FARM TOUR Tuesday, Sept 4th, 6 p.m. $25 includes tour, bouquet, and seeds.

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CSA bouquets this week

Thought we’d try one more Farm Tour while it’s nice and HOT and DRY! We love our farm every season but dahlia season is extra special! Farm tours are a great way to see the farm in action and there’s so much going on in high summer. We will start the tour at the Homeplace (399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, 37617) where Roy will share a bit about the old farm including stories from the Civil War times when the Homeplace was being built, then we’ll tour the  dahlia beds and cut flowers for your ball jar bouquets. We’ll pop into the hoop house next to see what’s left blooming, then on to Aunt Willie’s, the chicken coop/flower studio, and all the flower and perennial beds – talking flowers and farm the whole time. Cost is $25 and includes tour, a ball jar bouquet, and a packet of seeds from Erin Benzakein of Floret!

Prepayment not required – you can pay when you come Tuesday, September 4 (cash or check only) Please e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com or text at 423-367-0361 to check availability as most tours fill up (Limit 25 participants). Bring a pair of hand nippers if you have and dress for a run down old farm.

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Fall workshop crowd

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Chicken coop/flower studio

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Love late season bloomers

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Talking nuts and bolts 

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Farm Tour, Tues. Aug 14, 6:30 p.m. $25 Bouquet and Free Seeds

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Katies Late July bouquet

We love our farm every season but dahlia season is extra special! Farm tours are a great way to see the farm in action and there’s so much going on in high summer. We will start the tour this Tuesday evening at the Homeplace (399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, 37617) where we will share a bit about the old farm including stories from the Civil War times when the Homeplace was being built, then we’ll tour the dahlia beds and cut a stem of two for your ball jar bouquet. We’ll pop into the hoop house next to see what’s left blooming, then on to Aunt Willie’s house, the chicken coop/flower studio,  and all the flower and perennial beds – talking flowers and farm the whole time. We’ll have jars ready for you with foliage and several blooms, but you can nip a few dahlias to add to your bouquet. Cost is $25 and includes tour, a ball jar bouquet, and a packet of seeds from Erin Benzakein of Floret! Tour will meet rain or shine so bring an umbrella if rain looks imminent but forecast says sunny!

Prepayment not required so you can pay when you come this Tuesday, August 14 (cash or check only). Please e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com or text at 423-367-0361 to check availability as most tours fill up. (Limit 30 participants). Bring a pair of hand nippers if you have and dress for a run down old farm.

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Kristin and a sunny armful of Maarn dahlias

 

 

Late Summer 6-Week CSA (Aug 4-Sept 8)

Just made this one today

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CSA bouquets

First of all, we want to thank each of you so much who participated in this year’s spring/early summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)! It was a joy to be able to bring flowers into your homes and offices and use the bounty of the farm. It wouldn’t have been possible without you and we appreciate it very much.

Secondly, we are excited to announce a second CSA!  The Late Summer CSA will run for 6 weeks, beginning THIS Saturday August 4, and ending Saturday, September 8. We are limiting our bouquet shares to 20 people as Anna will be starting Emmanuel Christian Seminary soon. The cost will be about $16 a week, totally $100 for the 6-week share. We have lisianthus that will be blooming for the next few weeks, lots of limelight and tardiva hydrangea, zinnias, black eyed Susans, and the dahlias

Lisianthus are spectacular this year!

This one is Corelli Light Pink

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Love late season bloomers

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will continue throughout the season. You can also keep your eye out for other fall bloomers coming soon. Again, our delightful farm intern, Anna McKay, will be managing the CSA details. We’re so pleased to again be partnering with always-fun-to-visit Reclaimed Inspired Goods in Johnson City who will serve as our pick-up point. Bouquets may be picked up Saturdays during business hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reclaimed or here at the farm. If for some reason, you cannot get your bouquet, you can gift that bouquet to a friend who can pick up in your place. Flower shares are limited so act quickly!

 If you are interested in participating, please email Anna at anna.mckay94@gmail.com or call or text her at 315-297-6493 for payment details and to check availability (you’ll be sending check to Anna). Payment is non-refundable and total payment should be received to reserve your 6-week flower share. Since this is such short notice for getting a check in, if you confirm with Anna and your check is in the mail before Saturday August 4, you will be all set.

CSA Bouquets

 

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Ahhh, dahlias

So, we hope you will join us and support local blooms! And thank you for the many ways you support our little farm adventure!

 And here’s Katie’s bridal bouquet from this past Saturday. We’re still doing weddings at least for this summer.  More about that later.

 

So long from me and Roy and our sweet grandsons, Keller and Jackson.

2018 CSA May 19-July 21

Why give the gift of one bouquet for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day when you can give the gift of 10 weeks of beautiful flowers, grown right here on our sixth generation farm in East Tennessee? This year we are offering another 10 week flower share running from May 19-July 21. Each week, hand tied bouquets will be available for pickup in Johnson City at the must-visit Reclaimed Inspired Goods during their Saturday business hours (10-4) or at the farm Friday evening.

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Grandson Jackson enjoying summer bouquets at Reclaimed

Flower shares provide a unique opportunity to gift someone with beautiful, locally grown and arranged flowers, bringing a bit of our farm into your home or office each week. Changing from wild, light spring bouquets to bright, fuller summer bouquets, your hand-tied bouquet will reflect the changing flowers of each season.

A CSA customer from last season remarked, “This is why I value CSAs. They keep old farms vital and preserve both heritage and landscape, not to mention community”. Our CSA has afforded us the means to hire on and keep a favorite farm worker Anna McKay who manages the CSA,  allowing for the continued sustainable maintenance of a farm that has been in the family for over 200 years. We hope you choose to take part in our growing CSA operation and gift a share to yourself or someone you love, thereby supporting the continued mission of our farm.

If you are gifting a CSA Share for a holiday or another special occassion, we can provide a lovely card explaining your thoughtful gift. Just let Anna know and she’ll have a card ready to be picked up at Reclaimed or mailed.

If you are interested in a share, please email Anna at anna.mckay94@gmail.com or call or text 315-297-6493 to get on our list and for payment details. The Bouquet Share is $15/week for 10 weeks for a $150 total which allows us to provide a bouquet perfect for your home or office. Payment is non-refundable and full payment must be received to reserve your 10 week flower share. This info is also on the website 2018 CSA Bouquet Shares

If for some reason, you cannot get your bouquet, you can gift that bouquet to a friend who can pick up in your place. Flower shares are limited so act quickly! Last year  both CSAs sold out. And just since we posted on social media this weekend we have already sold over half our shares. We are planting seeds now and would like a gauge of how many of these crazy little fellers we need to plant!

Transplanting more of these oh-so-good smelling sweet peas into the hoop house today!

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Here’re some more CSA bouquets from last year

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Bright Lights of June ready and waiting at Reclaimed! Toes and photo by Anna Hedges Photography

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In July bouquets just make me happy

 

Lisianthus! A fitting end to the first Flower Share season

Visit to Daytime TriCities

Click on the link below to see the clip from Daytime this past Monday. Always fun to visit! Still spots if you’d like to join us tomorrow, Saturday, for our Beauty of Winter Gathering! Gonna be a beautiful day! Call or text 423-367-0361.

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And because things are just prettier with flowers, here’s a picture of Lauren and William’s wedding at the always lovely Storybrook Farm this past August captured perfectly by Anna Hedges Photography! Reminds us Summer will really come and will be worth the wait!  We are just about full for summer weddings and again I’m amazed at how many lovely young bride’s to be there are in the TriCities!

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Beauty of Winter Saturday, January 20, 2-4 p.m. $35

A quick note. I’ll be on Daytime TriCities this morning WJHL at 11 a.m. (Monday). If you’re free please join us!

