Month: July 2016

Meet Olivia

This is Olivia. She foolishly agreed to help two people, with a wild dream and a kid in tow, grow flowers and vegetables on a half acre this summer.  And let me tell you, we lucked out with Olivia. She has treated this farm as if it were her own dream and has put equal, if not more, blood, sweat, and tears into this windy little hilltop. She is willing to come at absurd hours in the morning to weed, harvest, make bouquets, listen to me talk way too loudly and with too many dramatic arm movements, deliver our subscription bouquets, and the list goes on and on. Anything that needed done this summer, we would turn around to either find Olivia doing it without being asked or realize Olivia had already done it. We meant to brag and tell you about Olivia sooner, but the farm is always yelling at us for attention.  I write this on her last day with us as she has other priorities with fairs and is about to head off …

Some of Us Are Too Cool For the Potty

Our week was filled with thunderstorms, consults for 2017 weddings, catching up with old friends, and negotiating with an almost three year old who refuses to go to the potty. The threats of never getting to ride the mower again if the potty isn’t utilized seems to fall on deaf ears. But we’re hanging in there and enjoying the bounty coming from our windy hilltop.    

How Do We?

How do we do all that we do? How do we grow a 1/2 acre of flowers and vegetables? How do we have time to cook dinner? How do we raise a child? How do we keep harvesting the hundreds of sunflowers when the wholesaler says they don’t want to buy any? How do we even see straight at the end of the day? How do we keep following a path blindly when we don’t know where this path is taking us? How do we do it? It’s a question we’re asked a lot. And for a while our answer was “we don’t”, but as we keep barreling down this path that we’re making for ourselves, the correct answer is becoming more clear: Love. Because, love. We’re able to run a farm, work full-time, raise a child, be crazy, be wild, throw caution to the wind because we are loved. Loved by our families who feed us, care for us, wipe our tears, brush off the dust, and tell us to get back up.   …

Farming and Some Other “F” Words

It has been a whirlwind of activity on our little hilltop the past couple weeks.  Last Friday, Audra taught a flower arranging class for all of our flower subscription members and our brides for this season.  With the help of Old Oaks Vintage Rentals, Audra transformed the Lexington Community Center into a floral masterpiece.  It was a pretty amazing night, and hopefully the first of many endeavors to provide education to our customers, in addition to flowers and food.   The following day we hosted our annual open house.  It was an incredible, humbling experience.  We had people come from all over to see our farm, talk to us about this lifestyle that we’ve chosen, and to buy flowers and vegetables.  Our farm was bustling with activity and energy, and we loved every exhausting second of it.  We had old friends travel from many hours away to see us, we had numerous people who found us through Facebook or through this blog come to meet us.  We even had a fellow grower drive from south …