Monday, April 29, 2013

spring wedding work

snowdrops

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deanna quince

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bianca

spring wedding work

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Things are starting to percolate. The temperatures are warming, and atoms are vibrating faster! Our frogs at the farm are mating, loudly. Ducks are in rows.

I've been meeting with lots of inspiring people, doing lots of farm visits and trying to expand our reach to better our work; both at Saipua and at the farm at Worlds End. First there was Ben's farm in South Jersey (which is going to get it's own very special post on the Little Flower School site soon...) Ben is a grower/wholesaler and he may be the last of them in the NYC market. He has been a special mentor of sorts to me, and visiting his farm was something I've wanted to do for ages. I finally made the time to go with Nicolette and we were deeply rewarded.

Then yesterday I met Shannon Algiere, the grower at Stone Barns. She helped me to not feel weird about planting by the zodiac and shared so much of her growing practices and knowledge. Sometimes when I meet certain people I think, how am I so lucky?

There was the same feeling later in the day and further up the river in Garrison when I sat down for lunch with the owners of Fresh Company. These women might be my new favorite foodies, their inspired menus are thoroughly customized; no foam, no frills. I want to recommend them to absolutely everyone.

Shelly sent me off with a handful of asparagus from her garden, and Shannon a few finger sized carrots. Munching these, speeding up the thruway last night to the farm I thought to myself WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN??? How are these things connected? You know I've been mildly allergic to the wedding industry, but then I thought HERE IT IS! - a different side of it - right in front of me! It just looks a bit different from the wedding blogs, and it's not always frolicking in a floral haircrown. It's my own kind of wedding industry, inspired, down to earth people lending knowledge, growing things, making things in their own ways. Unique and terrific. Nuanced, hard to pin down and extraordinary.

With wedding season nearly here, I am looking forward to sharing all these good things with my brides (and you). I'm heading out to plan a bed for all my nasturtium seedlings, which hopefully will find a place in the salad Shelly will make for Julia's wedding in September.









25 comments:

Miz.November said...

In my hometown (nestled in the mountains of NC) everyone plants by the signs. If you don't have an almanac, around here, you are taking a shot in the dark. We also cut our hair, wean our animals and have our teeth pulled by the signs. You are not alone.

Emily said...

Ditto to what Miz. November said...my mom grew up in north central NC on a tobacco farm and she still swears by planting she and my dad's giant garden by the signs. Same with cutting her hair, which I need to get back to myself. So don't feel weird, even if it is some borderline Wiccan stuff. Also met Bianca, your intern, last week at Flowergirl on the LES - so nice.

Ashley Fox said...

Holy Mary! Are those mock ups?! crazy, insane gorgeous!

Nourish Your Roots said...

I used to be an organic gardener that grew some of the produce for Fresh Company! And I also worked as a florist in Beacon, and we did weddings with Fresh Company all the time. Driving to the Garrison Institute and working the land there was one of my fondest memories of summertime. You brought me back. And, as always, beautiful work.
P.S. Not sure if you remember me, but I'm that girl who came up to you at Honest Weight Food Co-Op (last summer?) and said hi and that I love your blog and the work you do. Just thought you should know :)

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D Lew said...

Wow these plants are gorgeous! I will show these to florist, I need to find the name of these so I can get them for my cousin's wedding. She is getting married in august and these flowers will be a lovely addition to her decor. I'm almost done with the Wedding Guest Book and the invitations. Oh, I'm so excited!

My Love Wedding Ring said...

It look me a long time to reconcile that there was peace and structure to be found in going with the natural rhythm of life and the signs are one of thosee structures, so I so get where you are at! And your photographs are so very beautiful! Looking forward to keeping seeing the things you share :)!

Erin said...

Watching your process has been so exciting! I'm really, really thrilled for you.

Funny how the other side of the pretty and perfect wedding world is filled with so much dirt! When heading out to consultations, finding non stained jeans is a miracle.

Wishing you an amazing spring!

Amy S. said...

Happy that your spring is turning out to be awesome, despite the slower start! It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we were slogging through mud and now you have beautiful fritillaria. Exciting to see dreams realize.

Also happy this post opened with a picture of snowdrops. If you decide to start expanding your collection, can we visit Hitch Lyman's Temple Nursery? Legend/NY Times says he has more than 400 varieties...

Anonymous said...

Suggestion :

Have a beautiful stone barn built at the farm at World`s End.

You could host magical weddings filled with your beautiful artistry and creativity, fresh food.

It would be totally charming !

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that your spring is turning out to be awesome, despite the slower start! It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we were slogging through mud and now you have beautiful fritillaria. Exciting to see dreams realize.rs for gold

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Every year wedding season sneaks up on me but I'm always reminded when I start seeing such beautiful things like these pics. What can I say, I'm a sucker for weddings from the dresses to the decor to the matching wedding band sets to the pictures. I love it all, thank you for sharing

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