Spring! Hurray! At last, I am able to get back to the dirt. I do love to plant and dig in the soil, but recently I forced myself to sit down at the computer and create an easier experience for you when shopping at the farm (7765 st hwy 80, Springfield Center, NY).
I am so happy to announce, just in time for Mothers Day, I have both blooms and a new purchasing process.
I had wanted to offer Ranunculus for Mothers Day. My cats and some farmer error has pushed any Ranunculus blooms back into a Fall availability, so come back then.
I do have beautiful tulips and daffodils. I will be selling roadside on Friday afternoon (4pm-6pm) May 7th, Saturday evening (6pm-8pm) May 8th, and Sunday Mothers Day until gone.
This will be my first experience in sales for Rhythm and Blooms Botanicals. To make it easier for everyone I am offering cash options along with Square Pay which includes Apple Pay, G Pay, Visa, mastercard, American Express, Discover. In addition you can pay using my QR Code through Venmo.
Please come out and show your love for Mom while supporting a new, local, flower farmer. If you show up during a quiet moment, ask me to show you the farm plan and I would love to hear about your interests, needs, and thoughts.
Happy Mothers Day!
The freezing temperatures have begun and the garden bed is ready for its winter sleeping. I have hundreds of Dahlia tubers tucked away in the barn and was able to save lettuce seed as well as Calendula seed.
I will be making next year's growing plans in a couple months. If you are interested in having a special planting, be sure to contact me before January. I will need the plant cost as well as labor costs up front, like a CSA only customer specified.
Speaking of CSA, I am thinking about setting up a bouquet, salads, greens and fresh bread subscription. I expect it to be around $25-$30 per week ($360 season cost)
I will be testing a Home Plate service at the road. Dinner recipe with a bag full of fresh local ingredients ready for your quick kitchen preparation.
I also have chicken and duck eggs in limited quantities. Want to be a great French chef? Try duck eggs in your baking.
I planted tulips and peonies and transplanted forsythia and hydrangea. I love Zinna's constant blooms and beautiful colors, but do suffer itching from the stems. I expect to keep the bed smaller next year. I am looking forward to cutting cosmos and ranunculus in many colors next year.
The snapping turtles wiped out a considerable part of my planting this spring, including my Bells of Ireland, which I love. I am believing my little fence will protect the Spring planting on the second time around.
Please stop by and ask all your questions, share your interest in any of the above ideas, wish me success, or bless me with your prayers.
Post your interest in any of the ideas I have shared or add your requests in the comments.
Thank you to all who welcomed me into my new neighborhood. You are very dear to me.
The garden is full of smiling Sunflowers, Zinnias and Dahlias. The bees are in full force enjoying the pollen. I have to admit I am not cutting as usual due to the quantity of bees in the garden. I am not usually fearful of bees, but a couple of weeks ago I was stung repeatedly by a few bees at once. It was scary. Thank God my husband told be to "run".
I was holding the other side of a high tunnel pole we were trying to set up. I felt a very sharp pain and yelled "ow". As more sharp stings kept at me I kept yelling. I did not realize what was causing the pain until I heard my husband yelling instructions to flee the area, that was when i saw the bees swarming around me.
I ran away from the bees all the while thinking, "What makes me think I can run faster than a bee can fly?" When I reached the house I shut myself safely inside, turned around and saw a couple of bees. I turned back to the door and ran outside again. As I was running through the back yard, my husband was instructing me to get the water hose. Just then our Boarder Collie, Really, did her good duty in herding me along and ran directly across my path. I caught myself with my head so hard I felt myself begin to pass-out. All I could think was, "you gotta be kidding me".
My husband ran over with the hose and began spraying me. He asked me if it was ok and I said yes even though the hose had been sitting in the sun all day and the water was very hot. I preferred to be sprayed with the water at any cost by then.
I sat there crying for a moment as the stressful experience was fully understood. Then I began to wonder if being stung by that many bees could cause an allergic reaction. We began slathering me in Drawing Save and calamine lotion. I took an antihistamine, something I have never taken in my life. The pain and itch lasted for over a week. My caution is lasting a bit longer.
Not selling or at least freely sharing my flowers has been a bigger sting. Trying to start a business can be a large task. Trying to start a business during COVID is a confusing task. I wish the flowers were being loved and leaving this garden. I am enjoying them greatly inside and outside my home. I would rather give them away rather than let them sit here. Sunflowers, Zinnia, Dahlias, and Snapdragons; all doing their job in feeding the bees.
Living where you work has its benefits. I don't have to get into a car, fill it with gas, check the tires, brush off the snow (thank God it's summer), dress to inspire, or pack a lunch. What I do need to be particularly aware of is how every farm need, and each and every weed stare me in the face daily. More like every minute.
I am sooo thankful to the Creator, Yahovah, for thinking with great love towards mankind in creating a day of rest. A day of no work especially for us. There are times I struggle to enjoy and honor this precious gift, as the cares of this world can work with great demands on one's mind.
My farm is also a precious gift from the Creator. It is my desire to honor Yahovah with all I have-- heart, mind, soul, strength, and resources. One of Rhythm & Blooms Farm's goals is to be a lifestyle center. I see this property as a place to share all my years of learning, training and experience in holistic nutrition, herbal and natural health care, permaculture for the land, and personal nature bathing. Most importantly is developing spiritual and emotional health through living out the Word of God. This is why every Friday evening at sundown our farm begins a 24-hour time of rest. We use the later afternoon to prepare for our special time. Friday is the day we wind down and tie up little needs to prepare to release the "To Do List" from our minds. The time is also used to prep a very special meal which always (ok, usually) includes freshly baked Challah bread, special salads, and floral raw food cakes. It's also a time to get out of the field, and clean the house. We make sure the items that piled up during the week are distributed to the correct landing space, and the rooms are clean and inviting. It is also a day to dress up and prepare to go to the party.
Saturday is spent resting, lounging, playing, reading. Every week there is a new portion of God's Word call the Parsaha (portion) read by Torah followers around the world. I have placed a link to the weekly schedule at the bottom of this writing. Yeshua, the son of God (Proverbs 30:4) was God's word in flesh. Yeshua said He is written about in the volume of The Book. It's an added joy to look for the revelation of Yeshua in each weekly Portion. The Book of Revelation states the testimony of Yeshua is the spirit of prophesy. The Biblical word is history, teaching and spiritual food for our present needs, and revelation of what is to come.
At our farm we offer a welcoming hand to anyone interested in this lifestyle. Each Friday evening you are invited to join us in the back yard with the smoker and soon-to-come brick oven for Sabbath meal and Torah Portion talks. You can find information on how to connect to this free experience on our Sales Page.
Shabbat Shalom. Wishing you peace on the Sabbath day.
Torah Portion information