Year in Review...

5 Things I'm Proud of from the 2015 Season, and 5 Things I'd Like to Do Differently in the 2016 Season:

5 Things I’m Proud of from the 2015 Season:

(1) Maintaining a base of regular customers who love Fresh Cut.
From 2014 to 2015, I kept about half of my weekly bouquet service customers. I offer two 10-week sessions, and they signed up for both. Getting to know someone as your regular customer is such a unique joy that I didn’t see coming! They appreciate your ongoing work, you appreciate their ongoing support… they even bring your dog treats and rejoice when they find out you’re pregnant! I feel so grateful to my returning customers, and I feel proud that I have grown flowers and made bouquets that they continue to value.

(2) Experimenting with cooperative sales.
This season I collaborated with two other local growers. I bought dahlia tubers, they grew them, I sold and delivered them to a wholesale outlet, and we split the profits. This is the groundwork for a greater network of cooperative growth and sales among Detroit growers. We made it through the first year without any major losses, conflicts, or failures… we’re all raring to try it again next year! We’ll review the numbers together, and decide how to proceed together, and I’m so proud and pleased that we gave it a shot.

Read more over at Field to Vase....

Seasonal Shifts

What a season! 2015 was beautiful. Fresh Cut celebrated more than three times as many weddings with local clients as we did in 2014. We hired our first crew members. We broke new ground. We grew new types of flowers. We experimented with cooperative aggregation & marketing. I incubated a human baby for the first time...

That's right, Fresh Cut Flower Farm is now a family business in a whole new way! Born Thursday, November 19, Asa Hudson is a sweet pea of a boy. Autumn was running temperate in the 60's when we went into labor, and by the time we came home it was snowing hard, and winter had truly arrived. The season shifted, and now I'm happy to report that I'm taking a couple months off from the business to learn how to raise this baby.

  • Reservations for the 2016 Weekly Bouquet Service are up, please place your orders now!
  • If you're inquiring about a 2016 event, please email me with your date, and as many details as you know, and I'll get back to you in the new year.
  • If you're a Detroit business looking for weekly or biweekly flower deliveries, that's great! Expect those services to run from July through October in 2016 and start at $20/week. Email me to get started with that.

Thank you for your interest in our local flower farm. Enjoy the winter, and see you in the new year!

 

Weekly Bouquet Service #2

The second round of Weekly Bouquet Service is going to begin Thursday, August 6! There are still a few spots left so reserve yours here.
 

Check out the loveliness from the first round of weekly bouquets below.

Autumn Begins

What do we have afoot over here at Fresh Cut this time of year?

 

Tilling up new ground:

Local grower and tractor man Jesse came and tilled up a new field for us! Perennials will be in the ground by November.

Local grower and tractor man Jesse came and tilled up a new field for us! Perennials will be in the ground by November.

 

Final Thursday evening Flower Stand Thursday September 25

 

End of Season party, hosted with Acre Farm, Tuesday September 30, at Fresh Cut

 
Color coordinated customer Lish has her bouquets for next spring secured.

Color coordinated customer Lish has her bouquets for next spring secured.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces!

Prototypes in the works, photos coming soon....

Second Round Weekly Bouquet Service

We're about half sold on the second round of the Weekly Bouquet Service, which begins July 24. Sign up here. 

It's really been very nice. Here's a few pictures to give you an idea of what the Thursday evening pick-ups have been like.