“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's true. Me, too. I wake up most days in a state of gratitude. Grateful for the life lessons, grateful for my family and friends, and grateful for all of you. Your support and enthusiasm sustains me and my work on this lil farm. Putting in the hard work and long hours knowing that the flowers leaving this place may brighten someone else's day is a great privilege. I'm honored and grateful. So, thank you!
If I could, I'd wrap you all up in a big hug. For now, I'm sending an abudance of love and gratitude and hoping you have a beautiful Thanksgiving.
We're taking a full day off today and will have the shed open from 9-6 Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. All houseplants including cacti will be 50% off (excludes paperwhites and holiday evergreens).
For Small Business Saturday, everything in the shed will be 20% off and seasonal subscriptions and hoodies will be 15% on our website.
Maybe we'll see you then!
Walking around the farm snipping as many seasonal bits as I can fit in my arms and quickly arranging is one of my favorite pick-me-ups. I was dragging today and a walk in the rain this afternoon with these beauties was super refreshing.
Quite a few people have reached out this week inquiring about our Thanksgiving offerings and since we have some new followers on here I figured I should give a little update about what our farm looks like during the next couple of months.
We're a small family farm at the western base of the Cascade mountains in Washington State. We're committed to seasonality and designing only with what we grow right here on our tiny farm. I love knowing the blooms I use were grown without chemicals and were picked at just the proper stage. It's important to me to have complete control of the quality and the environmental impact of our product. However, while we do use season extension by way of unheated hoophouses, we still rarely have blooms on Thanksgiving and definitely not at Christmas. I truly savor seasonality. I love fresh winter greenery in the winter and roses in the summer. It keeps me in a place of gratitude and anticipation for seasons to come. This armful of blooms I'm holding here will probably be the last round for the year. They didnt quite make it to Thanksgiving. Oh well.
The shed will be open tomorrow Friday 11/19 from 10-6 with dried floral arrangements and bundles, soaps, candles, @sleepymonkcoffee, Oregon grown houseplants and cacti (50% off), and gifty items. We will be closed Saturday-Thanksgiving to relish having our oldest home from college and reconnecting as a family, but plan to be open Friday 11/26, Saturday 11/27 from 10-6pm with our traditional holiday potted paperwhites, dried florals, and all the gifty items. Barn Dog tshirts, hoodies, flower subscriptions, and Bloom Bucks make excellent gifts. They can all be found online and can be shipped or arrangements can be made to pick up in the farmshed.
Thanks for all your support and understanding as our offerings shift and align with the seasons.
If you have any questions, please reach out.
Why am I so obsessed with mums right now? They have me completely capitivated. Anyway, I took some time away from the tunnel to make some arrangements for the farmstand this afternoon and it sure felt great! You can find this one and a few of its friends out there now.
I hope your Sunday is what you needed it to be!
Well, well, well, we made it to Saturday! I've had quite a few messages asking about the farmstand and what's to come. So, a little update.
Saturday & Sunday: Farmshed is open 10-6pm.
I restocked this morning with more dried market bundles, small bundles, greeting cards, Byrd Baylor books, and more. The Sleepy Monk coffee seems to be a hit! Just a reminder that the stand operates on the honor system and we would love to keep it that way. Since we now have a variety of goodies, we'd love it if you could fill out a receipt on the carbon pad with your chosen items or if you Venmo, list the item in the memo portion like so many of you already do. It helps keep things straight. As we approach the holidays, there's an increase in theft all around us and we'd really like to keep our cozy little stand open.
What else? OH! Many of you have been asking when we'll open up our Spring Flower and late summer Dahlia subscriptions. Last year we waited until closer to Christmas and Valentine's Day and held off on opening the four week dahlia subscriptions until much later in the year. Since so many are wanting to plan holiday gifts now, I guess there's no reason to wait. I'll open up subscriptions tonight around 8pm. Each subscription will come with it's own notecard and can be shipped to your home for gift giving or from our farm directly to the recipient. Cards will be available for shipping the first week of December. Subscriptions are limited.
