Week 25 on the farm. Smart farmer Alice Bagley (City Commons CSA) once told me that if you had all your planting in by July 4, you're in good shape. Then, that feat seemed impossible! Now, I'm happy to say we are on track for that milestone, thanks to the hard work of crew members Bianca, Maxine, and Shelbie, and Sarah.
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.
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!
I really like writing occasional updates on Field to Vase:
...For some, unmowed lots symbolize unlived in spaces. The absence of humans. Loss of sight lines that make walking more dangerous. Disinvestment by the city, or by your neighbors, or by your grandparents who moved off the block fifty years ago. Conversely, mowed lots can be a heroic act of care by neighbors, or a long fought for indication that the city government hasn’t forgotten you and your street.
At the same time, in the same breath, that unmowed lot blooms with wild brassicas, then crabapples, then clovers, then a couple varieties of mystery vetch, then wild sweet peas, then yarrow, then chicory and Queen Anne’s Lace. Lots that used to have homes have lush patches of muscari, and complicated roses, and volunteer mullein. It’s beautiful and buzzing with pollinators and baby rabbits and nesting pheasants....
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.
It's on sale now, and spots are limited. Click above to order.