“What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions farming?” is one of the first questions Allen asks the new group of 3rd graders crowding up to our booth. Hands shoot up and eager children yell “cows!”, “tomatoes!”, “carrots!” “pigs!”
Approximately 4 groups of 25 3rd graders come through in waves every 10 minutes from 9:30am to noon during Creekside Farms’ 5th annual Farm Day.
Allen and Teri patiently explained that although we are farmers and our business is indeed farming, we grow product like flowers, herbs and broomcorn – not your usual South Monterey County farm fare. We enjoyed the delighted looks on their faces as we showed them our finished products – wreaths made of herbs, flowers, fresh rosemary and heather and our trademark lavender. They were able to sink their hands in a big bowl of lavender bud and tickle their noses with big bunches of fresh rosemary and dried summer savory.
We were thrilled to be included once again in this day devoted to sharing and teaching about agriculture in its various forms. Farm Day is a program that brings together business, industry, community and education to benefit third grade students. The hands on demonstrations and the information provided gives students an opportunity to be exposed to all the various aspects of agriculture.
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