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

 

 

 

News and blog

Plum Granny Weekly Update -- Pre-Halloween Edition

Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, October 24 :: 3:38pm

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

It's been a plant, harvest and field prep kind of week here on the farm.  All of the potatoes are out of the field -- both the sweet potatoes and the remainder of the fingerlings.  We were pleased with both harvests -- the fingerlings netted around 800 pounds and the sweet potatoes came in at just under 700 pounds.  A respectable harvest!  Unlike "Irish" potatoes, sweet potatoes have to be cured in a warm, humid place in order to develop their sugars so they will taste even better.  It takes about 7-10 days for them to cure.  We put ours in the greenhouse after harvest -- they are now stacked on perforated shelving to make sure air can flow through them.

Ray and Chris harvesting potatoes  Sweet potato in the row  Stacks of sweet potatoes in the greenhouse

Sweet potatoes are still a fairly new crop for us.  Our first year growing them was in 2012 -- very small potatoes and we almost gave up.  We didn't grow them last year but planted a pretty good sized area this year.  We know that sweet potatoes are somewhat of a commodity crop but we are trying to find some extra tasty and sweet ones for you, our special customers. Next week we should have Covington, Ginseng and Sweetie Pie at market.   The main reason we grow sweets is for our "Yam's Jam Sweet Potato Butter."  This year the potatoes are nice and large and will be easier to work with than the little rattail ones from 2012.  This incredibly smooth and tasty treat will be available starting in November -- just in time for the Holidays!!  It's a yummy, not too sweet Sweet Potato Pie in a jar!

We've been busy on the planting front as well.  More kale, chard and onions are now in the ground.  We just planted 804 red and yellow onions today -- these will be ready next spring (nothing like making you wait, huh?)  Our hoop house has been transformed from tomato heaven into a cozy abode for basil, frissé, lettuce -- and yes, we still have tomatoes! The plan is for the frissé to be ready for Holiday sales.

Planting onions in Daddy's Garden

Speaking of Holidays, we are busy making plans for our activities.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 29 for our Holiday Open Greenhouse event!  This is Small Business Saturday and we will be partnering with other vendors to join us at this very fun and very local event!  Stay tuned for more information!

Market Update:  

On Saturday, we'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem (9-12).  This Saturday there will be extra Halloween activity in Old Salem so there's even more to do after market.  Wednesday will be the LAST day of the King Farmers Market season. 

What will you find on our tables?  Yes, there's still garlic!  But -- a word of warning -- we are starting to run out of several varieties so you'd better stock up!   There will be Garlic Powder and Garlic Granules (Spanish Roja & Music), a few bags of Seed Garlic for planting, Culinary garlic -- Elephant, Music, Inchelium Red, Chesnok, German Red, Lorz Italian, and Nootka Rose -- and garlic braids.

Those yummy LaRatte Fingerling potatoes will be there in bunches!  Lots of okra (burgundy and green).  Tomatoes are still on the menu and we have a surprising number of beautiful slicers and some fruit boxes and Matt's Wild Cherry.  There will be Aji Dulce (the sweet habanero) and shishito peppers -- all Certified Organic!  Try a taste of our Aji Dulce Sauce -- it is a zesty and bright Puerto Rican saauce that just begs to go with chicken, beans or pork -- and even chips!  We'll have kits with all the makings and a simple recipe.  We also have a new batch of Basil PestoIn the Jam Department, we are all stocked up! 

As a reminder, if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.

Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors this weekend!  Supposed to be gorgeous so head on up towards Hanging Rock and wave as you drive by the farm!!

Autum Maple  Pineapple sage plant

Until our next edition,

Cheryl & Ray

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Pick Your Own Update

We are not holding out much hope for raspberries this year.  Despite our best efforts, they have been smothered by weeds and overwhelmed by pests.  We are regrouping on the crop and hope to have a few at market but likely no PYO.  :-(

 

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Certfied Organic by QCS since 2010

Our Jams are Now Available Online!

 

Jars of jam stacked on top of each other

For those of you who have been asking...the answer is "YES!"  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 5 jam flavors to choose from - Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Cranberry, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile, and Old Fashioned Blackberry. We also have our terrific Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Cooking Sauce!  Three 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.

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

 Farmhouse with old and new roof

Out with the old, in with the new!  The farmhouse roof has been in need of some TLC for quite a while.  We finally got around to getting it replaced this month.  We decided to go with a metal roof -- durable and maintenance-free.  The old tin shingles told stories of their past glory and colors.  And now the roof is green -- just like it used to be! 

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