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 for March 22, 2019 -- March Madness: The Farm Version

Posted by Cheryl :: Friday, March 22 :: 7:31pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Happy Spring!
Building, seeding, weeding, planting, clearing, cutting....  This is what
Farm March Madness is all about.  It's our version of shooting, guarding, passing, fouling...  The noise volume isn't as loud but the intensity is just as great.  Let's take a look at some of what our winning team has done this week!

Plants are getting into the ground!  Woo-hoo!!  Here's Jonny planting lettuce in Wally, one of our high tunnels.  He also planted more kale, Asian greens and bunching onions out in the field.  It will be so good to see plants popping out of the fields instead of mud!

 

Our new Bagster Raised Beds in the Demo garden are coming along nicely. Tesla and Sarah got the frames ready for the Bagster bags and have installed them.  Hopefully these will be filled by this afternoon and planted with pollinator crops.

Have been continuing with the program of Farmstead Maintenance days.  This week's task was to clear out the old corral which was overgrown with wild blackberries, roses and all manner of thorny, prickly things.  Now that it's cleared, it looks amazing!  Cara and Mia are ready to give it a try!

   

It was also a week for potatoes (just a wee bit late for St. Patrick's Day!).  Cheryl drove up to New Sprout Organics in Black Mountain to fetch a few hundred pounds and the remaining arrived from The Maine Potato Lady mid-week.  Sarah and Tesla were potato cutting fools -- getting about 450 pounds into properly sized planting portions.  The plan is to get these babies planted on Monday!

We had a terrific time at our Bluebird Nesting Box workshop on Sunday!  A great group of people came out to the farm to enjoy a beautiful (blue-ti-ful?!) day and to learn about the birds and the bees (in our new "theatre"). Plus they got to build some pretty awesome nesting boxes.

       

Interested in PlumFresh? Better Hurry!
We have had a great response to our PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program mailing last week!  So good, in fact, that we have only ONE slot remaining for delivery and TWO slots left for Saturday pick-up at Cobblestone Farmers Market.  Spaces are available for Wednesday afternoon pick-ups here at the farm or at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  Don't delay!    Checkout the details and sign up today -- don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Event Updates
We've had to make a few revisions to our April calendar of events.  Update your calendar for some farm-fresh fun!

  • Growing Blackberries and Raspberries at Home will be held on Sunday, April 14 from 2-4:30 p,m.  You'll learn how to plant and care for these wonderful jewels of the garden.  A link to a the registration form and more information on this class will be in next week's newsletter. 
  • Our huge Plant Sale will be a three-day extravaganza on April 27 through 29!  Mark your calendar for Saturday (10-3), Sunday (1-5) and Monday (10-2).  We'll have hundreds of beautiful Organic transplants including heirloom tomatoes, peppers, other veggies, herbs and flowers -- ready to make your garden the best ever!  Stay tuned for more information!

That's all the news we've got time for today!  Maybe we can take in a game during that other March Madness over the weekend.  We're hoping for a Final Four of the Cats, Donkeys, Cows and Sheep.  Who are YOU cheering for? 

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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PlumFresh is Now Open for Sign-Ups!

Our popular PlumFresh Harvest Subscription Program is now open for sign-ups for the 2019 season!  Get Certfied Organic veggies and fruit delivered or pick up at the farm or at Cobblestone Farmers Market.  PlumFresh is not your typical CSA -- flexibility is our watchword.  You can trade out items you don't like and skip a week if you need.  For more information, click here.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

Do you want the latest news from the farm? How about the opportunity to reserve items for pick-up at market? Join our mailing list for our "Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update"!




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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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