That about covers the updates for now. Holiday hours will be coming soon, paperwhites, amaryllis, holiday goodies coming for holiday hours. Dahlia tuber sale will open online next Saturday, November 13 at 10am. Eep!
Thanks for all your support and positivity! I appreciate you all!
Did I mention I'm obsessed with the mums? Here's a little peek at some of the ones I got to play with at the end of the day yesterday. They're all so unique that it's hard to pick a favorite, but if I haaaaad to choose, it'd be Apricot Alexis. Not because Alexis is my middle name, but because I adore the beautiful apricot gold color and its large incurved blooms on amazingly strong stems. It's the perfect fall bloom in my opinion.
Wanna hear a story that involves my middle name? My husband and I have known each other since we were 11 years old. Long story there, but when we in the process of buying our first house together at the age of 25 and were filling out the paperwork, he put my middle initial down as "L." I gave him the look. The look that insinuated this could be a deal breaker. "Wha?! What do you think my middle name is?" His response? Lexus. Like the car. I had to pause for a minute. It was a cute house and he was a cute guy so it took some internal debating. I ended up signing the paperwork. And then I signed the marriage certificate less than a year later. It was a good decision.
Yesterday, he came home from shuttling our youngest kiddo and immediately came out to the field to find me as he always does. Every time I see him coming, my heart flutters a bit. As I held this giant armload he asked if I wanted a photo and we started marveling over the uniqueness of each bloom. I pointed to my favorite. "It's Apricot Alexis with an 'A'." He lowered the camera, made eye contact and gave me the sweetest little smile and chuckle. It's been over 20 years since that paperwork and I am so glad I let that small one slide. Not all my decisions have been great, but marrying my best friend was one of the best decisions of my life and over the years we've certainly learned what's worth diving into and what's worth letting roll.
Shed is open today from 10-6 with the usuals. Sleep Monk coffee has arrived and is in stock along with all the other goodies. Not sure if we'll have any fresh cuts out today, but there are $20 dried bundles and dried arrangements in Sip and Spin Pottery.
Hey friends! The farmshed will be open today and tomorrow from 10-6 and 10-5 on Friday and 10-6 on Saturday with dried florals (all naturally grown right here on the farm) and gifty items like plants, candles, soaps, honey, stickers, cards, etc. If you're interested in the new Barn Dog hoodies or tshirts, you can order online and pickup in the farmshed. Just message me for an approximate pickup time.
Wishing you all a cozy day.
Well, the dahlias in the field are done, but you know I hoard some in the tunnel, right? It's too hard for me to say goodbye all at once, so I stagger the grand finale. This Chrichton Honey is at the top of the list when it comes to my faves. I carried this one around in my pocket yesterday afternoon and it definitely put a pep in my step.
Today will be spent assessing the field, cleaning up more of the tunnel, and then running to pick up this year's first round of tulips. Four thousand arrive today and the other eight thousand arrive soon, I hope. The catastrophic flooding in Europe this year heavily impacted bulb growers and therefore some of the bulbs we ordered way back in February weren't viable. While it's a bit disappointing for us, our heart goes out to the bulb growers and we'll be even more grateful for the bulbs we do receive. What are you grateful for this week?
Oh! The farmshed will be open today and tomorrow from 10-6 for gift items (cards, stickers, soaps, honey) and plants (all plants 50% off). If you'd like eggs, send me a note with a time you'd like to pick up and I'll set them out in the shed. The cooler is currently unplugged until electrical is redone. Also, teal tshirts and along with hoodies are in stock online. The other color Ts available in farmstand and we still have some bulbs and corms available online as well. Wow, that was a lot of info. Have a great end of the week! 😘
Merry Frostmas! This morning we officially say goodbye to our dahlias. The good news is I cut blooms before the frost and will have them available in $10 bunches after 2pm. The last hoorah!
Happy Friday, lovely friends!
Just a quick note to wish you all a great weekend and remind you that 100% of the sales in the bus shelter today will be donated to @whatcomhumanesociety to help offset the loss of supplies stolen by thieves last week. If you don't need flowers but would still like to contribute, here's a link:
Looking for our bundles but don't have time to drive to the farm? Dahlia bundles are in stock @chucksproduce on Mill Plain.
