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End of the Season

Rainbow over Persephone Farm

A rainbow over our last CSA harvest yesterday.

Happy (last) CSA Wednesday, everybody! What a season! As the CSA wraps up this week, so does our season here at Persephone. Our last official day of work is Friday, then we’ll all move on to our next steps in the next week or so. Looking back over the past 8 months it is really incredible how much this farm has transformed. Brand new areas have been turned into productive farmland, and all of us workers have grown and learned so much valuable knowledge. This week we’re wrapping up any loose ends, getting as much cover crop in the ground as possible, and harvesting our last rounds of flowers and vegetables. The weather today is a nice full-circle reminder of when we got here at the end of February, and the farm is starting to look more and more like it did when we arrived. Our few over-wintering crops are being prepped for colder temperatures to come, some by being nestled in the greenhouses or others by being sprayed with a cold-toughening kelp spray.

Five Persephone farmers posing with flowers

A throwback to one of our late Fridays making bouquets for market as a crew! From left to right, Brian, Kristina, Rebecca, Taylor, and Brooklyn, Persephone crew 2016

We hope that you all have enjoyed sharing in the bounty of the season with us. By supporting our farm you have allowed all of us flower-novices to learn the full cycle of flower growing, harvesting, and arranging — an experience we will all cherish for a long time. We have also all learned so much about vegetable production as well, and have been exposed to delicious regional treats such as pea shoots, sweet turnips and purple sprouting broccoli! From all of us at Persephone Farm 2016, including all of our pollinators like the one below, we would like to thank you for your kind words and continued support, and hope that you have a nice and relaxing winter.

– 2016 Persephone Interns

Farmer Rebecca holding a flower with a honeybee

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Yellow and green summer squash

Summer squash ready for our CSA subscribers

Summer squash means it must be summer, right? We were warned about “Juneuary” but “Januly” is a whole different story. Luckily today seems to be warming back up – this sun is definitely a sight for sore eyes. This week we welcomed some new and old faces to the farm! Previous years’ interns stopped by to help out around the farm, and two new interns have been added to the mix (welcome Kris and Gracie). Be sure to say hello if you see them!

If you stopped by the Bainbridge Island Farmers market on Saturday (or saw our Facebook page), you already know we set a new Persephone Farm record of sweet pea bunches – 63! Those and all the other flowers bursting into bloom have been keeping us plenty busy, and us interns are getting to learn more about the flowers and how to harvest them. The most exciting part to me, though, is getting to use them in bouquets! Our intern bouquet making school, taught by Rebecca, is always a highlight of our Wednesdays and Fridays, and we hope you all are loving the beautiful flowers! Here are some pictures of our flowers we harvested this morning, and some of the bouquets we’ve made so far

-Intern Taylor
(Persephone’s note – Brian and Brooklyn are our other awesome 2016 Interns.)

CSA subscriber bouquets at Persephone Farm in Indianola , WA

CSA subscriber bouquets waiting for pickup

Freshly harvested flowers ready for bouquet making lesson

Freshly harvested flowers ready for our bouquet making lesson

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One of our client’s weddings was recently featured on Rustic Wedding Chic, a popular DIY wedding blog. It was a local farm wedding at Raspberry Ridge Farm in Poulsbo, WA. Thanks to Blue Rose Photography for the beautiful shots of our flowers, and congratulations to Adrienne and Nick!

See more about our wedding flowers here.

Reception Decorations

Reception Decorations

Bridesmaid's Bouquet

Bridesmaid’s Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

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CSA flower bouquets

Our subscribers can choose a bouquet

Our CSA begins next week (June 4) and we are still looking for a few more subscribers. Join by Friday and mention that you saw this promotion on Facebook (Like us too :) and you will get an extra free weekly box of vegetables! Our CSA includes a beautiful flower bouquet as pictured here, and the peonies are coming in strong. Download our brochure and sign up today. We would love it if you could join us.

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Fresh from the Field wedding flower bookA new book, Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers highlights the growing local flower movement and includes dozens of photos of wedding bouquets made with seasonal, locally-grown flowers— including a beautiful wedding arbor by Persephone Farm! Written by Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein, the book celebrates the beauty of seasonal and sustainable flowers. From heirloom narcissus, ranunculus and frilly French tulips in the spring to dramatic café au lait dahlias paired with berries and dark ninebark foliage in the fall, the bouquets showcase the floral bounty of each season.

Conscientious consumers are increasingly aware of where and how and where the products they buy are produced. For brides and grooms, using local flowers is a way to make their weddings distinct, different and more meaningful. Learn more about Persephone Farm’s wedding flowers. We primarily serve Kitsap County, West Sound including Bainbridge Island, Hansville, Poulsbo, Gig Harbor and more. Occasionally, for large parties, venture farther afield to the Seattle area or the Olympic Pennisula. Don’t miss our photo gallery of Persephone’s beautiful wedding flowers — bridal bouquets; reception decorations wedding arbors, and of course, boutonnieres.

More info: The book Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers can be ordered at: www.freshfromthefieldweddings.com
Slow Flower expert, Debra Prinzing has great post and podcast about the book.

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