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Posted 12/19/2013 11:11am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

OOPS!  Forgot to put the time of our event at Let It Grow Produce on 12/21 -- we'll be there from 10-1!

Happy Thursday, Farm Friends! 
 
Hard to believe but this is our last farm newsletter of the 2013!  We have enjoyed keeping you in touch with the farm -- the good news and the sad -- during the year.  We really appreciate you letting us pay a virtual visit.  It really does feel like a conversation because so many of you tell us so!  We also are very grateful for your support at markets, restaurants and here on the farm.

Trimming the Plum Granny Farm sign

As the calendar moves closer to the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve, the pace for Holiday shopping quickens!  Here we have been busy boxing and shipping jams to send far and wide for Holiday giving!  Our office looks somewhat like a gift wrapping/shipping store gone haywire (think Martha Stewart without a maid!)  We really do enjoy putting gifts together for you -- we are honored when you want to share a bit of Plum Granny Farm with your friends and family.

Market Updates:
This Saturday will be our last off-farm opportunity of the season.  We'll be at Let It Grow Produce (4825 Country Club Rd in Winston-Salem) on Saturday, December 21 for a jam tasting and sales.  Three Sisters Artisan Bakery will also be there with their yummy breads and other baked goods.  What can be better together than jam and bread?!  Stop on by and take care of your last minute Holiday needs!

Here's what we'll have on Saturday: 
  
      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic (new varietials available!)

      -- Garlic braids  (only 2 remaining!)

  
      -- Jam Gift Boxes  --three of our gift-sized jams all packaged up and ready for giving! 

       -- Lots of jam (Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger. Raspberry-Chipotle, Raspberry-Cranberry, & Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint)
      
      -- 
Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you on Saturday!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.  We also welcome folks to come by the farm - but please call us to set up a time so we'll know to expect you (336-994-2517).
 

Make the most of this beautiful Holiday Season!  We'll see you in 2014!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/12/2013 1:51pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Plum Granny Farm -- you either signed up at a market or on our website.  We are glad to have this brief opportunity to share some news of the farm with you!  If you no longer wish to receive these weekly newsletters, please see the "unsubscribe" information at the bottom of this email.

Happy Thursday, Farm Friends! 
 
We got a very exciting package last week -- one that had been anxiously awaited for over a year!
PGF new jam labels
Our new jam labels!!!  We are so excited to have these now - makes labeling the jam so much easier (not to mention giving us waterproof labels!). We worked with a terrific designer, Betty Faulk Hastings, who was VERY patient and super creative. Yay!!!  Come take a peek at market!

As we move into winter, we are starting our annual planning process.  We'll keep you informed about some of the changes that we have planned for the next season as well as some new opportunities.  Lots of great things in store for 2014!  We think you'll like them!

Market Updates:
This Saturday will be the last Cobblestone Farmers Market Pop-Up of the year.  It will be behind the Millennium Center (5th and Trade) from 10-noon. Don't let the predicted rain discourage you from coming out to shop for Holiday goods and produce from some fine local farms and producers.  We'll be on the covered back deck so we'll be nice & dry!

And just to put a bug in your ear for next weekend, we'll be at Let It Grow Produce on Saturday, December 21 for a jam tasting and sales.  More info next week!

Here's what we'll have at market on Saturday: 
  
      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic 

      -- Garlic braids   

  
      -- Mistletoe

Our new jam gift boxes were a big hit last week -- three of our gift-sized jams all packaged up and ready for giving!  They are specially priced at just $14.  And we'll even ship them to friends and loved ones for you!  How's that for service?   (Shipping charges will apply)

Gift boxes of jam

In addition we'll have lots of our 7 fruit-forward varieties of jam as well as our yummy 
Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.
 
Enjoy the sun and stay warm!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/5/2013 12:45pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Happy Thursday, Farm Friends! 
 
