Our dog, Lily, is now the only one who wants to put her paws (sans galoshes) in this creek and splash around like crazy since we have no more toddlers around!!! 20 years ago, the oldest grandchild was 2 years old and the youngest hadn’t yet joined the family.
1997 was the last time this creek was running on our property — 11 (ELEVEN!) grandchildren have joined the family since then. Creekside Farms was founded in 1988 and this creek was the inspiration for our name.
running through the dormant lavender
Lily, the golden, playing in the creek
We were invited to participate, once again, in our local community’s Farm Day, a day devoted to sharing and teaching about agriculture in its various forms here in South Monterey County. It was a wonderful feeling to talk about what we grow and to explain that farming doesn’t just produce heads of lettuce, cabbage, onions and broccoli. There were “oooh’s and aah’s” as we held up bunches of herbs, lavender, yarrow and pepper berries that we have planted, grown and harvested right here on our farm. I think we may have “planted a few seeds” for some future female farmers whose love of the flowers and the wreaths we create out of them was evident.
Farm Day is a program that brings together business, industry, community and education to benefit third grade students. It provides information and hands on demonstrations about the agricultural industry of Monterey County. It gives students an opportunity to be exposed to various aspects of agriculture: everything from food production to wreath making.
Who knew that burying your hands in a large wooden bowl of loose lavender bud could elicit such delight and excitement from third grade children, their teachers, parents and chaperones?
Teri showing one of our Twig Heart Wreath designs
Sweet, bright faces
Happy Farm Day participants
We are already looking forward to next year’s Farm Day and having another 300 or so third graders brighten our day, learn about what we do and be inspired!
Whatever your tradition, whatever your beliefs, this holiday is a beautiful time to celebrate family and all things new.
Here at the farm, we are working our little white bunny tails off shipping wreaths and nests to decorate homes all across the country.
Here is what I see when I look down today:
Everyone should have one of these utility belts! Think cell phones if you don’t have any pockets, clippers for gardeners, pens or paintbrushes if you’re an artist, extra wipes or pacifiers if you’re a new mommy, dish towels if you’re a chef….
Oh, and we just have to show you one of our adorable Easter nests!
Spring Moss Nest
When we received the photograph below from one of our customers, we immediately printed it out and “oohed and awwed”. We were proud, of course, that the Zinnia Wreath we sent looked so pretty ~ but we were even more stunned by the cool picture!
We were also touched that the recipient took the time to take a picture, express her delight, and send it to us.
We use this beautiful photograph with gratitude and her permission.
We were honored to be invited back to the Carmel Plaza’s pre Holiday shopping event this year. It was a beautiful day and we so enjoyed meeting people who hadn’t yet heard of Creekside Farms and what we do. We were bursting with pride at the expressions of appreciation from seeing just the few wreath designs we were able to bring along with us.
The Mixed Eucalyptus Wreath shown below would seem to reach out and tap people on the shoulder as they walked by with it’s strong, earthy, lingering scent. Inevitably, they would turn around and say “what is that??”…and there it would be be – 22” of three varieties of untamed, vibrant green eucalyptus.
One of our favorite attributes of all of our fresh wreaths is the gradual change that occurs once it is made and hung in the place of choice to be enjoyed. It doesn’t happen all at once, but, like nature itself, it starts to dry and shift slightly – the colors lighten and take on a patinated hue.
With our wreaths, pepper berries and herb braids as centerpieces, the need for decorating is sated.
We love our simple, rustic Creekside Farms sign that was made by a friend and treasured by us.
Our beautiful, simple, understated display.
Isn’t there something about having company over that is energizing and exciting?
Besides the initial nervousness of making everything look “just so”, being able to show people what we do on an every day basis and share the beauty that surrounds us is a blessing.
We were able to have just this experience (only with a bit more sweetness sprinkled in) when we had a school field trip here last Thursday.
We were greeted by 10 eager, shiny faces and questions like “what’s this?” “do these seeds fall out?” “is this lavender?” “can I smell it?” “why?” “can I touch it?”.
Allen was the tour guide; his expertise in all things farming making answering the questions a breeze and easily satisfying curious minds. They started outside, walking down the paths and looking at the fields and rows of the various crops we are growing.
We are so lucky to have Teri’s photography skills right here on the premises!
Next on the itinerary was heading inside where the magic happens using what we grow outside.
Everyone had the opportunity to stand at one of our work tables and use bunches of herbs to make custom bouquets that they secured with some raffia ribbon. Thank you, Rodolfo, for the beautiful set up!
It was a pleasure having such good company over.
p.s. This class was a deviation from our usual business group and garden club tours. If your group would like to come see us, just give us a call! A lot of times we are in the field, working in production or inspecting wreaths before they are shipped out, so a week or two notice is best in order to make sure someone is available to show you around. Also, if you wanted to pick up a wreath when you visit, be sure to order online beforehand to make sure it is ready for you to pick up (choose local pickup in the shipping options). All of our wreaths are made to order. If you need help in deciding or placing your order, just give us a jingle and we would be more than happy to walk you through it.
www.creeksidefarms.com – (831) 674-1234