I appreciate the slower pace that winter brings to our farm and appreciate also having time time to wander through the fields and rolling pastures. This winter for some reason I’m kind of obsessed with gathering weeds while I wander and creating wild and wooly bouquets, table pieces, and wreaths.  Perhaps someone else who might not have the pleasure of owning a farm would like to come and wander with me and create a wild masterpiece along the way.

So, this Saturday, January 20th, from 2 to about 4 p.m. we’re inviting you to do just that.  The high is forecast to be 53° with 0% chance of rain which should be ideal.  Bring a vase or container of your choosing for a table piece,  create a wreath with gathered vines, or shape a bouquet and tie with ribbon.  Cost for the afternoon is $35 and because the turnaround time is short, no need to prepay. Please email auntwillies@gmail.com, or call or text 423-367-0361 by Thursday to check availability and reserve your spot.

 

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Bring nippers if you have them and work gloves for something prickly. You will need to be able to walk the fields so please wear clothing that will allow that, including sturdy shoes or boots. We’ll begin at Aunt Willie’s house (207 Bruce Doan Rd, corner of Bruce Doan and Bondtown) and after we walk the fields there, we’ll likely drive to the Homeplace but there’re no enforcable rules for this one.

We look forward to spending some time with you and sharing the special beauty that graces  our farm in the stillness of winter.

 

Final Fall Fling! Bouquet Workshop Saturday and Farm Tour Sunday.

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Lauren was one of our 3 beautiful brides last weekend. Photo by Evergreen Film Co.

Well, it’s been a wonderful growing season here in East Tennessee. Rain and cool temps kept the dahlias happy and when the dahlias are happy, we’re happy. Such wonderful brides we’ve worked with this summer and last wedding was picked up today! We’re ready for the season to wind down as we’re older than dirt and can’t keep the pace we once did, but can’t quite give up either. So, we’ve added two last minute flower events for this weekend.

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We love everything about Reclaimed Inspired Goods! They’re the unique little shop in downtown Johnson City that served as our CSA bouquet pick up this summer. They’ve invited me to do a hand-tied bouquet workshop this Saturday and I’m excited about it. The first time slot is filled, but there are openings at 2:30 p.m. and the cost is $75. You’ll get to play with our flowers and wonderful fall foliage and then tie with lots of pretty fall ribbon. If you’re interested, call Reclaimed at 423.328.9474 by noon tomorrow, Friday,  to register.

IMG_2770And finally, we’ve added one more Farm Tour while the temps are warm and the air is clear. We’ll meet at the Homeplace (399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, TN 371617) at 3 p.m. Sunday. If you’re interested, please call or text 423.367.0361 to reserve your spot. Cost is $20, cash or check, and includes a ball jar bouquet of pretty foliages and a few hanging-on flowers that you will make as we tour! No need to prepay as this is very last minute. Bring nippers if you have them.

So, if you’re able, join me Saturday at Reclaimed Inspired Goods or Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Homeplace. If you don’t come to either event, please get out and enjoy this beautiful weather!  It can’t last forever!!

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Well, and what’s a blog post from me without my favorite boys :)

 

Press News and Late Summer 6-Week CSA

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So excited to see the beautiful 6-page spread about our farm and fall workshop in the well-crafted Summer 2017 issue of Southern Farm & Garden magazine. We just got our copy from Barnes and Noble in Johnson City! Special thanks to Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers  for writing so beautifully this piece! We are constantly reminded just how fortunate we are to have all that goes with this 200 acre farm nestled in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee.

And, on another now, we want to thank each of you so much who participated in this spring/early summer CSA! It was a joy to be able to bring flowers into your homes and offices and use the bounty of the farm. It wouldn’t have been possible without you and we appreciate it very much.