We mentioned this yesterday, but just a reminder that the stand will be closed Saturday and Sunday and will reopen Monday.
After a walk around the field this morning, it definitely feels like Frostmas is on the horizon. Any bets when?
Trying to soak up all this beauty before then. Sending you all love this weekend!
Like sunshine on a cloudy day...
Felt the need to play with some of my favorite locally made, hand-thrown pottery to start the day! Feels great!
Bus shelter has $20 bundles and this lil cutie. Will have more by 11 and will open the farmshed as soon as I can find the key.
This year. What can I say? Our farm has grown in so many ways and not necessarily just in a physical capacity. Yes, we've expanded our crops a bit over the last couple of years, we've moved fields, erected tunnels, etc. We've also contracted. Pared down many things that drained us, narrowed down what we focus on, eliminated some flowers that we just didn't love, and generally learned to say "no" when we used to only say "yes."
Life served up some major loss this year in ways we never could have predicted. We said goodbye to a tiny forest that offered us shelter, comfort, and retreat. Our children's wonderland. In July we said goodbye to two of our beloved dogs in the course of a few days and by September walked an aunt home after a long battle with cancer. And two weeks ago, we drove our oldest son to college. His first time out of the nest. It's amazing how grief tucks itself into the folds and is able to fall out at any time. To dislodge. I'm a big believer in fully processing grief or it sneaks up when you least expect it.
This season has been busy! Too busy to process. I couldn't be more ecstatic about the direction the farm is heading and the amazing relationships that we've developed through flowers. An average week varies, but along with arrangements, I've been slinging anywhere from 70-175 market bouquets a week. That may seem small to some, large to others, but for me it's nearly the perfect groove. It keeps me spinning and working at a clip I enjoy. However, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tired. I am exhausted. Flower farming doesn't really have an off season. We plant bulbs and corms through November, start seeds in January and begin to harvest again by February. The farmstand will be open for holiday sales with our favorite potted paperwhites, amaryllis, and greenery, however, I'm planning to close the shed on Thursday, October 14th for at least a few weeks. I need those weeks off to decompress and process this year before we fully jump in to the next. I am beyond excited for all the exciting changes next year. So, before I get caught up in that exuberance, I'm taking a rest. In two weeks.
Thanks, again, for all your support, friends.
Today's the day, ya'll! You can find a variety of our market bouquets at @chucksproduce on Mill Plain. We're so excited and grateful for this opportunity as they are our favorite Clark County grower. Locally owned, they've been unwavering in their support of small local farms and clean, healthy food.
And dahlia subscribers, we're opening the farmshed early today (7:45) and your dahlias are on the bench right as you walk in.
Much love! Have a great Monday!
You guys! It was 36 degrees last night! That is far too close to freezing for my comfort. So glad I snapped a pic of my three favorite and trusty dahlia varieties yesterday as they could have been taken out last night! Oh, the drama!
Anyway, what's happening today? Let's see. I'm running dahlia subscriptions to Rally Pizza for pickup between 12-8pm. Please pickup today as I don't want our awesome hosts to manage it tomorrow.
I'm filling custom orders as well this morning and then I'm taking our oldest to college. However, I'll be stocking the stand with flowers first. Also refilling cards, stickers and other goodies. Plants were restocked last week. Eep! So many cuties to choose from! If you're unsure of price just peek around for a little white sticker.
Hoodies are available in the online shop until next Friday and I've been blown away by the number of orders. I'm so excited! Stay tuned for tulips and daffs to open this Friday and roses to follow in the weeks to come.
Many of our customers still aren't aware that the shed is open and are driving by looking for lights in the bus shelter. To be honest, I miss the bus shelter. I looove the shed, but I miss the lights and color at the road. Once we get power figured out, I may go back to adorning our favorite little roadside nook.
I wish you all a fabulous day and cannot thank you enough for your support on this fun floral ride!
