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Happy First Day of Spring Planting

It’s that time again and we are getting our starter seeds ready to go.  Here are some of our planting trays ready for strawflower seeds.

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Planting trays are prepped and ready to be seeded

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One of team members, Gil, hand seeding each little pod with strawflower seeds.

We can’t wait to share the process with you!

Happy Spring!

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Our Namesake

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.

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lotsa water

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running through the dormant lavender

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Lily, the golden, playing in the creek

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Farm Day

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.

 

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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?

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Teri showing one of our Twig Heart Wreath designs 

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Sweet, bright faces

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Future Farmer?

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Happy Farm Day participants 

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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!

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Whatever heart your heart desires

We currently have three incredibly beautiful hearts to choose from to make a special someone’s or your own Valentine’s Day unquestionably memorable.

This delicate stunner is made with marjoram and sage as its herb base and is decorated with a pink freeze dried rose, pink larkspur, baby’s breath, white statice and fresh bay leaves.

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The purple herb base on the wreath below is Santa Cruz Oregano ~ the three rosebuds have a beautiful purple hue that compliments it perfectly. Fresh bay leaves and dried white statice complete the old fashioned look of this heart.

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Last, but definitely not least is the exquisite simplicity of this fresh rosemary and heather heart wreath. One of our personal favorites and even more striking in person.

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What we didn’t know about Mr. Love…

“Love Stinks” seems like the appropriate soundtrack to the legendary events of February 14th about 1,000 years ago. It turns out that tragedy had a hand in originating the now fluffed, candied, hearts and flowers holiday of today.

Claudius II, emperor of Rome during 270 AD was inclined to believe that marriage made men weak and that “love” was a distraction to the ultimate goal — fighting and winning wars. We don’t know if there was a personal reason for this opinion or whether or not he himself had an awful or distracting experience with love, but, being the Roman Emperor, he had the power to completely ban marriage and he did.

Some things in life, however, cannot be stopped by laws, opinions, bans, persecution or even the threat of death.

Love, Love, Love

St. Valentine became the Ambassador Of Love and began secretly performing marriage ceremonies for couples desperately in love. He was arrested once he was found out (did a disillusioned bride or groom tattle on him?) and imprisoned.

There are a few legendary tales describing the happenings thereafter, but the gist of the story is that St. Valentine wrote a note to a girl that had fallen in love with him during his time behind bars. He wrote it right before he was killed.  He signed it “From your Valentine”.

Good news is that Mr. Valentine has not been forgotten.  Not by a long shot. His sacrifice for love has been celebrated and has grown in popularity and significance over time.

At this point in time, those who choose not to celebrate it or who choose to ignore it or (*GASP*) forget about it are the persecuted ones and seem to be eligible for their own kind of imprisonment.

That being said, we are still enjoying creating new versions of hearts and flowers in celebration of Valentine’s Day – see below 🙂IMG_0771 (1).jpg

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Kind Words

We were so happy in the office to receive these kind words from one of our valued customers – we were so excited that we may be oversharing 🙂

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Hi Creekside Farms,

I want you to know how much I love your quality products. I purchased the pepperberry and eucalyptus wreath and garlands. When I received my package the items were fresh and fragrant, they held up beautifully throughout the holidays. Now that the season is over they have dried but are still just as beautiful (see pic).

Thank you for creating such a beautiful quality product. I look forward to future purchases.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ericka
Thank you, Ericka! We are looking forward to providing you with more freshness and fragrance for years to come.

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Taking A Moment

“Life is not measured by the breaths you take but, by the moments that take your breath away”.

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Perhaps a little preview of what is coming in the next few months – this rabbit caught Scott’s attention from his desk. We were able to snap a few pictures before we were spotted and the bunny got jumpy.

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Don’t think some of us could stop ourselves from saying
“awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”

when this little cottontail started washing its face in the shelter of our lavender.

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Bring It On

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The picture above was taken before the sky let loose yesterday and shared some of its bounty.

We enjoyed the show of wind and water from our front row seats.

Some of us had this song going through their head as a perfect soundtrack (wink wink). Click on the link below if you would like this song stuck in your head as well.

You’re welcome.

Bring On The Rain

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beginning again…again

Like a new blank canvas that is ready for an onslaught of shapes and colors, our fields have been turned, disked, cleaned up and readied for their new pièce de résistance.

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They are now patiently waiting for the next planting, soaking up the rain we’ve received and the sun that comes after — a well deserved vacation from yielding so much.

 

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Presence/ts at the Plaza

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.

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With our wreaths, pepper berries and herb braids as centerpieces, the need for decorating is sated.

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We love our simple, rustic Creekside Farms sign that was made by a friend and treasured by us.

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Our beautiful, simple,  understated display.