Our Flower CSA is back for the 2022 season, with improvements and new member benefits that will make this the best time yet to join us for a season of local flowers! If these past couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that we thrive or wither by the strength of our community, so the focus of this year’s CSA (besides bumper crops of gorgeous flowers, of course) is to build strong relationships between our farm and CSA members – through farmer-led tours, on-farm events, and flower education.
What is Flower CSA and how does it work?
Flower CSA members pre-pay for their flowers in advance of the growing season, which in turn helps our farm shoulder the early season expenses of growing at a time when farm revenues are low (these costs include things like seeds, greenhouse heat, etc.) CSA members receive a unique code to be used to pre-order flowers online (for pickup at our Hillsdale Flower Shop), and also a swipe-able card to be used for in-person flower shopping at our Hillsdale shop. To thank you for your support, we’re offering CSA members special benefits like members-only farm tours, a free pass to one of our new on-farm flower forums, and discounts on gardening and floral design workshops!
Happening around the Farm in January…
Those bountiful CSA flowers are already well on their way! Our crew has been working hard planting, seeding, and preparing all winter. Ranunculus were started from corms in the propagation house in early December and have just now put on enough root mass to be planted out this coming week. Sweet peas? Seeded in November and carefully watched and watered as they put on cool-season growth and get big enough for planting out soon. Those gorgeous, July-blooming lisianthus that we all love were started from seed last week – yes, 7 long months from seed to flower! And, most labor-of-love intense of all are the dahlias, which will have several hundred hours put into them by the time they’re all divided for planting.