Month: September 2015

Chugging Along

This past week, our son turned two. I’m still a little baffled how time seems to be moving faster and faster each year. This weekend, we held a birthday party for him and we were overwhelmed with how many of our friends and family came to celebrate our spectacular little boy.  Our living room floor is now sprinkled with new books, race cars, tractors, and electronic devices. Since announcing we are booking weddings and have a flower subscription for 2016, we have booked a couple of weddings, received some subscription sign ups, and have custom orders scheduled for next week. Wait, didn’t you just announce things were wrapping up? Well, sorta. I told multiple family members this weekend that it feels like this train is moving forward with or without us. Just when our garden is winding down, it’s actually still moving full steam ahead. We’re still pulling beautiful flowers out of our field and it’s closer to October than September. Fall is knocking and we’re not quite ready to answer. Our calendula is coming on strong: And …

That’s a Wrap (Sorta)

When we set out for our first year as flower and vegetable farmers, we only had two goals in mind: grow and learn. Little did we know, we’d accomplish about three-babyjezillian other goals in the process (that previous number is sarcastically and cartoonishly large to prove a point). When we first got this crazy idea, we never thought we’d have a farm stand, sell wholesale flowers, or fill custom arrangement orders in our first year. And for that, we are extremely thankful to you, our readers and customers. It’s bittersweet to announce that our farm stand is officially closed for 2015. But here’s the silver lining in that cloud: we are still able to take custom flower orders for a few more weeks. Here’s an even more silver-er lining: We are now reserving spots for our 2016 Flower Subscription service. There are three options in the 12-week subscription service, starting at $16.00/week.  And you even get to attend a free workshop to learn how to arrange your flowers!  Learn more on our flower subscription page. We …

What You Need to Know

This has been another crazy week here on our farm. I did a lot of traveling for photography jobs and for our farm.  So much, that I set a new record of eating McDonalds for lunch three days this week. #winning Here’s what goes on behind a photoshoot our farm: I had a lot of awesome opportunities to talk to people about what we’re doing (in case you’re just joining us, we’re farming 1/10 of an acre in cut flowers and vegetables and are bumping up to 1/2 acre next year) and also got to listen to what others are doing in the local, small-scale farming industry as well. I walked away from this summer with a lot of things to mull over. We’ve only been doing this since March 2015, and I still have so much that I want/need to know, but here are some key things I want you to know about Finding Eminence Farm and about other viable, strong small-scale farms: Farming is back-breaking work. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to …

A Letter of Request

Dear Readers, If you’ve been following our story since the beginning, you know that we had two goals this year: 1. Grow 2. Learn I’m happy to report, that we have done both (*insert self-slap-on-the-back* or sarcastic Tina Fey self-high five). We somehow have propelled to the point where we thought we would be in three years: selling to customers other than our moms, developing a client base, being asked to speak at meetings and conferences, and expanding our growing operation. So with that being said, our farm is still producing goodies in this odd summer/fall weather we’re having, but we don’t have a lot to update you on this week other than we are in a frantic planning stage for 2016. Please stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for information regarding flower and vegetable subscriptions and weddings. Also, be on the lookout for some local and national media coverage about this little farm. I also need to ask a favor of you, dear Reader.  What did you enjoy reading about during our first year? …