6.26.16

Happy anniversary of the first month of your CSA! 

We’ve had a few inquiries in the last week about how to keep your flowers fresh for longer. So we did a little bit of Googling and wanted to share our research on the care and keeping of cut flowers. Thank you so much for wanting to take care of what we’ve worked so hard to bring to you. We love how much you love your poseys, bouquets, and buckets! 

The easiest way to keep your flowers fresh is to keep them somewhere cool and to change their water regularly, anywhere from every day to every 3 days. They love having fresh water! 

You can also include a DIY plant food as you’re changing out the water in your vase. The simplest way is to add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar to your water. Another option is to mix one part lemon-lime soda (i.e Sprite) with three parts water; these drinks have the proper proportions of sugar and acidity, so be sure not to use the diet version. A third option is, to a quart of water, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon bleach. 

To help your flowers absorb their food, you can trim their stems at an angle so they take in as much water as possible. Be sure that there are no leaves under the water line, as these can cloud the water and lead to mold. 

On a more logistical note, the Fourth of July holiday is coming up, and we need to hear from Monday subscribers about when you want to get your flowers. Our host businesses are taking the day off, and so are we. Would you rather receive your flowers this Friday (July 1) or next Friday, July 8 (so you would have flowers on Monday and Friday of the next week)?  Another option is to have your share for the week donated to the nursing home in Canton. Please let us know when you pick up your share tomorrow (or by Wednesday of this week). 

Extra special thanks to everyone who has posted and tagged us on social media and to everyone who has dutifully returned your buckets and jars! You all get gold stars in our book! 

Gratefully, 

Little Bluestem Farm