Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Weekly News, 6.2.21

Hi friends,

I love yoga. I love yoga outdoors, in nature even better. I love it because is slows me down. It’s a chance to let go and let my soul catch up from the fast pace of life. A chance to meditate and focus on deep breathing. A chance to rejuvenate my mind, body and spirit.

Years back, I came across the quote by Dallas Willard in a book and it has stuck with me since. He said, “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Not an easy thing to do. Often times, hurrying is a necessary evil. Sometimes I overschedule myself and am rushing from one thing to the next. Or it’s spring time at the farm, (our busiest time of year), and there are never enough hours in a day. Thank goodness these seasons of rushing are temporary.

Not only is yoga good for slowing down, but so is gardening, right? If we take our time and are careful to mindfully do our gardening, it can be a healthy meditation itself. We can pay attention to every detail as we go– feeling the earth in our hands; taking in the sight of the plants or flowers; noticing the sounds that we hear as we work; tasting the fresh veggies, fruits and herbs that we harvest; enjoying the sweet fragrance of flowers; or admiring a bouquet that we assembled from a cutting garden. Likewise, escaping to the garden to simply sit and find stillness in the beauty that you created is a great way to slow down, ponder, reflect, and heal.

Here are your weekly updates–

  • we maintain a great perennial selection straight through to fall. We have a great selection now, and our greenhouse production staff is planting a fresh crop of perennials that will be available later this summer.
  • fresh tropicals arrived yesterday and today, including braided hibiscus trees, kimberly queen ferns, two huge palm trees, and some unique houseplants.
  • our current homegrown produce availability includes cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, microgreens, pea tendrils, and sunflower sprouts.
  • if you downloaded our mobile app, you’ll find a Reward for $2.00 off a bottle of Cedar Run Farms maple syrup or Maple Street Jam. Mix and match; no limit to how many. Thank you for supporting our local producers!
  • our food truck is open this Friday and Saturday from 11-4pm. Menu this week includes homemade tortilla chips with salsa, hummus or guacamole; beef or chicken tacos; quesadillas; brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze, and more! Mobile App Rewards can be redeemed for your food truck purchases.
  • Our wine tent will also be up this Friday and Saturday from 11-4pm with tastings, and wines available by the glass or bottle too. Grab a glass to enjoy while you shop!
  • a Fields to Fork wine dinner is now posted! Our guest chef will be Tyler England from DiAnoia’s EateryCheck it out here!
  • Brindabella roses are now on sale, Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • I mentioned this last week, but in case you missed it– the container gardens that we planted in February are just about gone! If you haven’t shopped yet though, no worries! We are still planting some up, and can even plant custom pots up for you. Click here to learn more.
  • there are only a few more Dahlia bulbs left for our summer competition.

Wishing you some slow-down time in the garden, (or in a yoga class) soon! Yes, you can do yoga. Just sitting and doing some deep breathing is technically yoga too!

Namaste (the light in me reflects the light in you),

Melanie

Plant Spotlight: Coneflower

Cheyenne Spirit
Coneflower, or Echinacea, is a popular perennial that comes in an assortment of cheerful colors. You can grow them in full sun, which is at least six hours of direct sun per day. Be sure to leave some spent blooms on the plants in the fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.

Pictured above is ‘Cheyenne Spirit’, a dynamic mixed color strain with an incredible color range which includes tomato red, near-fluorescent orange, magenta, golden yellow and white.

Fun Fact: The word “echinacea” comes from the Greek word “echinos” meaning “hedgehog”, referring to the flower’s spiky central cone.

Here is a list of some of the other varieties that we grew and that are available in store this week

Artisan Soft Orange
Artisan Red Ombre
Color Coded Orange You Awesome
Color Coded The Price is White
Green Twister
Magnus
Mellow Yellows
Pixie Meadowbrite
Poco Hot Coral
Poco Yellow
Pow Wow Wildberry
Rainbow Marcella
Sombrero Lemon Yellow
Sombrero Adobe Orange
Sombrero Baja Burgundy
Sombrero Sangrita
Sombrero Tres Amigos
Sombrero Lemon Yellow
Orange You Awesome
Green Twister
Pixie Meadowbrite
Sombrero Sangrita
The Price is White
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