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! 


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!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Heya friends!

Holy moly the flower fields finally went boom! And boom they went. We have so many sunflowers - please order as many as you'd like! Sunflowers for everyone!

Friends came out to pick flowers and help us paint the van. Friends and family came out to help us weed and weed whack and mow and generally spruce up for the Eat Local Farm Tour this weekend. We just feel so grateful for all of it, and it's so fun to share flowers and good food.

Eat Local Farm Tour, Saturday, July 15, 10am - 4pm. Join us for lemonade, flower child head wreaths, flower arranging, and walking tours on our lovely little piece of land that we're rehabbing from corn and soy production back to diverse pollinator bliss.

We'd love to see you!

And please, buy some sunflowers. They're so pretty and plentiful. :)

Be well, happy high summer!

xo J,M+E

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hi friends!

It's been a slow start after a long spring. Kind of weird, but that seems to be the weather norm these days. We've had a few lovely days this week, and now it's actually pretty dry around here. So we irrigate. And so it goes.

We've felt grateful to have been missed by the worst of the storms coming through, but it's a strange feeling to watch the radar and feel so grateful as it misses us, but also know it's going towards other farmers we know. 

The foxglove has blown up this week, and that's been delightful. Look for them in mixes, and we'll have some available for consumer bunches. Also lilies.

We made lots of bouquets considering it was the week of the 4th, and not such a big floral holiday. :) Also took a little time at our favorite backyard park, Nugget Lake County Park. We went canoeing, and spent some time just playing in the creek. It was great.

Next week we'll be sprucing up the farm to host the Eat Local Farm Tour. Come visit, we'd love to have you. Saturday, July 15, 10am-4pm.

Be well, enjoy the moments, and thanks as always for supporting our family farm.

xo J,M+E

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Our field and our family.

On the brink of bloom.

Our flower boy.
It's so good to be back in our favorite restaurants.

This boy loves flowers, and dead animals like this mole for dissection and real-life learning. It's good to be well-rounded.

First wedding of the season for this fern-loving bride. Loved it!

We'll have more and more blooms in the next few weeks. Thanks for supporting our family farm business!!

Best to your week!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

New favs - pulchinella poppies. So lovely.

Lots of time and energy watering and irrigating last week. Whew.

Yikes, but one out of 7 ain't bad.

And just like that it was gone.

Heya friends,

We have flowers...eee...just a few, but the field is getting ready to explode. Especially now that we had some rain this morning. Accompanied by hail and really strong winds which we'd rather not, but the rain felt good to us and the dry ground. Some of our friends around here just got shredded by strong, strong winds and big hail, and we just feel them in our hearts. Ugh. This isn't easy. 

HPF made out okay - we lost one tunnel that wasn't put together really well, and some of the flowers that are bigger are battered, but they'll make it through. The blooms are just on the edge, so we'll see how they come through.

Our perspective has changed since last year, and it feels good. This storm was big and strong, but short-lived, and we're grateful. 

Thank you all for supporting us through thick and thin last year. We're super excited for this season with more flowers than ever, and new markets, and really, the local flower scene is generally starting to blow wide open. It's exhilarating. 

We may have a few bouquets on this Friday, June 16 and will be in touch. CSA and all regular deliveries will begin Tuesday, June 20. I'll send an availability this week.

Our family has taking a little time to rest after the starter plant madness and before the flower bliss. We've eaten some treats and just hung out together. It's been good.

Here we go. Thanks for being with us on this glorious ride.


My "beginning of the farm season" glamour shot with my sweet pup, Meeki.
She's tired because staying out of the flower beds is a lot of work.

Outtakes because so. many. kisses. 

Papa and E chillin'.

This child we love. Photo credit Kristina Larson.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sweet new trees are thriving!

Mike's been driving school bus for the local communities, and can drop off the kids and bring the bus back to our place to work until he has to go pick them up again. E thinks it's super cool.

Hello friends!!

Oh my goodness, May has flown by. We sold some plants to our Co-ops, and planted some plants, had some more trees, and weathered some rain, and admired some AMAZING sunsets and cloud formations. Friends, neighbors and family have helped us immensely.

FLOWERS IN TWO WEEKS OR SO!! Eeee. We're pumped. 

We'll keep you up to date on availability with emails in the next few weeks.

Every month has its failures, and successes. Small family business, and farming, and well, life in general, often do. Perhaps one of our greatest successes this month, or at least one we feel really good about, is the strengthening and widening of our relationships with our neighbors out here. We can see first hand the poverty of rural communities, and the wealth, and we're glad to be bringing new business, and life to join the other farm businesses here. Two of our young neighbors are working for us a bit, and one of our older neighbors is helping us plow, and manage the land we realized we own through a land survey this winter. Even though our methods, and maybe, politics, may be different from our neighbors, we're finding commonality in our shared desire to make community out here, and a living, and that we do it through work. Our commonality is the love of the work. We all like to work with the land, and we appreciate each others' work ethic. That has been a wonderful realization.

I could say so much more, and have so many feels, but just that for now so I can get back to work. :)

EAT LOCAL FARM TOUR, July 15, 10am-4pm. We'd love to see you here!