I don't know about you but I have been enjoying a break from the physical labor of the main season! We're just a few weeks away from getting seedlings started and it seems like a good time for a few farm updates. This year we are going to expand our annual field by about 800 square feet. It doesn't sound like much, but when you grow as intensively as we do it makes a big difference. That being said, due to some changes in our family, we're going to offer a limited variety
First of all, 2018 has been the biggest season of learning since we started farming three years ago. I know I've mentioned it before but as we've grown our operation I've had to spend a good amount of time educating myself on the business end of things. More specifically for cut flowers, I've also had to figure out how to keep things fresh and looking their best while we don't have a proper cold room, plus how to calculate the number of plants needed. I love that I will ne
Farmers don't typically get to travel during the summer but we enjoyed time with Chris's side of the family in the Adirondacks. The cool nights we experienced made me crave fall weather, but I don't want to rush the time away so I'm going to enjoy the remainder of August. We had our best couple-friends in town for a quick visit today. Chris's best friend's mother works at a vineyard and brought us nine beautiful additions to the berry patch - 2 Duke blueberries, 2 aronia be
This year I have fallen even more in love with cut flowers. I have only a month and a half to go before I design my first ever wedding floral, and I'm so excited and nervous! I'm looking forward to the bride's selection of casual bouquets with sunflowers, zinnias, and Queen Anne's Lace. Extras will be available at roadside. In the meantime, I'm swimming in these absolutely stunning everlasting peas; they begin at this hot pink and fade slowly to periwinkle, then to a mix o
Today is still quite warm but it is such a relief after that stretch of 95 degree days we are just coming out of. We had some wild thunderstorms yesterday afternoon and evening, and with them lots of warm rainwater that has made the garden explode overnight. We grabbed the last of the garlic scapes over the past two weeks, much of which we've enjoyed in pesto and green goddess dressing. We've had such an abundance of these gorgeous purple snap peas (and will probably contin
We'd like to take a moment to wish everyone a beautiful first day of summer, hopefully with at least a little bit of time outside! The solstice has been one of my favorite holidays for a long time. Today is Chris's last full day of school until September, which means that our whole family can partake in the joy of farming together. Farming is full of uncertainty, and it is a learning experience for both our customers and us. The pole soup beans, which have been a reliable
The nights are still cool, hovering around 50 degrees, but all of the beautiful spring rain over the weekend has done good things. The first watermelon seedlings have come up, so that means it is only a matter of time for the rest of the cucurbits to show themselves. Corn is starting to really germinate and emerge now. The pepper and eggplant transplants that went in on Friday night are looking good for the most part, although five or so took some slug damage. That's the
And when I say love, I mean more than love! We had a forecast change that gave us a mild day of consistent spring rain on Tuesday instead of the dry sun that was originally called for. Ask anyone who has ever had a garden and they'll tell you that the morning after a rain there is a boom in growth. That certainly happened, as yesterday we had the first pole and bush beans, cucumbers, and corn pop out of the soil. Today, the first pumpkin emerged as well. Rain. Is. Good.