Saturday, Jan. 26th will be our first day back to the farmers market in 2019. It's also our first time offering our organic pastured raised pork for sale. We raised two heritage pigs called "gloucestershire old spots (GOS)" last year on the farm. The GOS pigs are our favorite breed with their gentle personalities, hardiness, good foraging, and most importantly delicious meat! We fell in love with this breed on a trip to England, where they were originally developed back in the 1800's. They are affectionately know as an "orchard pig" and were selected as excellent foragers and grazers. These pigs are thrifty, able to make a living from pasture and agricultural by products, such as whey from cheese making, windfall apples in orchards, and the residue from pressing cider. And that is exactly what they gleaned from our farm their whole life!
The higher fat content of this pork keeps it succulent and juicy during cooking and you won't regret the rich flavor this imparts too. We hope you'll stop by market and pick up a cut or more to try...and yes we will have bacon!!
Other offerings for market include some cured shallots and garlic and dried flower bouquets and earrings! We didn't realize how many dried flowers we had tucked away for winter crafting and surprised ourselves with quite a few market bouquets. Pick one up to keep your vase happy, and home colorful, until the fresh ones come back this spring as tulips, daffodils, anemones, and ranunculus!
As much as we spend our time marketing our flowers to adults, I'm often reminded how much kids appreciate them too. At every market, so many kids are drawn into our booth to admire the blooms. They are often the ones who will pick out a bouquet to take home with their family. Sometimes as a gift for a loved one, friend, or just for themselves! It is always so much fun to experience the joy of flowers through the eyes and heart of a young one.
The Brunner kids have recently cultivated a new appreciation for living on a flower farm. Now old enough to pick and and arrange their own bouquets, they are eager to contribute their floral creations to our market booth. With so many blooms currently in abundance, we are happy to allow them the extra material to play and create! Look for their special youthful arrangements every week at the market and help support and encourage their efforts!
NEW THIS WEEK - DAHLIAS!
We have some new varieties this year and they are coming on strong.
Florists/Designers/Bridal: We invite you to call us and make an appointment to walk our fields with us and pick out your choice flowers.
The flowers have been loving all the wonderful sunshine falling on the farm this past week, encouraging lots more growth and some new blooms! This week's highlights include some varieties of ornamental grasses. Dahlias coming soon...!
Florists are welcome to contact us via email or text to inquire about wholesale orders. Pick up from the farm or we can deliver locally (minimum order required).
Bunny Tail Grass- soft as velvet (or well, a bunny tail!), 6-10" stem. Graceful grey-green blades with elongated heads that turn a delicate cream color and soften as they age
Feather Top Grass- Large, creamy-white, fluffy plumes look like they are dancing atop the thin green stems. Combines with nearly everything and adds lightness to any arrangement. This is first cut with 6-10" stems
Cosmos "violet" Double Click- 2-3" fully and semidouble bicolor flowers on strong stems. Blooms vary in their proportion of purple to white, creating the pleasant effect of a bicolor mix. Flower colors range from eggplant-purple with a contrasting bright-white background to soft-and-creamy white with a blush of lavender
Cosmos "Fizzy White"- Large 2 1/2-4" pure white blooms. A semi-double or double flower appearance is achieved by Fizzy White's overlapping petals and tufted centers. The petals have lovely, fine pleats and zigzag edges, reminiscent of crisply-pressed -and pinked linens.
Larkspur "Dark Blue"- Tall spires of dense florets. Indigo-blue double blooms with a small percentage of singles. 1 1/2-1 3/4" florets on 9-12" flower spikes
Larkspur "White" - Tall spires of dense florets. Snow white double blooms with a small percentage of singles. 1 1/2-1 3/4" florets on 9-12" flower spikes
Bells of Ireland - Add fresh, bright-green color and texture to mixed bouquets. Long stems covered with bright apple-green, bell-shaped, 2" calyxes centered with tiny, white blooms. Use as a spike or filler flower. Excellent in dried arrangements too. Blooms have a lovely, sour-apple scent!
Purple Verbena - Multiple, long, thin stems topped with clusters of 2" heads packed with tiny flowers. Excellent filler.
Calling all florists! Our summer bounty has begun and we have bunches available for wholesale. Below you will find field photos of what's available.
If interested please respond via email for a price list and the number of bunches you wish to purchase. We will be making florist deliveries Tuesday 6/26 so orders must be placed by end of day Monday, 6/25. Payment will be processed upon drop off.
We made a big push last week to prep our beds as much as we could before the big "rainageddon" was predicted to strike the north coast. We tilled, hilled, amended, broad forked, laid irrigation, and covered as much as we could. Then we held our breath in hopes that it wouldn't all wash away...and very little rain fell at all. Sooo, this week, we planted!
Several varieties from our first sowing of the year are all tucked into our well prepped beds and its a satisfying sight. Probably the earliest we've ever gotten so many seedlings out. Hoping for calmer weather from here on out.
Today's transplants included:
Bells of Ireland, Dill, Larkspur, White Bishops Lace, Phlox, Stock, Statice, Scabiosa, Zinnias, Cosmos, Snapdragons, Strawflower, and several grasses!
Our Flower enterprise, Floravore Designs, is in full spring bloom and we have an abundance of flowers.
However, due to the stormy weather predicted, we can't bring them to market this weekend. So we want to bring them directly to YOU (or your loved one). This is a limited one time (or more if its goes well!) offer.
We are currently making beautiful bouquets and they need homes. Place an order and we will HAND DELIVER your flowers to a recipient of your choice. Decorate your home or office or send flowers to someone who needs it! Limited amount of bouquets, so order fast.
*Delivery in city limits of Eureka, Arcata, Blue Lake, and McKinleyville/Fieldbrook area only*
Bouquets will consist of a mixed variety of our current flowers and are not customizable.
Delivery on Friday April 6th or Saturday April 7th ONLY
Directions to order:
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$12/bouquet for 3 or more delivered to same location
If a gift, include your custom message with order
You will receive an order confirmation from Paypal. You do not need an account to make a payment.
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Many thanks from Sarah and Emily of Floravore Designs!
We had spring for winter and now we have winter for spring. Even with the persistent rain, we cannot ignore that our days have gotten longer and the promise of this next season's fertility blossoms around every corner of the farm. Fruit trees budding, spring corms blooming, baby goats bounding...have we mentioned the baby goats?! Blog on them to come :)
Moral of the story is, spring has sprung and the flowers are a bloomin' !!! We are pulling gorgeous ranunculus and anemones out of the field daily right now. Below you will find a selection of what our field has to offer this time of year. Feel free to subscribe to updates or direct email us for a price list. Sold in single and mixed bunches.
We have found the Icelandic poppy to be a tricky flower to grow, but the effort is proving well worth it! These whimsical beauties are coming on strong now and we can barely keep up with picking. They are so fun to watch grow. The flowers grow straight up, hidden inside pods on long stems. It seems to take forever for them to crack open the pod just slightly, but then, turn your back for a minute, and "pop!" they bust out of the pod and unfurl into an enchanting big papery peddled flower that glows in the sunlight.