SFF flowers for sale Fri. April 25th

We are very excited that Spring Forth Farm will be setting up a flower stand at the Last Friday Art Walks in Hillsborough. The first one is this Friday, April 25th, starting at 6PM.

Buckets of Spring Forth Farm flowers ready for arranging for the Last Friday Art Walk in Hillsborough on April 25th.
Buckets of Spring Forth Farm flowers ready for arranging for the Last Friday Art Walk in Hillsborough on April 25th.

We grew up in Hillsborough and have many fond memories of attending Last Fridays, which started around the time we were in high school.

For our stand, we wanted something different and more interesting than just a table. We found this wheelbarrow, which we are turning into our flower stand.

We will load this with flowers for an old-fashioned flower stand look that we think will fit right into historic Hillsborough. Please come out, say hello, and take home a beautiful bouquet!

1st Market: Success!

Here are some photos from our first market selling Spring Forth Farm flowers at a market on the UNC campus. The market was a huge success, and we sold every bouquet and every tulip we brought!

Next week, on April 25th, we will be setting up our flower stand from 6PM-9PM at the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Hillsborough.

Spring Forth Farm flower stand at FLO/CDS spring 2014 market at UNC.
Spring Forth Farm flower stand at FLO/CDS spring 2014 market at UNC. 

We started with a full stand.

Spring Forth Farm bouquets for sale at the 2014 FLO/CDS spring market at UNC.
Spring Forth Farm bouquets for sale.
Tulips.
Tulips.
Selling a bouquet at the 2014 FLO/CDS market at UNC. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Selling a bouquet at the 2014 FLO/CDS market at UNC. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Our bouquets and tulips were a big hit with students and faculty.
Jonathan talking to a customer. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Jonathan talking to a customer. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
A Spring Forth Farm bouquet.
A Spring Forth Farm bouquet.
Our poppies were a big hit. These are Icelandic poppies “Red Sails.”
Spring Forth Farm poppies.
Spring Forth Farm poppies.
We sold out! At the end, we had only three unopened tulips left, but they too were snapped up before the market ended, a perfect end-of-semester and Easter gift for mom.
Almost sold out: Only three tulip buds left in the bucket.
Almost sold out: Only three tulip buds left in the bucket.

Don’t miss the next chance to buy Spring Forth Farm’s seasonal flowers, April 25th at the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Hillsborough starting at 6PM.

First chance to buy SFF flowers!

Spring Forth Farm will join several other local farms at a market hosted by UNC students at The Pit on Thursday, April 17 from 10AM-2PM.

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French tulips and Icelandic poppies “Red Sails.”

We will have beautiful spring bouquets featuring our French tulips and poppies. Here they are in buckets, safe from the rain, wind, and frost this cold April week. Come pick up a piece of spring sunshine. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.

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A bucket of French tulips for the FLO/CDS farmers market at UNC on 4/17 from 10AM-2PM.

A Bittersweet Beginning

Have you ever traveled 300 miles to spend the weekend digging over 100 perennial flowers in the mud?  Well there is a first time for everything.  On Friday March 28th, Jonathan and I celebrated his 31st birthday and the beginning of my spring break from teaching by driving to southern Maryland do just this.  The forecast was mid 40’s and half an inch of rain over the course of the day.  Believe it or not, we ended up lucky.

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Jonathan digging peonies

It drizzled nonstop the whole time but started rain buckets just as we were leaving.  We actually had a wonderful time together covered head to toe in mud and actively digging up the beginnings of Spring Forth Farm.  There was sadness in the trip too.  The reason Farmhouse Flowers sold us their perennials is because they are going out of business.  It is bittersweet to take from one small farm ending to begin another small farm.  We wish Dave Dowling all the best as he starts a new chapter in his life and we give thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the generosity he showed us as young flower farmers.

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Literally overflowing with plants

We packed the truck to the brim with our hydrangeas, peonies, sedums, foxtail lilies, mountain mint, gooseneck loosetrife, pussy willows, curly willows, and more.   We made it home to Hurdle Mills, NC and unloaded them into our bountiful supply of straw!

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Limelight Hydrangeas waiting to be planted

We spent the day yesterday building two beds by hand to plant everything in.  We finished planting just as the sun was setting.  It was a successful trip.

Planting Peonies
Planting Peonies

Thanks again to Farmhouse Flowers and good luck on the next adventure!  Stay tuned throughout the summer for more photos of our perennials in bloom.