• 2017 Summer CSA – FLOWERS!!!!!!!

    Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree Blossom in the Holcomb Farmhouse

    No better time than an ice storm to talk about flowers and as I’m about to order the flower seeds for this coming season’s Pick Your Own, it’s time to ask for feedback.  Did anyone take advantage of the drying flower bed and have some colorful dried Holcomb Farm bouquets in their house right now?  How many of you enjoy eating the nasturtium flowers & leaves? Should we plant more?  less?  Let me know what you liked, want more of, less of and anything else you can think of related to flowers.

    The agrarian renaissance of Holcomb Farm can’t continue without the continued support of our CSA members. We’ve got high hopes and dreams for the coming season and the future of the Farm, but can only be successful if people in the community cast their “vote” for us and choose Holcomb Farm to be their source of veggies.  Every year we’re seeing an increase in the number of high quality, nutrient dense bumper crops – all without any shortcuts, ammonium-based fertilizers, nor any organic or chemical based pesticides.  So if you haven’t already, please consider signing up today and help us spread the word to all your friends and family. Half Shares, Full Shares, One Share, Two Shares! With all the produce in the CSA barn, plus the Pick Your Own veggies and flowers out in the field…you can’t go wrong!


    Feedback on  Pick Your Own Veggies:

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on PYO veggies for this coming season (even if it is not mentioned here all the points folks raised are being considered). Husk Cherries, Snap Peas, Edamame and Mini Eggplant were all given a big thumbs up and are definites for the PYO (along with Cherry Tomatoes, Beans, Raspberries, Dill and Cilantro).  Crop planning is still underway, but i’ll try to include Tomatillos in the PYO as well, not to mention a few other surprises. Regarding strawberries, I’m new to growing them, so we’ll see how it goes. We planted some last year (and learned a lot) and will be planting more this spring (and every spring thereafter).  So I can all but guarantee a bumper crop of strawberries for 2018 (strawberries don’t yield big until their second year).  For this coming season we’ll definitely have some strawberries, but maybe not a ton, we’ll do our best to make those plants happy this spring (they got a lovely full package spa treatment from the crew last fall before the cold really set in).

    A note on the Lemon Tree Blossom:

    The Lemon Blossom in the photo is from one of our Dwarf Meyer Lemon Trees in a pot in the Farmhouse. We got them as little stems years ago from Logees, a rare plant dealer right here in CT.  Back when we lived on the temperate light filled climate of Long Island’s South Fork we used to get amazing large lemons from them every year.  But since we left they’ve hardly born a single fruit.  They are currently COVERED in blossoms, so I’m hopeful this is the year they finally adjust to life off LI and make some fruit. If not, the heavenly aroma of all these flowers blooming in the dead of winter will do just fine for now.

    (If you made it this far, let me know, you deserve a free sweet potato!)

16 Responsesso far.

  1. Vivian Elba says:

    Hi Joe –

    I didn’t know there was a specific drying flower bed, but I did happen to pick some and they look lovely and colorful.

    As far as other flowers, it would be wonderful to have dahlias, which I cannot grow on my property. Cosmos look so gorgeous growing but last briefly in the vase. My favorite at the farm is the snapdragons which have a great long season – love how many you have there. So my request boils down to dahlias, please 🙂

  2. Susan LeClerc says:

    I LOVE the PYO flowers, especially the zinnias. That bouquet of flowers is a little extra treat that I wouldn’t normally splurge in. I also enjoy the edible flowers – they’re a little bit of fancy for an ordinary salad! Can’t wait until June!!

  3. Jessica Robling says:

    Thanks so much for asking about flowers!!! I absolutely loved the zinnias and cosmos. I didn’t find myself really doing many dried flowers, but the nasturtiums were great for garnishing summer bbq dishes! I am so excited to think about next summer’s CSA!

  4. Deb Ryan says:

    Hello, I loved the drying flowers bed. I have e some pretty pastel straw flowers and several other kinds brightening up my house right now, I took them off the rack on my porch and displayed them in my kitchen so I could start thinking of Spring!

  5. Shannon Zich says:

    Love this. Thanks Joe! I always appreciate your writing and the images it creates for me. BTW, I read your post until the end….sweet potato for me?! 🙂
    Thanks as well for your dedicated work to make Holcomb what is it is. The CSA offerings are pretty incredible. I hope you are hearing more gratitude than complaints these days. What you are producing for your fellow human is an enormous gift. In fact I reaped some rewards just this morning at breakfast with my fried taters. Mmmm….delish! Cheers.

  6. Jeanne says:

    Sunflowers and cosmos with viable seeds to propagate for the next year, if that’s even possible these days.

  7. Lori says:

    I join the CSA primarily for the food crops and I rarely pick flowers. Once in a while my son will pick flowers when he comes with me, and his only preference is for thornless varieties! I think I must have missed the nasturtiums last year, I look forward to trying them this summer.

  8. Kirk says:

    As always, great job on brightening the farm with colorful PYO flowers. It’s always good to see a mix of the old standards with something new.

  9. Aubrey says:

    I loved having fresh flowers every week. I love zinnias. The nastersium were fabulous in salads, so please keep them. What were those white flowers, the w the green and white leaves and produced a milky white sap when cute? They were unique. And my son loved the gigantic sunflowers.

  10. Jane goodell says:

    I am new to CSA – giving up my own garden and looking forward to the adventure of picking up my produce. A big draw was the idea of flowers. We enjoy fresh flowers in the house. Snapdragons and zinnias are my go to vase flowers. Small sunflowers would be fun.

  11. Janette says:

    Please bring back the PYO basil. I missed my weekly pesto fix last year, and the basil so compliments the fresh tomatoes!

  12. cindy says:

    Yes, I have some of the dried flowers my house this winter from the farm. I would love to see more strawflowers grown.

    Asters are a beautiful late summer flower, they may be a nice addition.

  13. Amber says:

    We really enjoyed the drying flowers, made several wreaths for holiday presents and love the lasting colors in the house.

  14. Holly says:

    Ahh darn – didn’t know about the dried flowers! But we LOVED collecting our own bouquets over the summer – had to divvy it up between the kids & myself who got ta pick the flowers each week. I appreciate any bloom that can hold it’s shape for more than a few days!!

  15. Jen Dankosky says:

    Such a beautiful gift every year Joe. It’s heaven walking through the flower beds. I’m looking forward to the magic this summer. Thank you a million times to all of you at Holcomb. Cheers to 2017!

  16. Dan Hurley says:

    ALWAYS take time to pick the flowers!!! They brighten a room like nothing else! We did get drying flowers 2015, and were amazed how well they held up. Don’t remember what circumstances prevented me from getting them this season, but regrets – I have a few.