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family last week.  It was nice for us to get a little break.  As Ray and I counted our blessings, you were definitely among them.  Your encouragement, kind words at market and purchases of our products helps make this life we have chosen worthwhile.  We are most grateful for your friendship!

This week we celebrated another gratitude -- the garlic is in the ground!!!!  Tuesday we finished up planting ALL of the garlic.  And the number is...70,192 cloves!  Whew!!  We'll be tucking a few more into Daddy's Garden for special care but we are so thankful to have this major milestone past us.  It's the most garlic we've ever planted!  Here is Ray taking the PVC plugs off of the dibbler -- won't need this piece of equipment until next fall!

Ray removing metal pirces off a tractor accessory

Market Updates:
On Saturday, we will be at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Pop-Up Market behind the Millennium Center (5th and Trade) from 10-noon. We will also be there on 12/14.  Unfortunately we have had to cancel our planned Holiday Open (Green)House on Sunday due to the yucky weather that is predicted.  We'll try again next year!

Here's what we'll have at market on Saturday: 
  
      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic 

      -- Garlic braids   

  
      -- Mistletoe

      -- Fresh Holiday Greens for decorating

 
In addition, we will have our new jam gift boxes -- three of our gift-sized jams all packaged up and ready for giving!

Box of gift-sized jams

W
e'll have lots of stock of those as well as our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.
 
Here's to dreaming of next year's garlic & shallot crop!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 11/22/2013 1:21pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Plum Granny Farm -- you either signed up at a market or on our website.  We are glad to have this brief opportunity to share some news of the farm with you!  If you no longer wish to receive these weekly newsletters, please see the "unsubscribe" information at the bottom of this email.

Happy Friday, Farm Friends! 
 
Thanks to so many of you congratulating us on the recent episode of "Flavor, NC"!  We are so happy to hear that you liked it as much as we did!  In case you missed it,  you can always watch the broadcast at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365069548/

At last!  The time we have been getting ready for for soooo many weeks is finally here!  Garlic planting!!  We started Wednesday and now have about 26,000 cloves in the ground.  One-by-one, by hand!  Here's Jen helping Ray make sure the dibbler on the tractor is straight.  We use this dibbler that Ray designed to mark the beds to make planting easier and more consistent.  Even though the old saying is "you can get more plants in a crooked row," we like to keep them straight so that we might be able to use the tractor to cultivate them.

Planting garlic

It's hard to believe but tomorrow is the last regular day for the Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market.  We will still be participating in 2 more pop-up markets that Cobblestone Farmers Market will be doing on December 7 and 14 at the Millennium Center (5th and Trade). More info on that next week.  We also have an on-farm Open House in the works as well!

Here's what we'll have at market tomorrow: 
  
Certified Organic Produce: 

      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic 

      -- Garlic (Inchelium Red, Gesti Jumble)  The absolute end of the crop!!  

       -- Garlic braids   
  
      --  Tomatillo Salsa Kits

       -- Baby Turmeric
 

Jar of Raspberry-Cranberry Jam
Our new gift-size jams have been a hit!  We have 4.5 ounce jars of Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry and Raspberry-Cranberry ready for Holiday giving!  These jams are $5 per jar.  W
e'll have lots of stock of those as well as our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.
 
Here's to dreaming of next year's garlic crop!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 11/13/2013 8:40am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 

Happy Frosty Wednesday, Farm Friends!  DVR Alert!!
 
Sending out our email a little early this week to remind you of our upcoming "15 minutes of fame" on the UNC-TV series, "Flavor, NC" on Thursday (11/14) night at 10 p.m. (rebroadcast on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.).  For our friends out of the viewing area, you can always watch the broadcast at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365069548/

The crew at Blue Water Media did a wonderful job at making the farm look great and they really took the time to talk with us to understand what we grow and how we grow it.  The focus of the episode is our garlic but they also spend time talking about our ginger, turmeric, lilies and blackberries.  After the visit to the farm, host Lisa Prince and the crew head over to Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro where our friend and great customer Chef Jay Pierce whips up some amazing garlic-focused recipes. Yumm-o!  We can't wait to get your feedback on the show!!
  
