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Posted 5/8/2012 9:47am by Cheryl Ferguson.




SCAPES!!!  Yep, those tender garlic tips are here for their annual flash dance.  Sauteed, they’re like a mild garlic asparagus.  Diced raw, they add a nice bite to salsas and salads and slaws.  Or stir fry to mellow them into your spring veggie medley.  But they’re only here for about 3 weeks, so come on down!  We’ll have scapes this week at the markets we are doing this week:  Cobblestone Farmers Market (Tue.), Old Salem Farmers Market (Opening Day is Saturday, May 12th), and also at PYO Strawberries at our farm this Saturday, May 12th.  (9 a.m.--NOTE new later time!-- to noon.  Last picking starts at 11:30 a.m.)

 It's time to e-Scape!!

Here's to Happy, Healthy, Organic & Local Eating,
Cheryl & Ray

Posted 5/4/2012 4:59am by Cheryl Ferguson.


Strawberries in buskets

We had a great time picking strawberries last weekend!   This week, we will be open on Saturday morning (8 a.m. -noon). Yes, the weather has been crazy this week (cold, hot, hail, rain, ...) but there are LOTS of berries out there just waiting to go home with you!

Here are the details:

Where:  1041 Flat Shoals Road – 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.

How Much?  $15 per 4 pound “busket”– picking containers provided

Other farm products will be available as well including spring garlic and our famous raspberry jams.

We hope to see you at the Farm!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 4/26/2012 5:20pm by Cheryl Ferguson.


Strawberry in hand

Based on the popularity of our pick your own raspberries, we are opening up our new STRAWBERRY field to PYO as well!  Pesticide-free, organically grown strawberries will be available depending on weather and growing conditions. 

Due to the rain, we will not be able to be at Reynolda Village Farmers Market on Friday morning (4/27) but the berries will have dried out and will be ready for your picking pleasure Friday late afternoon.

This week, we will be open on Friday afternoon (4-7 p.m.) and on Saturday morning (9 a.m. -noon). This is not a weekly schedule -- the farm may or not be open for picking so please check to confirm that the PYO is open before coming! The website and farm phone message provide the most up-to-date information so please check one of those first.

Where:  1041 Flat Shoals Road – 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.

How Much?  $15 per 4 pound “busket”– picking containers provided

Other farm products will be available as well including spring garlic and our famous raspberry jams.

We hope to see you at the Farm!

Cheryl & Ray

 

Posted 4/2/2012 12:36pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Happy April, Farm Friends!

With Easter and Passover just around the corner, are you trying to come up with a great meal for your friends and family to enjoy?  How about some fresh asparagus or spring garlic or swiss chard?  Or maybe some tasty cranberry-raspberry jam or horseradish to accompany your holiday roast?

Don't worry!  We've got you covered - we'll be at Krankies Coffee tomorrow (Tuesday, 4/3) from 10-1 with these wonderful goodies to grace your Holiday table!

Krankies is located in Downtown Winston-Salem at 3rd & Patterson.  Green & purple asparagus will be available as will our tasty and fresh spring garlic (great with that asparagus!!)  We’ll also have our four lovingly made and certified delicious raspberry jams for sale – and those flavors again are Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile and Raspberry Cranberry (almost sold out of this flavor until Fall).

Hope you’ll hop by tomorrow – we’ll be outside on the patio side of the building.  The weather is supposed to be sunny and 75 degrees – wow!  The trees and flowers are just screaming - SPRING!!

Don’t forget, pre-orders are cheerfully accepted – make sure that we’ll have your favorites when you arrive!  Contact us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com or 336-994-2517.

Springingly yours,

Cheryl & Ray


Posted 2/3/2012 7:37am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Italian Garlic

Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog, said yesterday that we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  6 more weeks?  That feels like Alice and the March Hare - - we’ve had nothing yet, so how can we have more?  The warm days have been nice for working outside and napping in the sun (we wish!), but we’re afraid our raspberries and garlic miss the winter.  Most of them need a good long cold spell to get charged up for the coming season.  On the other hand, the Italian garlic we planted in the Test Bed seems to be loving our Mediterranean winter.  So as always, we don’t know what’s in store and we continue to plant and tend with the perennial hope and trust of farmers.

Tags: Garlic
Posted 2/2/2012 6:16pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Spring garlic sprouting from bulbs

We decided to try something different for growing spring garlic - plant bulbs!  Most of our spring garlic comes from us planting smaller cloves.  10,400 this year.  But maybe if we just plant a bulb we'll get a ready made bunch of spring garlic.  So far so good!  Stay tuned to see if they grow big enough.

Posted 12/25/2011 10:50am by Cheryl Ferguson.

From our barn to yours....

Old feed barn with Yam, the black and white cow

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season filled with love, warmth and that special understanding of nature that comes at this time of year.  We greatly appreciate your support in 2011!  Looking forward to seeing you in 2012!  Now it's time for a long winter's nap!

