Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My Summer Job

I have had the idea in the back of my head ever since we moved to this property.
Starting my own flower farm!

When we moved here the back 3 acres were so overgrown with brush, volunteer trees and weeds!

The pipeliner spent a weekend clearing everything out!

This spring we purchased this beauty!

The perfect size for me to operate.

The pipeliner started tilling rows for me to plant.

Now these rows are filled with flowers!

Let me tell you its not as easy as the pictures look!

After planting almost 35 rows of zinnias we had a hard rain!
The soil turned to concrete!
The farmer across the road had the same problem with his cornfield.
He had the use of a rotary hoe to take the crust off his soil.
I tried with my little make shift hoe, a weed edger.
It didn't work so well, and I ended up reseeding the whole thing!

I have been selling bouquets of zinnias and sunflowers at the local farmers market.

The sunflowers are always my favorite.

Along with the flowers I sell my homemade noodles.

I call them Lizzys oodles of noodles!

To this I have added some kind of snickerdoodles.
This past week was snickerdoodle cupcakes.

So we have oodles of noodles & snickerdoodles.
( it is now a running joke with the customers and a good draw to my booth)

The biggest seller of baked goods is this crusty bread.

Asiago & Garlic, Cheddar & Jalapeno

My weeks are pretty busy!
I try to make a batch of noodles everyday.
Friday are baking day, for Saturdays market.

Then there is the upkeep of the gardens.
With all of the rain we have had lately weeding has become an issue and tiresome!

I am not sure where I am taking the whole flower farm thing.
I would like to do a u-pick section next year.
Nothing better than people coming to the farm to pick their own bouquets.
Florist have become quite interested in buying from flower farms.
I may try to market to some of them.
Locally grown flowers are becoming the new trend.

Who wouldn't want a vase full of these beauties delivered to their door?

For now though the Farmers Market keeps me busy enough!

Lots of things to think about this upcoming winter.
I do know this is something I really want to do!

Look for more posts on my new adventure.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016