When my favorite neighbor, Bobbie Walkley, told me she was doing the Flower CSA* at Stone Barns I thought, “What a treat it would be to get a bouquet of flowers every week for 15 weeks.” Plus, they are beautiful flowers from Stone Barns! So many reasons to do this…
- I am lucky enough to live close by to the amazing Stone Barns
- My neighbor has kindly offered to pick up my flowers along with hers every Wednesday (free delivery right to my door!)
- Good excuse to finally start my blog and write every week
- Great content to write about along with great visuals
- Most of all, it will make me use my new digital camera and learn all the technical aspects of how to take great photos (more on this later)
Drum roll please! — Here’s Week 1:
A colorful bouquet of wild flowers was accompanied by a cheerful bonus bouquet of colorful Sweet Pea. The wild flowers (Bachelor Button and Bupleurum) were combined with strikingly proud grains, and sophisticated greens, of Wheat and Rye. And the reds and delicate pinks of the Sweat Pea added a fresh splash of color, complementing the blues, greens and golds of the larger bouquet.
What is so wonderful about the CSA “This Week In Flowers” program is that you don’t know what you’re going to get; you get whatever is in season -- so it is like receiving a mystery gift every Wednesday. This first week’s combination of grasses and more traditional wild flowers created a sense of surprise and made me feel like I was lying down in a meadow in Springtime, on a wonderful sunny day. What more could you ask from flowers! They could not look any more amazing.
* What is CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is a coop program that allows town residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly from June until October, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront.