"Cause out on the edge of darkness,
There rides a Peace Train
Oh Peace Train take this country,
Come take me home again..."
It's true. I can listen to Cat Stevens for a solid week at a time. My off-key singing can be heard acres away. But hey, if you want to sing out, sing out...
Singing out a reminder that 15% of sales all month will be donated to @council_for_the_homeless. This includes bouquet subscriptions, gift certs, and bareroot roses. Link to shop in bio. Eeeeep! Bareroot roses should be arriving within two weeks. Now that is something to look forward to!
Also, stay tuned for a Valentine's pop-up in the bus shelter the weekend before and weekend of Valentine's Day.
Hi Flower Friends! It's been nearly a month since our last fundraiser and our hearts are telling us it's time for another. We all know times are harder than ever right now and the number of people facing housing insecurity is overwhelming. We couldn't think of a better organization to support right now than Council for the Homeless. From now until Dec.31, we will be donating 15% of our online sales to help them achieve their mission. Here it is:
Council for the Homeless is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide community leadership, compelling advocacy, and practical solutions to prevent and end homelessness in Clark County, Washington.
Housing Hotline: 360-695-9677
COVID Rent Assistance Program https://www.councilforthehomeless.org/erap/
If you are not in need of flower gift certificates or bare root roses (for pickup end of Jan) but would still like to give, I will attach a link to their donation page in the comments. You can find a link to our online store in the comments as well.
Much love, All. Take care of one another!
Surprise! The bus shelter's been begging to be dressed up with blooms so we stocked it full of paperwhites for a fun lil popup today. ❤
"To everything (turn, turn, turn)...there is a season (turn, turn, turn)..and a time to every purpose, under heaven. A time to build up, a time to break down...A time to dance, a time to mourn...A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together...."
Hey Friends! After receiving quite a few inquiries about Thanksgiving flowers, I felt I better reach out and explain why we don't offer centerpieces with blooms right now.
As a small flower farm, I delight in the farmer florist aspect of this business and find that my well-being requires that I have a creative outlet. That need is best met with hyper-local fresh greens and blooms grown and snipped right here on our farm. While I could drive to the wholesaler and find stunning blooms to turn around and offer you, many of which are grown on farms in our region, that is not the model I intended when I started this business. To be sustainable, my life needs to be in balance and in rhythm with our farm, the seasons, and in nurturing the family during this season of rest, reflection, and gratitude.
Resting on the farm doesn't mean we aren't still moving, however. Weird sounding, right? I'm still actively working to bring you blooms, but that means I'm staying on the farm and tucking roots, corms, and bulbs into our ground, raking leaves over beds, and laying seeds in trays for Spring.
Last year we offered wreaths after Thanksgiving and this year we may do a little pop-up in the shelter the 2nd week of December with potted paperwhites in a wide range of vessels, small wreaths on honeysuckle vine, and maybe even some greenery arrangements. For now, we have plenty of gift ideas in our online shop.
If you have your heart set on having blooms for your own table or to send to a loved one, I have plenty of local florist friends to recommend. Just send me a DM!
Stay tuned and have a safe holiday week!
#farmerflorist #seasonalblooms #localflowers #50milebouquet #slowflowers #grownnotflown #rest #place #rhythm #balance #thanksgivingweek
"A time for peace, I swear it's not too late..."
Photo from earlier in the season
"With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love." -Rumi
Look what had the audacity to bloom in the rain today. If I could, I'd lean towards you and right through this screen so that you, too, could smell them. Ahhhhh. They make everything better.
PS-Nothing in the bus shelter. Just wanted to say "hi"!
"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." -Rabindranath Tagore
I miss you, friends! I miss the ritual of cutting, arranging, and leaving flowers to greet you in the bus shelter each day. While that little dance has been contact-free due to COVID, the farmstand always feels like a portal that connected us. I miss that.
These days since the killing frost have been super busy yet quiet and reflective. Looking back on a really amazing growing season and meeting so many new friends and followers. Thinking about what worked well and which areas need improvement. There will be some exciting changes by the time our daffodils are blooming this spring and I can't wait to share them with you!
For today, I'm packing up peony orders. If you ordered peonies and have not received an email yet, please message me to schedule a time to pick up on the farm. If I don't hear from you, I'll be calling or emailing soon!
Remember those Jerusalem artichokes I was telling you about the other day? If anyone is eager to try them either on your plate or in your garden (at your own risk), I will be leaving a crate of them in the bus shelter tomorrow at 10am. Feel free to grab some if you'd like.
Here they are! The last dahlias of the season! We're going to miss them, but look forward to twice as many to share next year!
You cam find them in the bus shelter today!
Good Morning! Just a quick note to let you know I won't be stocking the bus shelter this morning. I'm letting the field "blow" today so I can continue verifying bloom varieties and finish tagging. The big dahlia dig has begun.
