Christmas Trees to Sunflowers

Who would have thought…Christmas trees to sunflowers?  Well, we knew it was pretty cool to be Christmas tree farmers but we also thought it would be very cool to grow other items in our off season. There were two inspirations for why we chose sunflowers to experiment with. First, Tara stumbled across an article about a Pennsylvania farmer who, by mistake, turned his cover crop into a cash crop. His business is booming now with fresh-cut sunflowers being distributed to floral wholesalers. Secondly, Tara has planted sunflowers around the garden the past few years and absolutely fell in love with these stunning beauties. So, this year we planted two sections in our back field of a single stem, pollenless sunflower specifically for fresh-cut flowers.

We were a bit worried early in the season as there was little rain and plenty of hot days. But, these beauties thrived and are now full of color (and many of bees too) and ready for harvest.

On a whim, we stopped into our local Giant Eagle’s floral department and explained our successful experiment with the sunflowers. After a brief discussion, they agreed to purchase a few dozen to sell to their customers. So, as of yesterday Poland Giant Eagle is selling Fodor Tree Farm’s sunflowers! How exciting huh?!?!!

We will also be at the Poland Farmers Market this Saturday, August 4 from 10am – 2pm with our stunning bundles of sunflowers for sale. What better way to brighten your kitchen, office, or friend’s face than with fresh-cut flowers! If you are in the area, stop by the market (located behind the Poland library) and see us!