The First Week of October
We have been at this cut flower business for 9 seasons. Normally by the first week of October we are usually done with marketing our flowers at the Farmers' Market. Since we are primarily a field grown grower, the Autumn weather of cool temps and rain would finally put an end to our business for the season. But this year, due to unseasonable warm and dryer weather and season extending hoop houses we are able to go a couple of more times in October to the Farmers' Market. In fact we will attend a record number of Saturday markets this year. We have had a few tense nights this past week with close to freezing temperatures and Fall rains are predicted to come later in the week, we hope to squeak out a couple more markets for this season. Here are some of the flowers we have had to offer to the Fall markets.
Here are few photos of our late flowers in the field. They are growing in Farmer Tony's no-till field. Although they are producing flowers, they are not producing as vigorous as we had hoped. We had the soil tested and although there is some good news, there is still more that needs to be done to improve the soil. Farmer Tony will share more on that on a future blog about this year's no-till experiment.
I hate to see nice flowers go to waste, so after we share them, place them all over the house, I try to dry some of them for permanent arrangements. The rest finally are composted for the improvement of the soil for new flowers next year. Here are some permanent arrangements from our dried flowers.
Hope you all having a wonderful Fall!