Thinking Spring!

It's finally here: SPRING!  The flowers are blooming in my low tunnels and in the yard. Daffodils, tulips, anemones, and hyacinth; with ranunculus, flowering branches, and poppies right behind.  It's like a crescendo of flowers building up to the summer profusion of blooms!

The farm has been demanding more work this Spring with the early-blooming varieties I planted last fall and all of the seedlings I started in February.  This is on top of having another part-time job outside of the home and being a mama to my little one.  It's enough to make my head spin some days!  I try to "fit it all in" and "get everything done", but it just doesn't happen most days. I was beginning to get down on myself about it.  Social media wasn't helping either.  "How do they get it all done?  How do they afford it?  Do they ever NOT look amazing?  I should be able to...." and fill in that blank with what you like!  Whoa! It's very easy for me to go down that road of self-chastisement eventually landing on the doorstep of depression. 

Let's just not.  

I took a firm hold on reality and went out into the garden to knock some sense into my skull. Standing there in my new Muck boots (see! LUCKY!) I did a quick and dirty assessment of what I have going now compared to last year.  And you know what?? I had nothing blooming or growing this time of year in 2015!!  No farmer's market under my belt, no accounts set up for delivery, no name (seriously!), no weddings scheduled and no huge space for growing! 

A lot has changed since last March.  I met a bunch of awesome people through The Land Connection Farmers Market. (Especially my girl crush Kaya at Hopscotch!)  My space doubled.  I provided weekly flowers for V Picasso the whole summer.  I won a giveaway from Modern Prairie Woman.  Old Town Flowers was born!  Flowers grew and so did opportunities.  

I'm looking for that open feeling, cultivating it, in fact.  Ever notice how when you let go, it just seems to go easier?  As a certified control freak it's hard for me to do this!  This doesn't mean I can't be organized: dream, plan, execute.  Dot my i's and cross my t's.  But when it comes to the big UNIVERSE feeling of control: give in, let go, tune in and watch it roll!  And speaking of watching it roll...

Events coming soon...

April 5th--7-9pm--Red Herring Restaurant
Herbal body care class.  Learn how to make a spring tonic, muscle soak/rub and other body care products.  Participate, learn and take home a sample!  Contact to sign up!  Price: $5-$10 donation.

April 9th--12-5pm--In the back of Pizza M
Local artisan pop up.  Work from Michael Hannah, Elizabeth Simpson, Lara Orr and myself. Pottery, screen prints, textiles, flowers and general wonderful art will abound!

July and August--times and locations TBA
Cut flower workshops.  Students will learn the basics of creating and maintaining a cut flower patch with special attention given to flowers that do well in central IL climate.  Then we'll dive into arranging centerpieces for students to take home. Come experience the joy of local flowers while sipping wine and snacking on Hopscotch yummies during this workshop!   Price: ~$125 per person.  (Sign up coming soon!)

Summer 2016--times and dates TBA
Classes at the Common Ground Coop: Homemade Butter, Herbal Body Care, and Homemade Cleaning Products

Joan Jach