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Gettin’ fancy

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Drumroll…. our email list has reached 1000 subscribers! Kinda crazy if you ask me.

But that means we are no longer on the free plan and we now have to pay for you to get my very serious emails 🙁

Ruth says I should probably try to sell you something once a month to make up for the charge. But I really don’t want to be salsey (gives me the shudders just thinking about it). So I’m going to make a deal with you: you continue to tell people about us or shop from us and I will continue to send my normal emails (ha! me, normal. There’s a chuckle). And we’ll just skip the marketing stuff. Deal? Deal.

I don't really have a picture that represents we-now-have1000-subscribers-so-now-we're-going-to-have-to-shell-out-money-to-send-emails. So here's the sun hitting the little fennel very prettily this morning. Fortunately, emails and fennel are totally the same thing 😉

I was walking past the sunflowers and noticed a bunch of old petal-less heads and was getting ready to shoot off a text reminding everyone that these were pollenless varieties (meaning no seeds will develop. It’s pretty hard to find cutting sunflower varieties that also make seeds. Most of them are pollenless. Very sad) so no point in trying to save seeds.

But upon closer inspection, there are seeds! Lookit that!

Yes, that's my phone's shadow

I don’t get to be a high and mighty know-it-all now (insert pout), but we’ll be able to save some seeds to plant next year! That’s worth being wrong.

Although, the seeds won’t breed true so we’ll get sunflowers that look different from what we planted. So we’ll buy more seeds as well. But still. Pretty cool.

If you’d like to have your own field of sunflowers, SunflowerSelections.com has a wide range with fairly good prices. If you don’t have a field (so sorry for you; we should all have a field we can fill with sunflowers), you probably don’t need 100-500 seeds though, so try to find a friend to share with or a seed swap. (Unless you have horrible bird and squirrel pressure like me, in that case you need to buy and plant 1000 seeds in order to get 1 pathetic-looking sunflower).

We’ve been going over what we want to grow this winter and next spring/summer. Last week the crew said more chives. We said sure, why not.

Boom. Chives are divided.

I suspect we were going to have more chives whether the crew got the ok or not….

We’re also letting some chives go to flower. I’m not sure why… cause we divide chives to get more, as seen above… but they are pretty.

Some seasonal inspiration:

Happy Eating!


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About Highland Orchards

Completely surrounded by suburbia, our small farm has been growing beyond expectations since 1832, just north of Wilmington, Delaware.

Growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, Highland Orchards provides true “farm fresh” for the community all year. If you want to shake the hand of the farmer who grows for you, here is the farm! With plants in the ground or under cover in tunnels, we grow for every season. A family farm, we have three different generations involved in running the farm right now.

Come see us to eat fresh, eat local, and eat well!