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Celebrate Field to Vase: Local farmers add flowers to their fields

Celebrate Field to Vase: Local farmers add flowers to their fields

Bringing flowers into the home is one of the joys of a gardener. And now it is for everyone, with more of the local farmers branching out with bunches of gorgeous grown flowers. It is a reminder that there is homegrown beauty that feeds to the soul.

Along the same lines of slow foods, there is an appreciation for slow flowers; seasonally and sustainably grown and close to home.

“Clearly, we’re experiencing a new normal marketplace in which consumers are highly conscious of the origins of the goods they purchase, and this is more evident in the floral industry than ever before,” said Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and initiator of American Flowers Week, June 28th through July 4th.

Flowers are really so beautiful to attract pollinators, but we fall for them, too!

I love flowers! Maybe it was my grandfather’s dahlias that were bigger than my head on his farm in central Ohio or why my garden allotment at the Univ. of Kansas was mostly flowers. I dream of being a flower farmer and encourage anyone that is growing, because simply, we need more local grown flowers!

Good news! More of the local farmers are adding some flowers to their fields and these Texas blooms have recently popped up at farmers markets.

 

Go ahead a buy a bunch of cut flowers this weekend from these flower farmers:(some of the ol timers may not want to be known as flower farmers, but I am just planting the seed that flowers are a viable market).

Baugh Farms Marla Baugh loves to grow flowers and has them for sell at the McKinney Farmers Market. She arranges them in jar vases and has a table full of summer blooms for you to pick up for the week.  Just wish there were more to send with Baugh Farms to all the farmers markets for more to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Cardo’s Sprout FarmRick “Cardo” Orndoff is also sprouting some beautiful bright zinnias. He wraps the stems in moist papers, because shoppers at the Coppell Farmers Market run into friends and stay awhile to enjoy the morning.

 

 

 

 

Fresh Pasture FarmSheldon Heatwold gave up a few rows to his daughter to grow some flowers that she carefully choose the seeds from catalog pictures. She neatly cuts and arranges a variety to sell at her father’s booth at the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturdays.

 

 

Thirsty FarmJonathan started growing gladiolus from corms in 2016, but the florist he was selling to bought them all! This year he planted 2500 corms to grow enough to open a booth at the Dallas Farmers Market.  Very fresh, just picked single stems for sale for a few more weeks. He will also have some other flowers into the summer.

Market Provisions Co. at the Dallas Farmers Market represents Paul Quinn College We Over Me Farm’s edible flowers including flowers from greens, nasturtiums and squash blossoms. They also sell the lavender flowers from Musgrove Farm which are now in-season.

 

Paul Quinn College We over Me Farm – James Hunter, farm manager, and students sell a variety of edible flowers, including squash blossoms grown at the football field turn farm at the Good Local Market at Paul Quinn College on Thursdays.

 

 

Please celebrate this weekend with these Texas grown beauties and start the habit of adding a bunch of flowers to your farmers market shopping bag!  Besides, they make for great Instagram photos (#justpickedtx) and will increase flower farmers in North Texas.

How to care for just picked flowers:

  1. Flowers need to stay cool and stems moist, so get them in A/C as soon as you can.
  2. Make sure to use a clean vase or jar filled with water to cover stems.
  3. Remove any leaves that are under water as they will start to spoil the water.
  4. Change water out everyday and they should last well over a week, unlike grocery store bouquets that travel around the world to the store.
  5. Enjoy!

No flowers were hurt in this post, but some flower growers may have been missed.  Add in comments below any flower farmers growing and selling in Texas and I will get them included on this post!

Additional Texas Flower Farmers:

Cardo’s Farm Project – Amanda Austin grew ranunculus this spring with several weeks of pick-your-own on the farm in Denton. You can imagine my excitement when Amanda showed up at the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) workshop in Fort Worth declaring that she was switching out fields of greens for spring flowers!

Meems’ Garden – Melinda Studinka, A member of the ASCFG and grows in Van, Texas.  Sells at the Rose City Market in Tyler, TX.

Prickly Pair Farm – Mike Mulligan, Growing in Lampasas, Tx and Sells at the Texas Farmers Market in Austin.

Texas Specialty Cut Flowers – Frank and Pamela Arnonsky, Long time growers and mentors, Member of ASCFG, Farm Store and Wholesale