Written By – Megan Dunford
Just like clockwork, the rains of April are giving way to spectacular May flowers. Though the famous tulip fields of Holland might offer you a unique experience, many farms in your backyard have rare beauties waiting to be picked and brought home with you! This spring be sure to take advantage of the local flowers waiting for you in greenhouses, pick your own flower gardens, on farms, and at your local farmers market.
SUPPORT A LOCAL FLOWER FARM!
Flower Fields – Augusta County, VA
Susan Roepke, of Flower Fields in Augusta County, displays a collection of anemones, ranunculus, and snapdragons (blooming soon!) currently waiting for you on her farm located midway between Staunton & Lexington. When you order her specialty cut flowers, you can ensure they are picked no more than one day in advance. With over one hundred varieties of annuals, perennials, bulbs, herbs, and woodies, there is almost always something blooming at Flower Fields! Be sure to browse Flower Fields’ online photo albums of past wedding/special event arrangements, varieties of dried flower arrangements, year-round wreaths, bouquets, flowers on the farm, and more. Take advantage of the beautiful arrangements waiting for you between now and the first hard frost in fall!
PICK YOUR OWN LOCAL FLOWERS
Flower Garden at Richard’s Fruit Market – Winchester, VA
Many farms and farm stands, like Richard’s Fruit Market of Frederick County, offer visitors a chance to browse and pick from a variety of locally grown flowers. Occasionally pick your own operations will offer decorative vases for you to store the flowers you collect. In addition to the on-site flower garden, the fruit market offers local apples, beef, turkey and more. Visit the farm and it’s market at 6410 Middle Rd. Middletown, VA 22645 starting June 8th until November, Monday-Saturday 8:30am-6pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Be sure to check their Facebook, website, or call 540-869-1455 for availability.
Pebble Hall Wildflowers – Weyers Cave, VA
Wildflowers, fairy gardens, sunset picnics, oh my! Pebble Hall Wildflowers offers a magical experience for the whole family. Buy Fresh Buy Local member Kathy says that flowers currently in bloom on the farm range from Irises to poppies, peonies, and red daises. Visit 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. When you arrive, be sure to visit the flower shop to collect pruning supplies for your excursion. Prices are determined by the width of the flower stems. Most bouquets typically range from 5 to 20 dollars. Take time to enjoy the Shenandoah Valley views and handcrafted gifts, like finished driftwood, waiting for you in the flower shop.
Upcoming events on the farm include a Mother’s Day weekend (May 12-14) and a Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) when all proceeds collected will be donated to a local chapter of disabled veterans. Don’t forget to pack a blanket, a dinner, and maybe some local Virginia wine for a picnic overlooking beautiful flowers, the valley, and the mountains. Pebble Hall Wildflowers is located at 11 Pebble Hall Lane, Weyers Cave VA 24486. Stay up-to-date on all farm activities, including an Open House event June 10-11, by liking them on Facebook.
INVEST IN A SUBSCRIPTION TO FRESH LOCAL FLOWERS
Cabin Hill Farm – Mount Jackson, VA
“Petal” it Forward and brighten someone’s day! Treat yourself, a friend, a loved one, or your Mom for Mother’s Day to hand crafted vase arranged bouquet subscriptions for $15/bouquet/week for the season or by installments of $18/bouquet. Cabin Hill Farm in Shenandoah County offers customers several options to get their fresh flower fix. With bouquet subscriptions, deliveries, farm stand and Fairfax farmers market pickups offered you will never go without fresh local flowers. Over 100 unique varieties of annual, perennial and woody flowers are grown on the 100-acre farm. Fragrant and non-fragrant arrangements are available. Visit their website for more info. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and select an arrangement of your own at their self-serve farm stand open 7 days a week starting in June, from 7 AM to 7 PM at 13827 Senedo Road, Mount Jackson, VA.
Oak Hart Farm – Berryville, VA
Buy Fresh Buy Local member Stacey Ellis, of Oak Hart Farm in Clarke County, proudly prepares consumer ready bouquets of locally grown flowers. Stacey has experience with selecting and arranging wedding flowers from the farm’s 30 growing varieties, but enjoys when she can help brides cut their own flowers for their special day. In addition to their farm egg and produce CSA shares, Oak Hart offers cut flower shares. Purchasing a cut flower share gives customers the chance to “reserve” a bouquet of organically grown flowers and herbs for convenient pick up. However, the farm welcomes all to stop by between 8am-4pm on Saturdays beginning May 27th to pick your own flowers or purchase a pre-cut and arranged bouquet. Check out Oak Hart Farm on Facebook, call 540-533-3096, or visit the Northern Shenandoah Valley farm at 822 Shepherd’s Mill Road Berryville, VA 22611.
PICK UP FLOWERS FROM YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET!
Mary Jo’s Flowers at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market – Harrisonburg, VA
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of a typical grocery store shopping trip and treat yourself to locally grown produce and stunning flowers at your local farmers market! Many vendors, like Buy Fresh Buy Local member Mary Jo’s Flowers, frequent the downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market. You can find Mary Jo and her flowers on a typical Saturday during Market hours 8 AM- 1 PM. Stop by and pick up a bouquet, grown and designed by Mary Jo’s Flowers at Friendly City Food Co-op, delivered fresh seasonally (June-September) on Mondays and Thursdays.
Malcolms Market Garden at the Staunton Farmers Market – Staunton, VA
Don’t have time to make a visit to a farm growing flowers? No worries! Be sure to take advantage of farms that will bring the farm and it’s flowers to you. Many Buy Fresh Buy Local members, like Malcolms Market Garden of Augusta County, regularly set up as vendors of a weekly Farmers Market. You can find Malcolms’ ready to take home produce and bunches of flowers at the Staunton Farmers Market. Learn more about the farm’s flowers and it’s produce CSA membership offerings online at malcomsmarketgarden.com.
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