"I'm a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!"
The farmstand is stocked this morning, but will most likely not be restocked throughout the day. I'm all poured out, friends. Luckily no shouting was involved, but I'm taking the rest of the day off to love on my family and rejuvenate. We have another big, exciting week ahead and I need to be at the top of my game.
Last night we dipped to 28 degrees which required a ton of hustling to get the farm prepared to withstand the low temps and it also resulted in a morning of hovering, nail biting, and assessing damage. So, I'm not "farming" today. At least I'll be trying my best to avoid it. I apologize, but this means I will also not be answering texts, emails, or phone calls. I'll be back tomorrow for subscriptions and a full week of Petals for a Purpose and our I Paw'd It Forward fundraiser for which I am most excited!
In the stand today, you can find some arrangements, $15 pints, and a few bundles. No minis today.
Have a great Sunday, friends. Take care of yourself and love on your peeps.
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"If you work hard and be persistent, you will achieve whatever you want to do." -Jane Goodall
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I seriously can't thank you enough for all the love you showed our little farm this weekend. You guys really showed up for the flowers. It always blows me away and I am so grateful.
Well, friends, I'm going to try my best to keep you updated. This is going to be a HUGE week. Huge, I tell ya. Along with our subscriptions this week, we are going to move into having the farmstand open daily. Roughly 9am-dusk like we did last year.
We will also be kicking off a fundraiser, which I will announce as soon as I've firmed up some pickup locations. Stay tuned! I'm excited!
Now, for the huge, hard, persistent work piece. We are taking on a giant week in the field. GIANT, I tell ya. This is one of those weeks where we are embracing every second of the Spring abundance (harvesting flowers galore), and taking a big leap into summer. What does this all mean? It means we will be digging thousands of tulips, harvesting anemones and ranunculus daily, spreading 20 yards of compost and laying out the dahlia field in prep for almost 2000 plants. All the tubers are waking up and they're ready to nestle into some cozy beds in prep for their summer debut. I'm so excited for their big show, but in the meantime, there's a ton of dirty work backstage, so to speak.
So, I'm fueling up, lathering on some sunscreen, waking those teenagers and heading out. Wish us luck!
Subscribers, your bundles will be ready by 11am. See you soon!
Make it a great Monday!
*Photo of our quickly assembled Easter bouquet. Can you believe those parrot tulips? Gah! Also a pic of the tunnel this morning. Can't wait for more armloads of ranunculus!
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Eep! It's Friday, the sun is shining, and my all-time favorite flowers are putting on a show. These parrot and double tulips make my heart flutter and I have been waiting for them all year. Digging them cozy nests, protecting them from bunnies, voles, and deer, and shading them from too much sun, etc. They are truly worth every bit of pampering!
You can find straight bundles and mixed bundles in the bus shelter now along with larger arrangements. Every single stem in the stand was grown right here on our small farm using natural growing methods. No nasty chemicals here-ever!
We also have anemone bundles (these babies are closed in the stand but will open up large and in charge! They last over a week in the vase and are true treasures), we also have gorgeous fragrant, fancy narcissus in closed bundles (ready to open for you at home) or open and in a vase. Intricate and stunning.
AND for all you who've asked, we have hanging succulents (grown by an OR nursery) are only $10 basket this weekend only.
Swing on by! Will try to stay stocked until dusk all weekend!
Oh my goodness, you guys! I've been so busy with subscriptions, deliveries, and a wild amount of planting that I haven't even given any Easter updates. Easter is early this year. Sheesh.
Ok, here's the quick lowdown. I'm booked with custom arrangements and have been all week. In order to have time to make arrangements for the farmstand, I've decided not to take any new custom orders. However, I hope to have plenty of Easter bouquets in the stand Thursday-Sunday. 10am-dusk.
What's in bloom right now? We have fancy, fragrant narcissus, tulips, anemones, and a bit of ranunculus (they're definitely on their way). We should have an assortment of $15-$25 bundles, a few pint sized posies, and larger arrangements. The tulips and anemones will definitely be taking center stage.
Along with farm fresh blooms, we'll have some sales on our bunny planters and hanging succulents (string of dolphins, burro's tail).
If you have any questions, please reach out. I promise I'll get back to you as soon as my hands are free. 😘
OH! And today is the last day to enter our Discovering Dahlias book giveaway. Scroll back to the pink dahlias to enter. We'll be drawing a name tonight. Thanks, Friends!
Good Morning! Can you believe all these tulips? I know they don't look flashy now because we harvest them early for maximum vase life. Part of my joy is watching these beauties bloom and put on a show in the vase. Kept in a cooler part of the house with daily fresh water changes these lovelies will dance and transform in your space for over a week. They are truly one of Spring's greatest treats.
In my arms this morning are an elegant white double and an intricate parrot in gorgeous greens and pinks. Both just waiting to show you what they've got.
I'm working on customs this morning, but you can find some of these in the bus shelter by 10. Before 10 you can find minis and pints, narcissus bunches, hanging succulents, cacti, and bunny planters.
Have a great day!
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Yikes! I'll been pretty terrible about updating this space. So, I'm here to say that Spring has sprung and you should be expecting the farmstand to be loaded with flowers. We'll have it stocked Thursday-Sunday 10-8ish.
Yikes! I'll been pretty terrible about updating this space. So, I'm here to say that Spring has sprung and you should be expecting the farmstand to be loaded with flowers. We'll have it stocked Thursday-Sunday 10-8ish. Swing on
Alrighty, the bus shelter is stocked! Big bouquets are out, potted plants, cacti, a new round of potted Prosecco daffs from our hightunnel, and a few new fun pots. Also, you have to check out the gorgeous snake plant and the giant golden pothos I found at @jbaconfarms. I'm completely obsessed.
Smaller bouquets will be out a little later.
"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity." -Longfellow
I fell in love with the simplicity of the white ranunculus last year and decided to plant even more this year. As I gave them a good foliar feeding yesterday, I noticed dozens of first buds. They're little ones, so I pinched them back, but it's still such a hopeful sign that Spring is on it's way. Our Spring subscriptions will start up sometime in March when we can guarantee a steady supply or fragrant narcissus, tulips, anemone, and ranuncs. It's a bit of a guessing game, which is all part of the fun.
Wishing you all a great Sunday! We'll have the stand open at 10ish and will close up around 5ish.
Ok, we're rolling. Here's a quick peek at the stand. We hope to keep it stocked until 6ish.
For those new to our farm, our stand is our children's old bus stop which we call the bus shelter. All the flowers and foliage we sell in our bouquets are grown here on our farm. We take pride in local blooms and love the anticipation and celebration of each unique season. We grow using natural fertilizers and pest management strategies so you won't find nasty chemical residue in our bouquets, but you may find a stray aphid or lady bug here and there or maybe even a Pyrenees hair. I try, I try, but we are Barn Dog Farm...
Our tiny stand has room for one car at a time. If you see a car in the spot, please drive down the road until you find a safe place to turn around and come back. Our road is a fast rural one, and it makes us nervous having cars wait. A new farmstand is on the way with a fresh parking setup. We're moving on up! Thank you for supporting small farms, for making all of this possible, and for giving me the opportunity to follow my passion. There's little I love more than growing for you!
The bus shelter farmstand is all dressed up and ready for Happy Hour. 3pm-7ish. Swing on by!
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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.