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four of last week’s CSA bouquets

So,  we are excited to announce a second CSA this season! The season will run for 6 weeks, beginning Saturday August 5, and ending Saturday September 9. The cost will still be $15 a week, totally $90 for the 6-week share. We have lisianthus that will be blooming for the next three weeks or so, lots of limelight and tardiva hydrangea, zinnias, black eyed Susans,

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and the dahlias will continue throughout the season. You can also keep your eye out for other fall bloomers coming soon. Again, our delightful farm intern, Anna McKay, will be managing the CSA details.We’re so pleased to again be partnering with always-fun-to-visit Reclaimed Inspired Goods in Johnson City who will serve as our pick-up point. Bouquets may be picked up Saturdays during business hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reclaimed. If for some reason, you cannot get your bouquet, you can gift that bouquet to a friend who can pick up in your place. Flower shares are limited so act quickly!

If you are interested in participating, please email Anna at anna.mckay94@gmail.com or call or text her at 315-297-6493 for payment details (you’ll be sending check to Anna). Payment is non-refundable and total payment should be received to reserve your 6-week flower share. Since next week is short notice for getting a check in, if you confirm with Anna that it is in the mail before Saturday August 5, you will be all set.

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lisianthus and suns we cut yesterday!

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and always dahlias galore!

So, we hope you will join us and support local blooms! And thank you for the many ways you support our little farm adventure!

What’s Happening at the Farm

Well, we’re keeping pretty busy out here in the country. Weddings are off and running and once again we think we have the sweetest brides in the TriCities. Love this pic taken by ALM Photo of Alix’s bouquet from our first wedding of the season.

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Our first ever Flower CSA sold out quickly and we’re enjoying creating bouquets each week that are picked up Saturdays at my favorite store, Reclaimed Inspired Goods in Johnson City.

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CSA bouquets ready and waiting

We have a Farm Tour scheduled for this Sunday,  June 25 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Click here for more details and to reserve a spot. Roy will be telling Civil War stories and we’ll visit all the run down old buildings and flower beds.

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photo by Mark Peacock

 

And we’ve added a Centerpiece Workshop July 15th that includes a bucket of flowers to take home. A percentage of the profits from this workshop will go to benefit the Mid South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Kingsport. (these 2 photos by the talented Anna Hedges)

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Finally,  I’ll be on Daytime TriCities this morning, Monday, June 20th at 10 a.m. WJHL

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Always fun on Daytime

Soooo, I guess you could say we’re keeping busy. Would love to have you join us for the Farm Tour or Centerpiece Workshop. Life is busy with flowers and farm but still love time we get to spend with our grandsons. Keller is 5 and Jackson is 2 and we’re so thankful they seem to love the farm too.  Well, and Roy just happens to be the best Granddad around these parts.

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So many blessings we can’t keep count. Thank you all for sharing our love of flowers and all things farm. You add richness to our lives.

Bird’s Nest and Spring Bouquet Workshop $55, Saturday, March 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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Birds’s Nest Flower Farmer Style!

Our little farm is waking up early from its winter’s nap. Daffodils are blooming down by the chicken coop and we’ve cut our first anemone in the hoop house. A few ranunculus are in bud, pussy willow and curly willow are already cut and stored, and several thousand seedlings are sprouting in trays. So, while we still have a little time to breathe thought we’d share a bit of our farm and our early blooms with those who might like to visit. Saturday March 18th (please note date change if you watched Daytime TriCities :)  we’ll gather at the Homeplace where each will create a Bird’s Nest centerpiece that will keep all Spring and beyond and then a fresh Spring bouquet. All materials, including moss from the old road bed, dried and fresh flowers, and an assortment of things found in our fields and woodlands will be available as we assemble a flower farmer’s version of a bird’s nest and bouquet. We’re also saving two spots for single moms at no charge. So if you know a single mom, why not offer to keep her kiddos so she can have a free morning at the farm!

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Daffodils have arrived early. . . daffodils

Spring branches are opening . . . maybe even wild peach by then

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and lenten roses and anemone will join us for sure!

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And of course light refreshments will be shared.

If interested, please call or text Linda at 423-367-0361 to check availability, or e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com. Nonrefundable $55 registration fee must be prepaid. Checks sent to 385 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, TN 37617. Minimum 7 and maximum 12 participants.

And remember, we’re saving two spots for single moms at no charge!