As we look at this recently disked patch of land, we feel excited and grateful. We see what can be and what will be as we plan to plant. The quality of the dirt is one of our highest priorities and one of the ways we prepare it is by adding compost or gypsum to loosen the soil and help with drainage.
You think our Big Green Tractor is s…er…simply amazing? We think so too and yes, it goes slow and we can make it go faster.
Next time you see a big, smooth(ish) patch of dirt, try looking at it through a farmer’s eye and you’ll see abundant potential and beauty.
Since we can’t call ourselves “elves” yet, we aren’t sure what name we should use for ourselves at this time of year as we are preparing and making and sending wreaths just in time for Thanksgiving! Our Fresh and Fragrant Wreath (see featured image) is a big hit again this year, a perfect combination of fragrant fresh eucalyptus, preserved fall leaves, wheat, dried cherry peppers (they look like mini pumpkins to me), yarrow and sweet annie – all woven together to create a hullabaloo of scent and color.
We can feel the Holidays approaching and the buzz of excitement is contagious.
For those of you who don’t know about the fundraiser called “Relay For Life”, it began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked for 24 hours straight to raise awareness and money for our fight against cancer. Since then, the passion for this cause has lit fires all over the world, becoming the largest fundraiser for cancer research.
The symbolism of walking all night brings very close to home the heart wrenching fact that cancer never sleeps. Relaying between team members signifies that we are all in it together, supporting and doing whatever we can.
We almost can’t believe that 2017’s Relay For Life has already come and gone and that we are already “remembering”.
It was a beautiful day and night and ended up cooling off more than we had thought it would. We held a silent auction for one of our wreaths, won by a local member of our community and one of our own team members won our raffle prize (NOT rigged – we promise!!).
Here are some pictures of Creekside Farms’ 5th year of participation.
The temperatures soared for us here in the last few weeks. We went into conservation mode and started opening windows in the office early in the morning and closing everything up when we started to feel the heat creeping in. We worked in the office with the lights mostly off (our windows provide beautiful natural light). If you have a naturally lit office space, we suggest you try this sometime ~ once the eyes adjust, it actually provides an effective calming ambience to the office day.
On a brighter, more colorful note ~ Look what the sun did for our zinnias!!
Once again this year we set up a coffee stand and welcomed hundreds of cyclists as they passed by our ranch on Jolon road. The riders are traveling from King City to Paso Robles on the third day of the ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This year we served cookies instead of donuts and it seemed to be a big hit with the riders. Although the ranch is not far from the morning starting point, the riders not only enjoy the coffee and cookies, but are also are treated to the wonderful aroma and beauty of our lavender fields at the ranch.
The annual AIDS Lifecycle event raises millions of dollars every year that helps support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center in their efforts to provide services and support to folks living with HIV/AIDS. This year’s ride has raised over sixteen million dollars to date.
We begin harvesting California Pepperberries the month of October. This year we are seeing an amazing amount of berries on the trees. Pepperberries were one of the first items we sold to Smith & Hawken back in 1989 when we started our business. Carol & her crew spent many wonderful days harvesting the berries throughout the county.
Pepperberries are still an integral part of our business. Pepperberry trees were planted on many ranches back when California was homesteaded and are still very prolific in our area. We now have trees planted at both our Greenfield location and on our ranch in King City.
Our lavender fields have been breathtaking these last few weeks. We have enjoyed looking out into a sea of blue and now that it is at its peak, we must harvest it. Our bunches of lavender are hung to dry and then stored for year round use. Its vibrant color and scent makes beautiful wreaths and it is a great accent to many of the pieces we create. Before the weather turns too cold, we will go through and harvest our lavender again.
We have fresh lavender available now for a short window. We can ship fresh bunches or we welcome visitors who’d like to come harvest a bit for themselves.
All of our prep work these last few months is coming to fruition. We were finally able to start planting early in the month. We transplanted some sweet annie that had sprung up in one of our lavender fields. Shortly thereafter, our plants from the greenhouse were ready and we began planting them in the fields. Our new transplanter that Larry rebuilt and then modified was put to good use. We have planted achilia, marjoram, savory, safflower rosemary and broomcorn. Additional plants will be ready soon and we plan on having everything in the fields within the next couple of weeks.
We have been extra busy lately with simultaneously planting our fields and harvesting some of our perennials. Thyme was the first to be harvested and sage is beginning now. The sweet aroma of the thyme has filled the warehouse as it dries on the racks. Soon we will have a plethora of amazing scents as we harvest the various herbs and flowers.
Our production crew enjoys the aroma of the herbs as they dry while they create the beautiful wreaths for Mother’s Day and throughout the summer.