Having Company Over

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

Beginning and Endings

Beginnings and Endings

There is no better way to describe our past week here at Creekside Farms than new beginnings and bittersweet endings.

Our family has participated for over 7 years in our local Salinas Valley Fair in King City. This year brought in an all time high attendance of 38,000 people and a record breaking 1.86 million dollars for the Junior Livestock Auction. The generosity and support of our small community is truly remarkable and we are so proud to be a part of it.

Allen and Teri Umbarger experienced their final fair as direct participants, as their youngest son Bryce is graduating from high school this year and is off to UC Davis in the fall. Bryce received 3 best of shows for his photography entries. Teri is an avid photographer, so this apple didn’t fall very far.

Their oldest son, Branson, is attending Holy Names University where he is majoring in Business and playing baseball. He is back for the summer, working at the farm with a long list of tasks, we are so happy to have his help and brawn.

This “selfie” that Bryce took with his pig, Patricia, has become a local favorite (I mean – look at those smiles!!!) and is being entered in bigger fair competitions – it is priceless.Aaron Umbarger volunteers every year for an exhausting but satisfying 4 days, working the swine barns, coaching kids, corralling run away pigs and spending time with his children, Matt, Kady and Sam. Matt is a junior in high school and will have one more fair to participate as a FFA member and a member of the Junior Fair Board. His pig, Mary Porkers, weighed in at 250 lbs proving that those twice a day feedings, walks and pen cleaning did the trick. Matt also won a Best of Show for his table that he made in Advanced Ag Mechanics.

matt best of show project
Matt’s Best of Show project

Kady and Sam have not yet made the foray into the livestock portion of the fair, but love the atmosphere and the time spent with the annual reunion of friends. We look forward to sharing their pictures with you next year when they attend as participants.

Stacey and Tim who live in San Diego were unable to sneak away and attend the fair. They stayed back with their two sons, Ian (14) and Gavin (10) who spent their week filled with baseball games. Their daughter Fiona although only 8, is a seasoned traveler often flying by herself to join her cousins. She made the trek to cheer them on and enjoy the fair.

kids at fair
L-Fiona, M-Kady, R-Lucas

Scott Umbarger and his children, Adam, Logan and Lucas had a full, fun fair. Logan’s pig, Speckles, received a group 1 in his market class and 7th in his weight class. His self-portrait entry won best of show! Adam is a freshman at Palma High School and is busy playing baseball but enjoyed coming to the fair and watching his siblings. Lucas, who just turned 9, will participate next year and was busy watching and learning the ropes.

logan with pig
Logan and Speckles

This little new beginning is making all of us sigh and cuddle. She is so precious. Lily is learning all about life here on the farm, running through the lavender, greeting everyone and taking very long naps.

We are the best kind of tired you could possibly be; celebrating endings and beginnings.

family is work is family…

The type of work we do here is all integrated.

Our front entry way (pictured above) doubles as a drying area for our new pink roses, new herbs we may be trying out or other freshly cut product that needs more warmth than our back warehouse can provide.

Our offices and our design studio all share an open space. This table is a hub…our design space, and on some days, our conference table.

Being family owned and operated, this is our second home. And like being home, everyone wants to be here (on most days ;)).

The picture above is such a good example of what I am describing.  This is right above the desk where I am typing this. It is one of our handmade lavender wreaths, made from what we grow here, and a glimpse of a couple of the pictures of the kids/grandkids on the wall next to it.


Life is good.