Half a year gone by in a flash! I just now realized how busy we have been. It's time to get caught up on all the happenings at Blumenflor.
The "Vortex Freeze" is past us but the results can be seen every where in damaged trees and shrubs. We and our suppliers from Texas lost close to 75% of our stock. We are moving forward and getting in fresh stock for the end of September.
Spring was busy with seeding, planting, getting the garden ready and being there for all the questions our customers had.
Summer is where we are now and what beautiful weather we are having. The extreme heat just isn't here this year.
Our garden is producing very well for our CSA'ers. Every year we figure out how to combat the weeds and stick to organic growing methods. One of our best investments was to plant an orchard of various fruit trees five years ago. The Ranger and Red Haven peaches did very well and the taste of them is beyond anything you can get in a store! We will have fruit trees for sale in the Fall.
The monthly Farmers Market at Blumenflor has been well attended this year. We started in March and now have added Friday nights from 4-8 in addition to the regular Saturday 9-1.
It's still the third Weekend of the month. The community loves the relaxed atmosphere and our unique one of a kind vendors.
Fall is just around the corner and our pumpkins will be coming in the middle of September with hay bales too. Corn stalks and Garden Mums are home grown this year at Blumenflor,
Also the Kale , Pansies and Millet are grown here by yours truly, with a lot of help from our team.
We have had a few workshops mostly on gardening. There is a desire out there to learn how to garden. It is rewarding eating your own home grown produce. We have had so many questions about gardening that you must wonder if it was a lost art and is now making a come back.
Fertilize, soil amendments, insecticides, pesticides etc. is now on our shelves and also the knowledge to help you apply it all either the organic route or in a conventional way.
Being Espoma certified was a big plus for us this year. We love the results we are getting with this organic method of gardening. Of course watching Laura from Garden Answer has been informative... if you haven't watched her , it is worth it!
Being more present online has been a challenge. The website is "homegrown" by me , Alice. It has been a steep learning curve. When you are scrolling on our website, check out the affiliate links or the DIY section. The Social Media, I have passed the baton over to Stacey our Market Manager. Maggie is our online review edit critic... she has spotted many a "boo-boo" and we could timely correct it. She is our Garden Technician and knows her stuff.
Megan our Creative Designer has her hands literally in the dirt everyday. She can transplant like a machine. Oh and the planters she has created are... Gorgeous! Ask her about Indoor plants and you will get the full report, yes she is that "Plant Lady!'
Daniel our youngest team member is a great asset wherever he is put to work. He can pull weeds and get an area into pristine condition. He started off with sweeping the front porch and still does. He is learning in leaps and bounds and growing in horticultural knowledge.
My son has often said I should start a school out here at Blumenflor. I think our customers and moms with kiddos know that we actually teach everyday! The cool part is that our classroom is outside and the learning is all naturally fun. The caterpillar lessons are my favorite! And that's where another special team member comes in, Carmen. Her and Daniel organize all the children projects at the Farmers Markets.
We are blessed here at Blumenflor. We hope you feel that blessing when you walk through our front door and experience a sense of peace here in a world which is a bit chaotic right now.