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"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." Nathaniel Hawthorne
I hope these beautiful fall feeling sunbeams find your face today. If you need flowers, the farmshed is stocked. A few bundles are out in the bus shelter for those who still don't know about the shed. 😘
I'm going to say this loud and clear so there's no need to turn up the volume. I stand on the side of Love. This business and everything it was founded on, stands on the side of Love. I stand with my friends, loved ones, and LGBTQ community members. There is no question. I will never tolerate hateful bigoted speech. Ever. If you are appalled that I would say that and feel the need to unfollow this page or choose not to buy our flowers, that is absolutely fine.
If you can sit by and listen to someone publicly berate a community member due to who they choose to love and spend their life with and you do not get sick to your stomach, your heart doesn't break, or you don't feel the need to speak up, then yeah, maybe we aren't a good fit.
I am appalled by some of the emboldened bigots in our community and in my heart know that love wins.
I am moving slower today because the last two days kicked my booty. Well, they crippled my wrists. In a good way. We raised $320 on Thursday to help replace the American flag at the high school. It turned out a generous community member purchased a flag so the money we raised has been donated to the general ASB fund.
Yesterday, the jam packed flowershed sold out twice as compassionate community members flower bombed their people in need. Seeing that love is what keeps me getting out of bed in the morning. To place my creaky, achy feet firmly on the ground to stand with Love. Always. Without hesitation.
So, flowers are slowly heading to the shed. Market bouquets and maybe some arrangements. There'll be other goodies, too. Honey, candles, plants, eggs, and kindness.
Take care, friends.
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It's back-to-school day around here! Emotions are all over the place, but as a former teacher, one thing I always remind myself is that parents set the tone. Kids are reading us right now and I'm focusing on being positive, excited, and encouraging. Our kids are adaptable and resilient and I'm committed to supporting teachers and staff so our kiddos have a wonderful start to their long awaited school year. May this year be a complete one full of fun new memories! I am holding on to hope as always.
It's also daaaahlia season! That fills me with a ton of emotions, too. Check out these babies. My fingers are slightly frozen this morning as I pack them up to head to the new farmstand and bus shelter, but my heart is filled with pride and joy. Just like my children, I've poured my heart into them. Feeding them, protecting them from disease, tucking them in for a winter's rest, protecting them from harsh elements, and basking in their radiance when they're putting on a show. Let me tell ya, they are definitely at their best right now.
So, you can find these ones in the stand in $20 bundles (that includes tax so they're 18ish). You can also find those uber cute #2 pencil bouquets and tons of other goodies.
All the best to you on this exciting new day!
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Whoah! I'm running so late today! How are you guys? We're gearing up for the Hockinson Farmers Market tomorrow (9-1pm) and trying to rush our harvest this morning. We're harvesting daily from 6am until about 10:30 and then again each evening from 7:30 to 9:30. Gotta split the shifts in this heat!
Speaking of split shifts, my hubby and I have a system down for markets and well, life in general. For markets, he packs the truck, sets up the tent and is a general moral support leading up to it. I truly depend on him for so much. And he's cute and he keeps the mood light. Anyway, he unexpectedly jumped on a plane Wednesday to rush off to help a sick aunt in NYC. During a heatwave, on a farmers market week, with custom orders, with company here, with a giant tree removal job, and with irrigation failures. Oh, and with a dishwasher blowing out. That sounds like a lot right? I should be panicking, right? I suppose I could be a little crabby and disappointed that he'd take off on such a hectic week, but guess what? We have a choice. We can choose to see these little challenges however we'd like. I'm choosing gratitude. I am soooooo freaking grateful to have a life partner who would jump on a plane to rush off to be with a family member in need. I'm also grateful that he believes I can handle all the things I just mentioned. Because guess what? I can.
So, that's my Friday morning pep talk reminding you that you can handle all that life throws at you. Yep, you can! It's also my way of letting you know that there won't be any flowers in the stand until at least noon and as I mentioned in an earlier post, I won't be able to take any new custom orders this weekend.
Have a great weekend! Hope to see you at the farmers market!
Oh, did I tell you I was summoned to jury duty and it starts on the first day of our dahlia subscription? No worries, we will cross that bridge when we get to it!
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.