In health & harmony,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/12/2011 12:57pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

 

 12 drummers drumming

Even though Holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” said nothing about raspberry jam, it doesn’t mean that Plum Granny Farm jam wouldn’t make a delightful gift for your true love or for anyone else on your gift-giving list (hostesses, neighbors, teachers, stocking stuffers, ...)!  And at $7 per jar, it’s a lot less expensive than any of the gifts mentioned in the song!

To help you with your Holiday gift-giving, we will be at Krankies Coffee in Downtown Winston-Salem (3rd & Patterson) tomorrow (12/13) from 10-1.  We’ll have our four lovingly made and certified delicious raspberry jams for sale – and those flavors again are Old Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile and Raspberry Cranberry.

Hope you’ll stop by tomorrow – we’ll be outside on the patio side of the building.  The weather is supposed to be a sunny 62° (much better than last week!)  And don’t forget, pre-orders are cheerfully accepted – make sure that we’ll have your favorite jam when you arrive!  Please email or call (336-994-2517) to reserve your jars.  We are also happy to ship your jam selections anywhere you’d like (shipping extra).

Jammingly yours,

Cheryl & Ray

Posted 12/1/2011 6:45pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Making jam in the kitchen

Plum Granny Farm’s elves are hard at work to make your locally sourced gift giving easier!  Our delicious, full-fruit raspberry jams make wonderful Holiday gifts!  We’ll have our jam and our garlic gift samplers available at Krankies Coffee in Downtown Winston-Salem (3rd and Patterson) on Tuesdays through December 20th from 10-1 (unless the weather is really dreadful).  Stop by, grab a cup o’ joe and pick up a few gifts for friends and family (maybe one for yourself too!).

A big shout-out goes to our great friends and neighbors at YMCA Camp Hanes who are letting us use their kitchen for our jam.  As a thank you, we are donating 10¢ per jar sold to their amazing youth programs which focus on children increasing their own sense of accomplishment and belonging while they learn about the positive character traits of a hero.  Check them out at www.camphanes.org.

Pre-orders are strongly encouraged!  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com or call 336-994-2517.  Don’t want you to be disappointed that your favorite flavor is sold out!  Our four flavors are Old-Fashioned Raspberry, Raspberry-Baby Ginger, Raspberry-Chipotle Chile and Raspberry-Cranberry.  All delightfully yummy!

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Posted 11/21/2011 8:14am by Cheryl Ferguson.

 

Raspberry jam in a jar

Good news!  Just in time for the Holidays, our jam is here!  The long-awaited Plum Granny Farm raspberry jam will make its debut at the Cobblestone Farmer’s Market tomorrow, Tuesday, November 22!  The fresh and intensely raspberry flavor of our jam will remind you of a sunny summer day and a just-picked box of our organically grown berries.   Our jam is lovingly made in small batches by hand.  It’s all natural and is very focused on the fruit – of course!

There are four flavors to choose from:

  • Old Fashioned Raspberry: A bright and rich jam that focuses on the delicious flavor of Plum Granny Farm’s Heritage and Caroline raspberries.  Perfect for toast, biscuits, yogurt,…or  a spoon!
  • Raspberry-Baby Ginger:  The sweetness of the raspberries is highlighted by the subtle kick of Plum Granny Farm’s baby ginger which makes for an amazing combination.  It’s great as a topper for the usual breads but also try it as a base for barbeque sauces and marinades.  Delish!
  • Raspberry-Chipotle Chile:  Accent your jam with the sultry, smoky flavor of chipotle chile for an amazing taste experience!  The berry sweetness pairs beautifully with the south of the border punch of chile – it’s not hot but you know it is there!  This jam pairs nicely with cheese and is also a great base for sauces and marinades – let your imagination go olé!
  • Raspberry-Cranberry:  Sweetness and tartness in one beautiful package!  The main players are highlighted with oranges and baby ginger for a delightful treat.  Of course it’s great with bread but think about how it will highlight your Holiday turkey or ham – better get two!

Our jams have been inspected and approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Our special introductory price for a 9.5 ounce jar is $7.00 (which includes 44 cents NC sales tax).  Shipping is also available.

Stop by our tent tomorrow at market or better yet, call or email to reserve your jar(s) today!  Our phone number is 336-994-2517 and email is farm@plumgrannyfarm.com.

Coming Soon! Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 30 for our 6th Annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Market!  Once again we are partnering with Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton to bring you a one-of-a-kind Holiday shopping experience!  Watch this space for more details!  Shop Small Y'all!

PlumFresh is Now Open for Sign-Ups!

UPDATEWe now have a waiting list for the season.  If you are interested, please register using the online form noted below -- no deposit is necessary until we know that we have a space available for you.

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.

 

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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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