We are very happy to introduce our intern this year, Eugenia Alcorta!
Eugenia is currently a student at the School of Professional Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden. She will be with us until the end of June. Eugenia has a passion for learning all about flower farming and floral design and we are so delighted to have her!
Her family owns a 30-acre farm in Argentina so she knows what it takes to make a farm work and we are looking to learn a lot from her as well.
Eugenia has already demonstrated the true grit of flower farmer as she braved a very chilly start to the growing season with temps barely getting into the forties this week. We look forward to the warmer days ahead and for her first blooms to take root in the fields.
Week #10 – February 29
We’ve had some pretty beautiful days this last week of February here in northwestern NJ. The weather was warm and sunny and we all rushed outside to get some work done. Working outside in February is what we call a “freebie,” a day that you would not otherwise count on to get some work done. The bees came out as well as the crocuses and we worked to the sounds of the bluebirds calling back and forth to each other. This is the time to get those nest boxes up since they will build their nests in March.
Spring is in the air!
Week #9 – February 24th 2016
One of the great aspects about my work is that I get to meet and work with new people all the time.
This winter I have been meeting with brides and grooms, their moms and dads, sisters, cousins, friends and even a dog or two here and there! Recently a bride referred to me as an artist instead of a vendor and I just knew I was going to love this bride! It’s true, floral design work can be considered a form of art, but really even farming is an art form (ask any farmer!) and I felt so happy that she recognized that.
I also have the opportunity to work with many other artisans as well. Photographers, chefs, pastry makers, wedding planners and everyone involved in making a wedding day perfect for the bride and groom, they are all artists in their own way.
Here are some pictures from a photographer, friend and fellow artisan that I have had the pleasure of working with several times in the last few years named Tyson Trish. I love the clarity of his photos and how he truly captures the feeling in these moments. See for yourself below in Betty and Ray’s wedding from September 2015 at Perona Farms.
Week #7 – February 10, 2016
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! That is what all of our customers said about our Flower Subscription Service last year.
This year we are offering our subscriptions earlier so that you can give them as gifts to the people you love this Valentine’s Day. It is easy to buy right off of our website in our online store. These subscriptions come in a number of sizes and prices so check them out.
Our most popular seller last year was the 4 week “Little Bucket” which gives you a month of flowers for only $100. This is a great gift for mom’s, spouses, girlfriends and anyone who wants to be surrounded by local fresh, fragrant flowers every week for a month. You can also share your subscription so if the month sounds overwhelming just split it with a friend!
Of course, these flowers do need to be picked up at the farm, so we cannot ship to your sister in California (yet!), but the up side is that you get to visit us every week and chat about all things flowers and farming.
Week 6 – February 5th
I belong to a trade group called the Association for Specialty Cut Flower Growers, which is a group of other flower farmers like myself from all over the country. Flower farming used to be quite an industry in the United States, but now over 80% of the flowers in your local florist are bought in from over seas. Turns out that flowers look, smell and last better when they are grown closer to home. Flowers that travel from overseas are days old by the time they reach your vase and many times just do not have the longevity or vitality that a local bunch will.
This video profiles some American growers and shows how flowers farming is having a resurgence. Watch the video and this summer I challenge you to buy a local bouquet and see the difference!