With five days until our predicted first freeze, I'm in high gear getting tubers cleaned and tucked away. However, I'm hoping to have one last day of dahlia blooms in the shelter this week. I'll let you know when that happens.
What blooms will we have left? We should still have lilies and glads later this week, but we are very close to wrapping up the season.
Stay tuned for more updates! Have a great day! I'm off to dig!
Good Morning! It's cool and wet out here today. We've already had some early morning sales in the farmstand and some of you have messaged asking when we'll have flower out. I'm hoping to start resfreshing by 10. Thanks for all the enthusiasm! We're moving a wee bit slower as we try juggling big projects and harvest.
Will update as soon as I add more.
#dew #fallmornings #localflowers #slowflowers #seasonalblooms
Good morning, friends! As we start winding down the season, we're keeping it simple in the farmstand with $20 bundles. Here's a peek at some of today's blooms.
#flowerstand #fallflowers #october #wednesdayvibes #dahlias #vanwa #battlegroundwa #brushprairie #ClarkCounty
How much longer will we be enjoying dahlias this season? Only the weather can tell. These fifteen dollar bundles are now out in the bus shelter. Get them while you can!
#mondaymorning #dahlias #farmstand #localflowers #slowflowers #ClarkCountyWa
It may be chilly and grey outside, but the barn is feeling warm and bright. These sweet dahlia bouquets in glass are now in the farmstand for only $20. Did I mention the dahlias were harvested by lantern light? We also have some market bundles, larger arrangements, and a super awesome deal on Blackbeard lily bundles for only $5 today. Avast Ye! Grab em while you can!
Hooray for Friday! These perky little friends are waiting for you in the bus shelter along with some glads, lilies, and suns.
I plan to do a lil designing later today so expect arrangements after 2pm. I'll post in the comments when they're out.
Wishing you a fantastic one!
"Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time."
Here's a little peek at what I've been working on for you this morning. I'm savoring every second with these blooms as we'll be saying goodbye at first frost.
In the bus shelter you can now find:
•Dahlia bundles $10-$20
•Sunflower bunches $10
•Orange gladiolus bunches $10
•Blackbeard lily bunches $10
No design work or arrangements right now as I'll have my hands tied up in the dirt all day. In the comments you can see a peek of what I did yesterday and will be doing more of today.
For those new to our flower farm and shopping at the farmstand, we take cash/check, Venmo, Paypal, and Square. Directions for payment are on a little sign mounted on the wall. Hope to see you soon!
Have a great day, Friends!
"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." -William Cullent Bryant
These beauties will be all bundled up and in the bus shelter by 8:15 this morning.
Hope you have a great day, friends!
Soooo, the bus shelter is stocked and maybe I overdid it. Is there such a thing? You can now find more $10-$20 bundles and some larger fun arrangements in my favorite vessels. Last post for the day as I'm done designing and am heading out for more fall field prep.
Hope everyone's having a great Sunday!
Good Morning! Bundles are slowly heading out to the bus shelter. Along with yesterday's sales, 100% of today's will be going to YWCA Clark County to help with their Safe Choice Program.
Today is a super busy day on the farm and I won't be able to refill throughout the day. If we sell out, and I hear about it, I'll let ya know!
If you don't need flowers but still want to help support the YWCA and their mission, here's the link:
Thanks for being awesome and taking care of each other!
#flowers #fundraiser #localflowers #ywca #domesticviolenceawareness #womenwhofarm #VanWA #clarkcounty #HockinsonWa
For years now, I've been fantasizing about a bigger, brighter farmstand. A farmstand my customers could step inside, with bright white walls, whimsical lighting, chest-high shelves for displaying large, showy flower arrangements. A stand to match the big dramatic designs which I love to create. The dream stand would be beautiful while still rustic side because, afterall, we are a farm.
Last year, I even went as farm as polling customers as to whether we should build a new stand. However, every time I'd begin sketching the new stand, I would have little pangs of grief. What would I do with the old bus shelter farmstand? The one in which I'd put grab-and-go boxes of veggies I sold on Craigslist when the children were babies. The shelter a woman regularly picked up large bags of kale for to make smoothies for her dear friend who was suffering with cancer. The shelter where I snuggled with my children and anxiously awaited the school bus. The shelter they built with my husband. Oh, the memories! That's it. The scrappy little bus shelter stays.
It may be short, it may be dark, there may not be a lot of room for it to hold my largest creations, it will never have air conditioning for those hot bouquet melting days, but it contains so many strings to my heart. While you may pull up to our driveway and see flowers or perhaps see a rickety old bus shelter, I see my childrens' little feet swinging off the bench as they waited to be carried off the farm into the big, exciting world. So, please understand that my plans and ideas for a new stand are on hold for awhile as I savor these memories.