Did you know? One handful of good garden soil can contain more organisms than the number of human beings who have ever lived!
The local flower movement is riding quickly on the heals of the local food movement.
Here at Persephone we’re passionate about fresh flowers! We grow dozens of varieties including many herbs, bulbs, greens, ornamental grasses and old fashioned favorites like sweet peas, dahlias, daffodils and sunflowers. We arrange them for weddings, bunch them for the farmer’s market, offer them in our CSA boxes and provide them by the bucket for DIY fun! It’s exciting to see horizons expanding. Customers are asking for more than the tired predictable blooms flown in from Colombia and Ecuador, flowers whose backstory is something we’d rather not think about. The first thing we naturally want to do when we pick up a flower is to stick our nose in and take a big whiff. But sticking your nose into a scent-less, chemically processed rose which might last for a week on your table, but without much heart, can be pretty unsatisfying. You even question at the end of the week: should I add this to my compost pile?
PLEASE, DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT TREATING YOURSELF TO FLOWERS!
Flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators. Our precious bees need all the help they can get. The fact that we don’t use chemicals on our plants make them an excellent food source for all sorts of beneficial insects we rely on to help with the checks and balances of keeping our crops pest-free.
Having lots of flowers in our fields also helps tremendously in our crop rotations. Disease cycles build up in the soil when a relatively small representation of vegetable plant families are grown season after season. Inserting the huge diversity of flower varieties into the mix has noticeably helped give our soil a break.
Persephone Farm is an a long time, well-loved vendor at the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market Stop by on Saturdays from 9-1 at our grassy site behind City Hall and join the fun. The market opens just before Easter and runs through at least the end of October- sometimes until Thanksgiving, weather depending.
Painting By Catherine Mix
Our booth offers a colorful seasonal mix of organically grown vegetables and a knowledgeable, friendly staff excited to help inspire you with recipe suggestions. We are well known at the market for our outstanding array of fresh cut flowers. As soon as the opening bell rings, shoppers flood to our stand to snatch up our colorful bouquets presented in signature olive oil cans. Designers grab and go with single stems and flowers by the bucket to arrange themselves. Customers are always surprised what an amazing value our farmer’s market flowers are compared to other local outlets. Buying direct from the grower makes all the difference. The market is a great place for brides to visit and discuss wedding flower options, see our quality and attention to detail.
At the stand you will get a chance to meet the Persephone interns, the next generation of America’s young farmers. Our amazing team comes to spend a season learning the ins and outs of working on a small farm. Staffing the farmer’s market is a high point for them each week as they showcase the literal fruits of their labor. We take pride in our hard work and love what we do. The pat on the back we get on Saturdays at the market, customers grateful for what we do, is a grand finale to the week.
Don’t forget to follow the BI Farmer’s Market page on instagram!
Our CSA orientation is June 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Please bring your family and join us for an evening at the Farm. See your summer vegetables growing! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, taste a leaf of sweet fennel or sour sorrel as we stroll the fields and meet our hard-working interns. We’ll explain our pickup system and you’ll have the opportunity to signup for optional add-on shares. These will be delicious ways to support other local producers, and an opportunity to collect an even more abundant basket each week. At the end of the evening, take home your first vegetables of this season! Or, drop by the Bainbridge Farmer’s Market and say hello! (subscribers received an email from Rebecca with additional details.)
We are very excited to see this program starting for another glorious season. If you know of others who might be interested in joining us, please spread the word that shares are still available. If you refer someone who subscribes, we’ll thank you with a free box of veggies and, of course, a huge hug and many thanks.
We look forward to meeting all of our new subscribers and seeing the familiar faces of friends and neighbors. Contact Rebecca if you have questions. And be sure to follow us on Instagram @persephonefarmer!
Sooner or later the rain will stop, right?
The peas will inch up their waiting trellises, the carrots will be more than orange threads and the dahlias will burst above the soil surface. No one knows better than the farmers what an UNUSUAL spring this has been.
The intrepid interns and I have been suiting up in our raingear and heading out into the fields in anticipation of the start of the CSA on June 7th. Surely there will be bounty by then. Lots of vibrant green goodness!
We’d love to have you join us for another season of Community Supported Agriculture. Your subscription keeps our little farm chugging along.
Or, if you’re ready for an early season infusion of freshness, come on by our booth at the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market on Saturdays between 9-1. There you can pay by cash, check or credit card and take advantage of the 10% subscriber discount.
We’d love to see you and introduce you to the wonderful new team of aspiring young farmers: Sean, Amanda, Chelsea and Mackenzie, all hailing from points East. You can do me a favor and assure them that, yes, it does eventually warm up and become beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. I think they’re starting to worry the gray skies will never lift and our boots will remain permanently attached to our feet.
New this season are some gloriously beautiful new flower varieties, the return of our cherished French Pink garlic, English shelling peas, several hefty heirloom tomatoes we’ve never grown before and the installation of a new well!
Please tell your friends about Persephone. Your referrals will be rewarded with an extra box of veggies. And our heartfelt gratitude.
Thank you for supporting local farming,
Rebecca and Team Persephone