Here we are, in the second week of June, and we’re already harvesting dahlias! This time last year we were fretting over rotting tubers and worrying about whether we’d have much of a dahlia harvest at all. At the end of the season, we decided to dig up the tubers that were in our flooded field, and we chose to leave the tubers in our dry field in the ground for the winter. The tubers that we dug up were cleaned up and divided over the winter, and we planted those at the beginning of May, alongside several new-to-us varieties. The overwintered tubers spent the winter tucked in under a thick layer of straw, covered by a tarp to keep them warm. Of those overwintered dahlias, about 50% survived, and it’s from those plants that we’re getting our super early harvest. We replaced the tubers that died with other new varieties, and we’re excited that we’ll be harvesting these gems for the rest of the season! I don’t think it was until late July last year that we harvested our first dahlia, and so this feels extra special.
Of course, dahlias aren’t the only things on our minds. This week was the first week of our flower CSA through Moon Valley Farm, we just started selling our flowers to the Mt. Washington Whole Foods again, and we’re designing for a wedding this weekend! Our florist sales have been through the roof, so we’ve been as busy as we can be harvesting and putting together orders each day. Somehow, our small team still manages to tackle all of the other farm tasks!
Get to Know Your Farmers
Dogs are farmers too!
Iris is the farm’s loyal friend and guardian. She’s fearless in the face of rodents, she loves farm life, she’s a great alarm system for when we receive deliveries, and most importantly, she’s a great pal to all of us farmers. After a tough day, nothing feels better than giving Iris a good pet.
This week at the JFX market we will have arugula, carrots, head lettuce, spring mix, bouquets, and bunches of flowers.
Save the Date
Saturday, June 29th - Two Boots Farm Open House and Potluck - We’ll show you around the farm, share a meal, have activities for kids, and an opportunity to build your own bouquet to take home.
Saturday, July 27th - Centerpiece Workshop at the Farm - Participants will learn to design their own centerpieces with flowers from our farm, sip wine from our neighbor’s vineyard, and tour the farm in this late afternoon summer workshop. Sign up early!
Saturday, August 10th- Flower Farm Dinner- Join us for an intimate seasonal dining experience on the farm prepared by Wilde Thyme. We will roam the farm, share a meal made with produce from Two Boots and other local farms, and enjoy an evening on the farm at the height of the season.