One Season to Another

golden-wreathFlower season is winding down here on the farm.  It was sad to see the last row of sunflowers fade, but also excited about transitioning into greens, glitter, and bows. Thanks to all of our market supporters, local florists, and all that helped guide and support us through our second season of fresh cut flowers.

Before moving on to tree season updates, I wanted to share some exciting news on the flower side of our business. We recently joined the Association of Specialty Cut Flowers (ASCF) and are thrilled about the opportunity to learn, network, and expand on our cut-flower business in 2014. We attended our first conference in Wooster last week and were overwhelmed with the knowledge shared and generosity of our fellow flower farmers. We left feeling so inspired within two days we purchased our first hoophouse! Yippeee!! We will be taking a great leap of faith next season by expanding into many other flower varieties, (which I’m still nervously-excited about…eeek) and will rely heavily on the gracious guidance of those knowledgeable farmers.

Speaking of associations, Fodor Tree Farm volunteered to host the October North East Ohio Christmas Tree Growers Association (NEOCTG) meeting. We had about 45 Christmas tree farmers come together at our farm to eat network, learn, and discuss all aspects of being a Christmas tree farm.  We told our story of how we came to be and what works and doesn’t work for us at our boutique-like farm. A huge plus for us hosting this meeting was that it gave us a head start on preparing for the holiday season as we worked diligently to make sure the farm was in tip-top shape for our guests. So… bring on greens, bows, saws, and flannels…the season is only a month away! Opening day at the farm is the Friday after Thanksgiving, but the wreath shop will be open for custom orders the entire week of Thanksgiving!