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!
Week #5 – January 31, 2016
Here in New Jersey we had some real weather last weekend. Winter storm “Jonas” hit us early last Saturday morning and lasted throughout the entire day. In our part of northwestern NJ we got roughly 24 inches of snow in less than 24 hours. It was a pretty amazing day to witness. We are glad to have the snow to play in and it gave our new puppy Buttercup her first real snow experience. Needless to say, she loved it.
During the storm we were all snuggled up in our warm home and we never lost power even though some of the winds were gusting up to 40 mph. We had a pot of chili on the stove and fresh homemade bread in the oven as we watched the snow build up all day, slowly and steadily.
Just outside our kitchen window our bird feeder was very busy despite the rough weather. It is filled with sunflower seeds and we had many, many visitors that day including the woodpeckers who come up the pole and pick the seeds out from the bottom of the feeder. As you can tell from the picture, it was a light and fluffy snow but it somehow managed to stick to the feeder for a record 18″ until one of the boys felt the urge to go ouside and knock it all off.
I have attached some other winter photos from the week for a sneak peak into “life on the farm.”