Local Flower Deliveries | September 2, 2017

Now that our fields are full of pretty summer flowers, we can make local deliveries–Chapel Hill and Durham only, but we’re hoping to expand into Raleigh soon. If you need a beautiful arrangement of flowers cut straight from the field, give us a call! Flower selection will vary based on what we have growing at the time of the order, but we’ll arrange everything beautifully and deliver in our signature blue pottery. Pricing ranges from $75-$150, and if we aren’t in your delivery area, on-farm pickup is also an option.

Chestnut Pre-orders | September 14, 2016

We are excited to announce that chestnut pre-orders are now available! As we wait for our newly-planted chestnut trees to mature on two of our farms, we currently have chestnuts available from a third farm we are working on (and learning from!).

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We start harvesting soon, and in the meantime we are taking pre-orders. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing our chestnuts; we are expecting to sell out of this first harvest.

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Of course, one of the most traditional ways to cook chestnut is to roast them! Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and set chestnuts on a cutting board, flat side down. Cut an “x” into each one, which allows steam to escape as they are cooking. Place the chestnuts in a foil-lined pan with the “x” facing up, and cook for 20-25 minutes. Peel while still warm and enjoy!

Flower Power | August 12, 2016

A few months ago I experimented with soil blocking to see if it would be an effective method for starting our flower seeds. It was extremely successful, and over 1,000 zinnia and celosia seeds germinated quickly.

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With the farm under construction, it was challenging to find a spot for a few flower beds. However, once the seedlings were ready to be planted, I managed to squeeze in a temporary location so that I’d have summer and fall blooms this year. I’m really looking forward to having the farm’s infrastructure in place, and finally having the proper space for our flower fields and farm equipment! I’ve been happily pouring over seed catalogues and placing orders; a few thousand tulip bulbs will soon be heading our way to place in the permanent beds this fall.

Transplant shock in the current beds was minimal (one of the many benefits of soil blocking). We just prepped the beds, laid down the landscape fabric for weed control, and carefully planted the seedlings. They grew quickly, and we’ve just harvested our first blooms.

Here are the plants about a month after transplanting:

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And now the flowers are a butterfly paradise!

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We couldn’t resist gathering some of the flowers and creating a few beautiful arrangements.

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And here are the final results! Such pretty, summery mixes, using only flowers and greenery from our farm:

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A Brief History of the American Chestnut Tree | August 1, 2016

The American chestnut tree has a fascinating history. These beautiful trees once populated over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands until succumbing to a lethal fungus infestation, known as the chestnut blight, during the early 1900s. Within 40 years, over 30 million acres of chestnut trees were destroyed by the blight.

According to the American Chestnut Foundation, the American chestnut tree was an essential component of the entire eastern US ecosystem. It was a late-flowering, reliable, and productive tree, unaffected by seasonal frosts, and was the single most important food source for a wide variety of wildlife from bears to birds.

More recently, blight-resistant chestnut species have been used in breeding programs in the U.S. to create hybrids with the American chestnut. These blight-resistant hybrid American Chestnut trees have been successfully bearing nuts in orchards across the United States, including North Carolina.

This resurgence of the chestnut tree is exciting, and we are looking forward to our first crop. Our trees are Dunstan chestnut trees, which were actually first crossbred in Greensboro (love having that North Carolina connection!)

The trees on both of our farms are still young, having just been planted this past spring. But all are doing well, and many are already producing the distinctive spiny chestnut “husk”:

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