Friday, August 10, 2007

Pick It, Pick It Good

Our latest article in the Washington Examiner is out today. Read the article online here (August 10 edition - page 59), or grab the print version at the red street boxes around town today - the article is on R11 (Real Estate section - page 11). It is on Cutting Gardens and Pick-Your-Own Flower Farms. Photo here was taken at Rock Hill Orchard in Mt. Airy, MD.

When I started researching the list of local pick-your-own flower farms, I had no idea how difficult it would be. It seems most all area flower growers are strictly to the trade/wholesale or they are by appointment only for large-amount customers like wedding planners. Many growers cut and sell theirs at area farmer's markets and most of those are on weekends -- the same timing folks would want to come out and cut their own. So I see the difficulty in being all able to offer fields for public picking. Still it'd be nice to see more fields set aside for this purpose.

One Virginia flower farmer discussed the current drought with me. Obviously they are as hard hit by this as any other farmers, but she said the standbys (zinnias, sunflowers, etc) still did okay for them. If you plan to go flower picking this weekend, call first to check on availability of what is in bloom.

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