Friday, July 3, 2015

BBQ Bouquets!

Going to a BBQ this weekend?  Bring your host/hostess a beautiful Blue Skys Farm bouquet!  Anyone can bring a potato salad to a BBQ but it is a special guest that brings flowers.

Thistle and Sunflowers
Statice 



Flowers in walk-in cooler.
Enjoy your weekend,

Farmer Kim

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - July 4th

Where we'll be:

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Saturday, 9am–12pm

starts July 9:
Thundermist West Warwick Farmers Market
186 Providence St, W. Warwick
Thursday, 3–6pm
Yes, we will be at the market on July 4th.  Be sure to stop by to pick up fresh produce for your BBQ and beautiful flowers for your table.  You can expect to see the following at this weeks' market:

Golden Beets (first of the season!)
Red Ace Beets
Cucumbers
Sugar Snap Peas (last of the season)
Kale
Collards
Baby Swiss Chard

Sunflowers
Gladiolus (first of the season!)
Statice
Larkspur
Scabiosa
Coneflower
Fresh Lavender 

Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - June 27th

Where we'll be:

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Saturday, 9am–12pm

Thundermist Woonsocket Farmers Market
450 Clinton St, Woonsocket
(inside lobby, 1st floor)
Tuesday, 3–6pm
(last one this week!)

starts July 9:
Thundermist West Warwick Farmers Market
186 Providence St, W. Warwick
Thursday, 3–6pm
We will be bringing the following items to market this week:

Cucumbers (first of the season!)
Golden Sweet Snow Peas (first of the season!)
Sugar Snap Peas
Kale
Collards
Baby Swiss Chard
Beets
Skyphos Lettuce
Salad Turnips

Sunflowers
Statice
Larkspur (first of the season!)
Scabiosa
Coneflower (first of the season!)
Fresh Lavender

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This week at the farm:

The harvesting of lavender continues.  Once again we will be bringing fresh-cut lavender to market.  It will be the last time this year, so be sure to get to the market early to be sure that we do not sell out.  The 'bonus' of fresh-cut lavender is that once the blossoms start to wilt, you can just hang them upside down and dry them. 

The key to harvesting lavender is to wait until the blossoms just start to open.  How do you know that when the blossoms are opening?  Look for bees.  If there are bees flying about, the blossoms have opened.  Luckily the bees are happy to share access to these beautiful flowers.  


We have some crops that will be ready in a few weeks or so (Mother Nature dependent of course!).  Here are just a few:
Summer Squash
Carrots
Golden Beets
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Wondering what you can do with collards?  Here are a few ideas:

Braised Greens & Cannellini Bean Panini
Pasta with Collard Greens and Onions
Southern-Style Collard Greens

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See you at the market!

Farmer Kim

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - June 20th

Where we'll be:

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Saturday, 9am–12pm

Thundermist Health Center Farmers Market
450 Clinton St, Woonsocket
(inside lobby, 1st floor)
Tuesday, 3–6pm
We will be bringing the following items to the Farmer's Market this weekend:

Beets (first of the season!)
Baby Swiss Chard (first of the season!)
Kale
Collards
Lettuce Mix
Arugula
Salad Turnips

Fresh Lavender (first of the season!)
Peonies (last of the season)
Sunflowers
Statice
Scabiosa
Foxtail Lily
Day Lily
Delphinium

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This week at the farm:  

So happy to have a great day of rain on Monday and wonderful temperatures in the mid-70's throughout the week.  It has been a week full of a lot of planting.  Sam has been busy planting sunflowers in the field behind the hoop houses and Jared  has planted almost half of the rows available in the upper field  The flowers have been coming up to speed this week and Christina has been busy harvesting these beauties. 

Delphinium





Foxtail Lily 

Day Lily
Sunflower
Lavender
Cone Flower
Statice and Borage

Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim



Lavender Mania! (with cold-brewed lavender lemonade recipe, using our lavender and local raw honey)

That's right: We love lavender!

Here's some lavender de Provence on our farm, just a few days till harvesting.

All About Lavender

  • Lavender is a common medicinal plant. It aids in sleep and relaxation, helps inflammation, and inspires creativity (so we've heard).
  • In food, lavender lends a floral and slightly sweet flavor to dishes.
Fun facts about lavender:
  • It was one of the holy herbs used in the biblical Temple to prepare the holy essence.
  • In medieval times, powdered lavender was used as a condiment.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe


Our friend Vanessa Query over at They Call Me Oystergirl made a delicious, seasonally-appropriate lavender lemonade using our dried lavender and local raw honey.

Here are the ingredients for her lavender lemonade with raw honey:
  • 1 tablespoon of lavender flowers
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2-3 lemons
  • another 2 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of honey (ideally raw and local)
What's special about her recipe is that it is completely cold-brewed. Even the honey is stirred in cold, which keeps it raw and maintains its enzymes.

Click here for the full lavender lemonade recipe.

Looking for more to do with our lavender? Check out Cool Things to Make with Fresh Lavender.