 Basket full of Plum Granny Farm productsFlavor, NC logoChef Jay Pierce and Lisa Prince on Flavor, NC

Don't forget! Friday, November 15 is the deadline for comments to the FDA on the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act.  If you haven't already, please take a moment to learn more about the rules at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/fsma-issues/ This is really important and we really need for the FDA to hear from consumers who appreciate local food.  Thanks!

Here's a quick roundup of what we’ll have on our table on Saturday at the Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market:
  
Certified Organic Produce: 

      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic 

      -- Garlic (Inchelium Red, Gesti Jumble)  Supplies are running low!!  Better get it while you can!  

       -- Garlic braids   
  
      --  Tomatillo Salsa Kits
 

Jar of Raspberry-Cranberry Jam
Our new gift-size jams have been a hit!  We have 4.5 ounce jars of Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry and Raspberry-Cranberry ready for Holiday giving!  These jams are $5 per jar.  W
e'll have lots of stock of those as well as our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.
 
Here's to eating garlic-flavored popcorn while watching Flavor, NC!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 11/8/2013 11:08am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!  
 
As the the leaves are whirling around and talk of snow is in the air, we are busy trying to finish getting our winter crops in the ground.  We pushed back the garlic planting to next week so we could finish getting in the winter greens.  LOTS of kale, swiss chard, frissé endive, lettuce, radicchio, arugula and bok choy has gone into the new raised beds.  Can you say 1,486 kale plants?!
 Newly planted chard on raised bed

We also want to bring a very important item to your attention -- comments on the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act are due to the FDA by November 15.  Food safety is a very important issue and we take it very seriously here at the farm but as the propsed regulations are written, they could force many farms (including ours) out of business.  These regulations are written with large farms and processors in mind but they will apply to all farms. The rules place an unfair burden on small family farmers and especially target sustainable and organic farming.  Please take a moment to learn more about the rules at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/fsma-issues/ This is really important and we really need for the FDA to hear from consumers who appreciate local food.  Thanks!

Don't forget!  WUNC-TV (Channel 4) will be airing the episode of Flavor, NC that features the farm on Thursday, November 14 at 10 p.m.  Set your DVRs now!!
 
Here's a quick roundup of what we’ll have on our table on Saturday at the Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market:
  
Certified Organic Produce: 

      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic 

      -- Garlic (Red Toch, Inchelium Red, Nootka Rose, Lorz Italian, Gesti Jumble)  Supplies are running low!!  Better get it while you can!  

       -- Garlic braids   
  
      --  Tomatillo Salsa Kits
 

Rows of gift-sized jam jars
Don't forget our new gift-size jams.  We have 4.5 ounce jars of Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry and Raspberry-Cranberry ready for Holiday giving!  These jams are $5 per jar.  Our
Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint
jam has been a great hit as well as our seasonal Raspberry-Cranberry Jam  -- we'll have lots of stock of those as well as our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.
 
Here's to anticipating the first snow,

Cheryl & Ray



Posted 11/1/2013 1:43pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Plum Granny Farm -- you either signed up at a market or on our website.  We are glad to have this brief opportunity to share some news of the farm with you!  If you no longer wish to receive these weekly newsletters, please see the "unsubscribe" information at the bottom of this email.

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!  Happy November!

Another page has turned on the calendar and our attention is still focused on getting the garlic into the ground!  Ray finished getting all of the beds prepared in Ruth's Field and we will begin planting next week.  Today's rain has been welcome as it has been enough to soften the soil without obliterating the nicely shaped beds.
Beds ready for planting
We continue to crack and sort through our garlic to ready all those little cloves for planting.  Even though it is a sign of progress, it is always so sad to have the barns clear of garlic -- here is Chris taking down the last of the hanging garlic earlier this week.

Taking down the last of the garlic in the barn 
Just a reminder that WUNC-TV (Channel 4) will be airing the episode of Flavor, NC that features the farm on Thursday, November 14 at 10 p.m.  Set your DVRs now!!
 

Here's a quick roundup of what we’ll have on our table on Saturday at the Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market:
  
Certified Organic Produce: 

      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic (Music, Spanish Roja, Lorz)

      -- Garlic (Red Toch, Inchelium Red, Nootka Rose, Lorz Italian, Gesti Jumble and Elephant)  We are nearly out of stock for MOST varieties so you better get it while you can!  

       -- Garlic braids -- new batch and don't forget that you better hurry to place orders for braids for the Holidays!  
 
      --  Tomatillos and Salsa Kits
 
New in the jam department this week are our new gift-size jams.  We have 4.5 ounce jars of Old Fashioned Raspberry, Old Fashioned Blackberry and Raspberry-Cranberry ready for Holiday giving!  These jams are $5 per jar.  Our Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint jam has been a great hit as well as our seasonal Raspberry-Cranberry Jam  -- we'll have lots of stock of those as well as our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.
 
Here's to celebrating the bounty of Fall,

Cheryl & Ray



Posted 10/25/2013 1:16pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy Friday, Farm Friends! 

Brrrrr!  Welcome to winter, everyone!  Yikes!  It sure has gotten cold the past couple of days (not to mention the long-underwear inducing chill of tomorrow morning at market!!)  We saw this coming and earlier this week we got the plastic cover on Raz House -- our high tunnel.  It used to hold our Prelude Raspberries but now there are only a couple of plants and a smattering of tomatillos and tomatoes.  We hope the cover will give them enough protection to hang on a bit longer as the temperatures drop!  All the plants are nicely tucked in now and are enjoying the extra warmth.  Here's Ray and Chris attaching the plastic top cover to the end wall.

Covering the hoop house with plastic

Colder weather has also meant that the deer are returning to browse among our fields even more than usual.  We had deer fencing up around the strawberries but I guess they were just too tempting for the deer to ignore -- let's say that now the deer are in for a shocking dining experience if they decide to wander in for a snack.  We sure hope the plants recover!!

Deer damage to strawberry plants

A shout-out to our great volunteers who came out to help crack 200 pounds of garlic on Sunday!!  Thank you SO very much for your assistance!! Small farms like ours really appreciate the help and support of our volunteers!!  

Here's a quick roundup of what we’ll have on our table on Saturday (Old Salem) and Wednesday (King).  This will be the LAST week of the season for the King Farmers Market -- thanks to all our great customers there!  The Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market will run until November 23.  

Certified Organic Produce:

      -- Powdered and Granulated Organic Garlic (Music, Spanish Roja, Lorz)

    -- Garlic (Red Toch, Inchelium Red, Nootka Rose, Lorz Italian, Gesti Jumble and Elephant)  We are nearly out of stock for MOST varieties so you better get it while you can! 

    --  Seed Garlic Cloves (variety: Music) 

     -- Garlic braids -- and we are also taking orders for braids for the Holidays!  Better hurry on these too -- don't have that much garlic left for braids either!      

    --  Tomatillos and Salsa Kits  

Our Baby Ginger-Strawberry-Mint jam was a hit in last weekend's tasting so we'll have it available for sale this week.  The shelves are stocked with our seasonal Raspberry-Cranberry Jam and we'll also have our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.   Take good care and bundle up for market,

Cheryl & Ray

 

 

Posted 10/18/2013 6:47pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 Happy Friday, Farm Friends!  

Whew!  Getting this weekly newsletter out a little late -- been a busy one!  On Monday we were able to get the fancy-schmancy all-in-one bed shaper-drip tape layer-plastic layer from NC A&T (thank you, Grace!).  This amazing piece of equipment will help us make beautiful beds for our garlic (no plastic) and our greens (with plastic).  It has taken some time this week to get it on the tractor, figure it out and test in the field.  Today Ray was able to make some trial beds -- they are wide, flat and the plastic mulch actually is pretty well covered!  These are just incredibly beautiful (we farmers get awfully excited about stuff like this!)!
Planting bed with plastic mulch and drip tape

But of course, we can't do anything in the field these days without the help of our boys....

3 cats sittings in the bed-shaping equipment Cats on tractor equipment   
   
We had a great time at Old Salem yesterday talking about growing garlic!  Thanks to those of you who came out to hear it!  And thanks to Old Salem Horticulture and Vonnie Hannah for organizing it!  We always enjoy doing talks like this so if your garden club or other group is interested, just let us know!
 
 
Here's a quick roundup of what we’ll have on our table on Saturday (Old Salem) and Wednesday (King).
 
Certified Organic Produce: 

    -- Grapes (Muscadine) - just a few -- the absolute VERY last of the season!

    -- Powdered Organic Garlic (Music and Spanish Roja)

    -- Garlic (Red Toch, Inchelium Red, Nootka Rose, Lorz Italian, Gesti Jumble and Elephant)  We are nearly out of stock for MOST varieties so you better get it while you can!  

    --  Seed Garlic Cloves (variety: Music) 

     -- New batch of Garlic braids -- and we are also taking orders for braids for the Holidays!  Better hurry on these too -- don't have that much garlic left for braids either!
 
    --  Tomatillos and Salsa Kits
 

Stop by for a sample of our newest jam that is still in the testing phase -- Strawberry-Baby Ginger-Mint!  The shelves are stocked with our seasonal Raspberry-Cranberry Jam and we'll also have our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

 
Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.

 
Take good care and enjoy the Hunter Moon,

Cheryl & Ray



Posted 10/11/2013 2:34pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 

Happy Friday, Farm Friends!  
This has been another garlic-focused week here at the farm.  We have been pulling together bulbs from our various storage areas, cutting off the tops if necessary, weighing and logging the amount so we'll know how much we have for planting.  We now have bags of garlic hanging in the garage waiting to be cracked into cloves.  It takes a LOT of garlic to fill up nearly one acre -- how does about 50,000 cloves sound?!!  That's a bunch of little guys placed into the ground, one-by-one, by hand!

Here's a before and after shot of our main barn with, and without garlic!
   
Picture of garlic barn with garlic       Garlic barn with no garlic
 
Don't forget about our talk on growing garlic at home next Thursday, October 17 at noon at Old Salem. For more information, go to our website or pick up a handout from us at market.
 
Here's a quick roundup of what we’ll have on our table on Saturday (Old Salem) and Wednesday (King).
 
Certified Organic Produce: 

    -- Grapes (Muscadine and Scuppernong) - VERY last of the season!

    -- Powdered Organic Garlic (first batch of the season!)

    -- Garlic (Red Toch, Inchelium Red, Lorz Italian, and Elephant)  We are nearly out of stock for MOST varieties so you better get it while you can!  

     -- New batch of Garlic braids -- and we are also taking orders for braids for the Holidays!  We'll have some Lorz Italian Braids tomorrow in addition to the Nootka Rose.

    --  Tomatillos and Salsa Kits
 

To ring in the upcoming fall and Holiday season, we now have our popular Raspberry-Cranberry Jam back in stock!  We'll also have our other yummy jams and Raspberry-Chipotle Molè Sauce! 

 
Hope to see you at market!  You can always contact us if you'd like to have an item saved.

 
Take good care and enjoy good food,

Cheryl & Ray



Mark Your Calendar! Holiday Market on November 25!

It won't be long until our 4th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 25 from 10-3.  This event, now in its 4th year, has become the destination for many visitors to kick off the Holiday Season.  We'll be teaming up again with our friends from Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton.  There will be lots of vendors at both locations who will offer locally grown and produced items for the perfect gift for Holiday giving.  Feel good about supporting your local small business owners!


 

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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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