Saturday, September 9, 2017


 

Woofdah! We've had a couple of big weeks here at HPF.

Our dear 2nd year employee Sarma is moving on to other endeavors. We wish all the best things, and miss her, and know we'll see her again.

Three weddings down in two weeks, and a whole lotta mixed bouquets and other flowers came out of the field, into the pack shed, and into homes and other sacred spaces. Yay!

Our big kid went to his first week of preschool. Sigh...and yay! 

Life is such a mixed bag, or bouquet, isn't it. :):)

The fields, and views are looking and feeling fallish for sure. Brr, cold mornings. We'll have kale flowers, grasses and broom corn, more lisianthus, celosia, and some heirloom mums in the mixes in the next few weeks.

We have a sunflower shortage coming up due to some opportune voles and the cool weather. The next planting is mostly a bust, and the one after that is slow, but coming.

Hope you and yours are well. Happy fall!

xxoo
J,M+E 













And, soon, we'll do more of this. Oh her squishy face is so sweet.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Warm greetings!

Just looking back at these photos from the week - there's been a whole lot of magic around here. So fun.

We had a group of children and parents for a flower fun day. It was wonderful. Those of you who know my elementary ed teacher heart, know that I miss teaching, and just hanging out with children. Truly we have so much to learn from them. They just know things that we don't, and we would be wiser to listen and observe harder. Anyway, it was a great day, and the chickens have never felt so loved. :)

The eclipse was super cool, and we're so glad to have experienced it. I loved the shadows the most. 

The pollinators that continue to populate our field are diverse and many. Even compared to last year, we have so many bumblebees and butterflies, and dive bombing hummingbirds. It's awesome.

And the flowers continue to delight. We cleaned a bunch of garlic this week too, and harvested watermelons. 

The cool weather will slow us down a little, but we also have some new fall fare in the ground and on its way. Stay tuned for lovely lisianthus, celosia, kale flowers, lilies, broom corn, and if we can talk really sweet to it, the eucalyptus might finally make an appearance. :)

Happy last week of August!

xoxo
J,M+E










Friday, August 18, 2017



Hello dear HPF supporters,

I"m feeling grateful this morning for the opportunity to do this work; for our strong bodies that just keep going, our tired minds that are often on auto-pilot these days, and our hearts that drive it all.

And for you all; your hearts and minds, that inspire you to choose products locally and sustainably-grown by people you know. The choice is not small. The ripples are wide.

We had a quote this week, on what it would take to install solar panels on our farm. We use a relative lot of electricity to power our greenhouses, and cooler, not to mention the dryer to wash all our very dirty clothes! Who knew the dryer took so much energy?! We're going to look into funding, but it's quite a bit of money up front. 

Anyway, the great sales guy showed us these infographics with numbers attached on what we would save in energy and fossil fuels. (I'm a sucker for a good infographic!) It's amazing what the greater impact would be just by converting our little farm to solar. 65% of Excel's electricity is produced through coal-burning with coal from Wyoming. Between the travel and the coal-burning, it's pretty impressive what would be saved.

Every choice we all make for seemingly little changes in our day-to-day lives combine into big impacts. It's so cool.

It's been a wet week. It's supposed to dry out this weekend, and the flowers will appreciate that.

We've put out so many more flowers this year than ever before, and it's been awesome. But, with the time and energy put into that, we haven't been able to give our broccoli and watermelons the attention they need. Combined with the challenges of growing on 2-year transitioning farm land, it's really affected the quality and quantity of our produce this year. We're sorry for it. Every year is a learning experience, and it takes another year to adjust, make changes and grow again. Next year will be different. 

This year has been about the flowers. Next year we'll give more attention to, and with improved soil, our produce will flourish too.

We thank you ever so much for your continued support! Have a great week!

xoxo
J,M+E 





Friday, August 11, 2017



 Hiya friends!

Below is a photo of us on a quick watermelon break at about hour 7 on Thursday, our biggest order day ever in the history of HPF. WOOT! It was intense, but really awesome.

Thanks for your orders, and for representing our product so well. We appreciate you all!

Truly the high summer bounty is here. And the cooler weather has slowed some things a bit, but feels so good.

Enjoy the weekend!

xo 
J,M+E






Friday, August 4, 2017


Hello!

Hope you've had a lovely week. The cool weather is welcome, and makes us start to think about fall and it's beauty.

The sunflowers will be in full force next week - so we'll resume regular orders and please, order away! We'll also offer celosia, chief and plume, in consumer bunches.

Our week has flown by, and we continue to be delighted by the bounty of the flowers. Thanks for your support, and be in touch if you have questions.

Just this as we cruise into a busy August weekend. Best to yours!

xoxo
J,M+E

E's arrangements. <3

The first of my roses. This is Lady Shalot. I can't get enough of her.

Oh yeah, soon enough we'll be slurping up juicy watermelon.

We picked some berries with family from the west coast. So sweet.


Saturday, July 29, 2017


Hello friends! We'll have a gap in sunflowers at the beginning of the week, but the next planting is on the edge of bloom so we hope to resume our regular orders by Friday. We'll be in touch!

We actually got out of town for a day last weekend, with family like normal people in the summer, and it was bliss. Then we came home and harvested flowers like crazy. Thanks to everyone who helps us farm -  it takes a village. Xoxo

J,M+E













Friday, July 21, 2017


Hi friends!

It's been so fun to have a full cooler and rock out some lovely bouquets this season. It really does make a huge difference to have both Mike and myself on the farm more full time. Go figure! :)

Buyers - we offer consumer bunches this year - and thanks to those of you who have ordered. It's a little different than sourcing from a wholesaler, because we are working within the limits of mother nature. We'll keep you up-to-date on what we have each week in our weekly email. We won't always have everything but seasonal is more fun, right?! Please be in touch if you have feedback. It's our first year offering these in bulk, and it's a work in progress. 

Do you know about the Twin Cities Flower Exchange? It's every Wednesday at the Good Acre Food Hub, and offers local designers and florists an all-local, chemical-free option for sourcing beautiful flowers and greenery. We like it because it gives us another outlet for quantities, or varieties that don't work as well in bouquets.

The local flower industry continues to grow and change, and in a short five years, we've seen so much growth. It's wonderful.

With that, we know the retail grocery sector is tight right now. We value integrity, and try to do our best to uphold our integrity as farmers and put out a beautiful, high-quality product grown with sustainable methods. We'll keep doing it as long as we have your support. Thanks for that, always.

Keep up the good work! 

xo
J,M+E

PS. The Eat Local Farm Tour rocked! So fun - see photos below!










Farmer Mike and our new employee Peter harvested garlic. The pack shed smells so good as it cures!