or not, lots of plants are telling us that it won't be too long until it's their turn to shine! Raspberries, tomatoes and more are starting to show their colors! Won't be long!
We had fun this past Sunday being part of the Competition Dining kickoff round in Winston-Salem! Our peas (snow and snap) along with carrots from The Specialty Farmer in Lincolnton and New Town Farm in Waxhaw provided the ingredients for Battle Peas and Carrots! It's always amazing to see what these talented chefs create out of the featured ingredients. Here's Cheryl with the giant gourmets from Team Phoenix of Brevard (left) and Team Miller Time of Graze Restaurant in Winston-Salem (right).
Brix's Friend Jenny
Brix has a very good friend, Jenny Bates, who comes and visits her every week or so. Jenny (aka The Donkey Whisperer) quietly comes up for a visit and brings Brix a carrot, a bit of brushing, and lots of kind words of encouragement. We got to catch her in the act today! Brix really loves her friend.
We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including Garlic Scapes, the last of the asparagus (limited quantity), Kale, Swiss Chard, Frissé, Pac Choy, Easter Egg Radishes, Chives, Garlic Powder and Granules, Triple Crown Blackberry Plants, and lots of transplants (tomato, tomatillo, herb). Our jam stocks are getting low, so you better make sure you don't miss out. And since grilling season is beginning, don't forget that our Raspberry-Chipotle Molé is perfect for grilled shrimp and meats! We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1. Please note that we may not always have every item at the Wednesday market.
Wishing you the best on this Memorial Day weekend. The weekend always holds special meaning for us since both of our fathers served in World War II. Ray's dad, Bill, was a career Army man and also served in Korea. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The photo below was taken during the Memorial Day weekend dedication of the World War II Memorial in 2004.
Our deepest appreciation goes out to all those who have served our country -- in wartime and peace. Take a moment this weekend to say "Thank you" to a veteran -- and if you are one, our special thanks to you.
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray