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Posted 8/29/2011 2:02pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

To those who came to pick raspberries Saturday, thank you.  It was a good day for picking and we enjoyed meeting and talking with you.

Unfortunately, we also must send our deepest apologies to those of you who found little white critters in your raspberries when you got home.  They are immature fruit flies.  They’re not harmful, even if eaten, but most folks don’t like little white things in their food.  We have been invaded by fruit flies – those tiny bugs that hang around very ripe fruit and tomatoes.  They can be a real problem in late summer, especially on an organic farm.  We usually can manage them, but this year they got the jump on us.

If you have any concerns at all, please call us or send e-mail.  We will gladly refund your money or give you new, bug-free berries, your choice.

Meanwhile, we will not sell any raspberries and we will not host pick-your-own until we get those little critters back under control.  We will redouble our organic controls like sanitation and traps and bait and perhaps a natural and organic pesticide.  We hope that will only take a couple of weeks but we will spend as long as necessary.

Again, thank you for coming to our farm and for visiting our booth at the farmers markets.  We truly appreciate your support and we know that when you buy our produce you are trusting us to provide your family with healthy and tasty food.  We are honored to do so. 

 

Cheryl and Ray


Posted 8/25/2011 9:36am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Box of raspberries

Wouldn't you like to take one of these boxes home?

We are having another pick-your-own raspberries day on SATURDAY (8/27).  Picking hours are 8:00 a.m. until 1 p.m.  The latest forecast says that there's just a small chance of rain (20%) -- even though Hurricane Irene is out there brewing in the Atlantic!  The weather is supposed to be in the mid 80s -- sounds like a good day to me!  But of course if you aren't sure about the weather here, please check the website or call the farm (336-994-2517) and we'll give you the latest information.

In addition to raspberries, we will have garlic, okra, potatoes, and tomatoes.

Here's to happy, healthy, organic eating and enjoying these last great days of August!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 8/11/2011 9:41pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Busy times here at Plum Granny Farm!

Come on out for another great day for pick-your-own raspberries on SATURDAY (8/13).  Picking hours are 8:00 a.m. until 1 p.m.  The weather is supposed to be in the low 80s and cloudy with a chance of rain (it was GREAT last weekend here!!). Cloudy days are the best for picking!

We will be picking in the big field directly across the road from the house.  Parking will be in the pasture at the house -- look for the signs and tent.  There are lots of beautiful red Caroline and Heritage berries there -- plus a few more varieties such as the yellow Anne and rich Josephine.

In addition to raspberries, we will have garlic, okra, potatoes, and tomatoes.

And speaking of tomatoes...thanks to so many of you for coming out to the Winston-Salem Journal's "Slice of Summer" Tomato Tasting last Friday. It was a really great evening -- our "Matt's Wild Cherry" tomatoes came in 3rd place in the voting!!  The teeny-weeny Spoon tomatoes were also vote-getters.

Here's a link to Michael Hastings' article on the event from Wednesday:  http://www2.journalnow.com/lifestyles/2011/aug/10/tasting-ar-1283838/

Here's to happy, healthy, organic eating and enjoying that hint of autumn in the air,

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 8/4/2011 5:16pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Come on out for another great day at Plum Granny Farm's Pick-Your-Own raspberry field on SATURDAY (8/6).  Picking hours are 8:00 a.m. until noon.  The weather is supposed to be cooler and there is a chance of rain later in the day -- sounds like good picking.

There are lots of beautiful red berries out there -- Caroline and Heritage varieties.  

In addition to pick your own, we will have garlic, potatoes, and tomatoes.

If you can't come out to the farm on Saturday, come see us on Friday (8/5) night from 7-9 at the Winston-Salem Journal's "Slice of Summer" Tomato Tasting at Sixth and Trade streets downtown, during the Gallery Hop.  At this free event, sample tomatoes from a variety of growers.  Tasters will be asked to choose their favorite tomato varieties  -- we are submitting 9 of our faves for sampling (you like Plum Granny tomatoes, right?!). The event also will include a farmers market and sampling of tomato dishes from local restaurants.  We'll be there selling tomatoes!

Here's to happy eating and staying cool,

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 7/22/2011 8:24am by Cheryl Ferguson.

The raspberries heard your pleas to hurry up and get back in production -- so they returned from their July vacation early!  Red, rested and ready to go home with you!

Last weekend's cooler weather helped to push the berries into gear so we will be opening the Plum Granny Farm Pick-Your-Own raspberry field on SATURDAY ONLY (7/23).  Picking hours are 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  We will be closing early because of the extreme heat that is expected for the day.  The hot weather isn't good for you or the berries.

Raspberries are $5 per pound.  We provide picking containers but please feel free to bring your own container to take your treasures home. 

There are lots of beautiful red berries out there -- Caroline and Heritage varieties.  

In addition to pick your own, we will have garlic, potatoes and tomatoes (the "fruit" varieties).  Thanks for your interest and we hope to see you on Saturday!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 7/9/2011 2:42pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Well, two days earlier than last year and we got the 2011 garlic crop out of the field!  Hurray! This year our secret weapon was the undercutter that Ray had fabricated to cut the roots off of the garlic so that it is easier to lift out of the ground by hand.  Ray estimates that this nifty tool saved about 200 hours in harvest time since we didn't have to use a digging fork to loosen the soil around each bulb.


Tractor with undercutter bar for garlic

We harvested nearly twice of what we planted last year (almost 40,000 bulbs) and are now scurring around trying to get it ready for curing.  We'll be storing our seed garlic in the barn while the market garlic will be cut and placed in the "garlic hammocks" in the old tobacco barn and the old log barn.  We are very pleased with how the garlic sized up this year -- the largest bulbs we have ever grown.  Of course that can be attributed to the extra time spent in soil preparation -- all that leaf mulch does really make a differnce!

Thanks to our great Plum Granny Farm team for working together to make the harvest happen:  Nick, Austin, Chad, Jen, Derrick, and Zach. 

After we finished the harvest, we brought in the terrific volunteers from the Society of St. Andrew to glean the remaining bulbs.  A great team of seven volunteers and the Triad SOS Coordinator, Jen Garrison, spent several hours this morning getting out the garlic we had left in the field.  This garlic will be put to good use at food banks and soup kitchens.  And we had quite a load to share!  

 

SOS Volunteer Gleaners

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Posted 7/1/2011 2:29pm by Cheryl Ferguson.
Our raspberries have decided to take their summer vacation and won't be back 'til August. That also means that our Pick-Your-Own is closed until later in the summer as well. :-(   Sorry to disappoint!
However, our yummy organic blackberries are available at Cobblestone Farmers Market, King Farmers' Market at the YMCA and the Reynolda Village Farmers Market. On-farm sales are welcome too -- please call first to make sure we have what you want picked.
Check our website for updates on PYO!
Have a Great 4th of July weekend!
Cheryl & Ray
Posted 6/23/2011 5:01pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

We had a terrific inauguration of the Plum Granny Farm Pick-Your-Own raspberry field last weekend!  Thanks so much to the nearly 50 people who came out!  This weekend we will be open for picking on SATURDAY ONLY (6/25).  Picking hours are 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The weather forecast calls for a beautiful day. 

Raspberries are $5 per pound.  We provide picking containers but please feel free to bring your own container to take your treasures home. 

The spring berries are less prolific than the fall ones so it is a little more difficult to pick now than it will be in August – but there is a lot of fruit out there!

In addition to pick your own, we will have pre-picked blackberries, freshly harvested garlic and beautiful oriental lilies.  Thanks for your interest and we hope to see you on Saturday!

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 6/15/2011 7:56pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

After many requests from our raspberry-loving customers, we have decided to open up our field for PYO raspberries!  Red raspberries (Caroline and Heritage) will be available depending on weather and growing conditions. 

Raspberries on the cane


Please call (336-994-2517) or check our website (www.plumgrannyfarm.com) to make sure berries are available before you come.  Feel free to bring a picnic, sit under the apple trees and enjoy the view!  We're just 9 miles south of Hanging Rock State Park so you can make a wonderful day trip out of it!

When:  Saturdays 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (starting June 18 and 19)

Where:  1041 Flat Shoals Road – Take US Hwy 52 North of Winston-Salem, Exit 122 RJR - Moore Rd. Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to intersection with NC Hwy 66.  Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to Flat Shoals Road which branches off to the right.  Take Flat Shoals Road – parking for the PYO field is the first driveway on the right – across the road from the farmhouse.

How Much?  $5 per pound – picking containers provided

We hope to see you at the Farm!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 5/16/2011 8:11am by Cheryl & Ray.

Things are really hopping around Plum Granny Farm!  Plants are getting in the ground, weeds are growing...well, like weeds, and the garlic is beginning to form scapes!  Never a dull moment here! 

Last week we had some very interesting visitors -- a swarm of bees (maybe even two) decided that our empty hives in the garage would be a great place to live.  It started with several hundred checking out the place on Monday and then on Tuesday an entire swarm moved in!  What an amazing sight!  At nightfall, we moved the hive in with our others at the orchard.  On Wednesday, another group of bees decided that the other empty hive might be a great place to set up shop -- so now we have two new hives joining our two.  Wow -- what an honor to be adopted by bees -- an honor for a beekeeper, anyway!

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Pick-Your-Own Update!

Come and get some berries before they are gone!  Last week was the peak of production for our incredible blackberries -- but we still have lots.  So come out to the farm for a Twilight Pick-Your-Own on Monday, July 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

These delicious blackberries are Certified Organic and are No-Spray! And they are even thornless!

Price is $5.50 per pound.  Please bring a container to take your berries home as well as a cooler.

Other produce will also be available.

We are located at 1041 Flat Shoals Road outside of King.  Take US Hwy 52 North of Winston-Salem, Exit 122 RJR - Moore Rd.  Turn left at the ramp and continue straight on Moore Road (which then becomes Mountain View Road).  Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with NC Hwy 66.  Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to Flat Shoals Road which branches off to the right.  Take Flat Shoals Road – parking for the PYO field is the first driveway on the right – across the road from the farmhouse.  Look for signs.  

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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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