Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Farmin' Ain't Easy...

...but it sure is rewarding :)

We wanted to update you guys on what's been going on at Morning Sun Flower Farm! It's been a nerve-wracking first season with our hoophouse, but it's also been an absolute blast. And we were beyond thrilled to start picking our first stems of breathtakingly gorgeous anemones:

All the sleepless nights worrying about drainage and electricity and freezing temperatures, all the afternoons and Sundays and free moments spent planting and weeding and scraping snow, were completely and totally worth it when we saw those beautiful blooms! And these ten, perfect anemones are just the beginning! We're going to have so many in the shop in the next few weeks (so be sure to call about them-- only 2 bucks a stem!), and by April, we should also be cutting daffodils, ranunculus, and tulips. So, guys!! You can get flowers coming from a farm that is 20 minutes away instead of coming from South America or Holland-- how exciting is that?! And here, we'll even provide some photographic proof that our girl Mindy has been busting her butt to get you the best flowers possible:

And wow, as we've travelled through the early stages of our first season as flower farmers, we feel so lucky to have a positive network of other local farmers that are willing to share their knowledge, expertise, and wisdom. Last month, we travelled to Sunny Meadows Flower Farm in Columbus to attend the Ohio Flower Farmer Meet-Up. It was so helpful, and reassuring, to be surrounded by other farmers who have been where we are. And it was so much fun to be in a room with so many people who share our passion for the slow flower movement.

Mostly, we feel so lucky that as we go along in the process, our favorite flower farmer, Floret Flower Farm, has been busy blogging about the step-by-step process she follows when she farms. And every post the amazingly talented Erin Benzakein and her fabulous team put up seems to align perfectly with what we're doing at our farm-- she started with how to maximize space on a farm just when we're trying to learn how best to use the space in our hoophouse. She then moved on to other topics like succession planting and the importance of soil preparation, and we can't wait to see what she covers next. We seriously feel like Erin is checking in with just us every now and then to offer advice! And we are incredibly grateful that even with all her amazing (and much deserved!) successes, she is so dedicated to helping other local flower farmers that she is still willing to share her processes and tips. Her passion for the slow flower movement is what started us along this path, and it's been such an unbelievable gift to feel like she's continuing this journey with us.

So give us a call to ask about buying some Morning Sun Flower Farm anemones! We'll keep you posted as we have new blooms to offer-- and it's not just our stunning anemones, ranunculus, and tulips. We've been busy sowing seeds of foxglove, delphinium, lisianthus, stock, and eucalyptus so they're ready to be transplanted to our field:

Plus we've got 1700 dahlia tubers on the way! Seriously, we're so excited for you to see what a different local flowers can make in your arrangements and your wedding flowers. And Two Little Buds and Morning Sun Flower Farm are here to prove it to you!

Oh, and never doubt that we're willing to do whatever it takes for our customers, our couples, and our flowers: