AT THE FARM STAND Saturday September 22, 2017

PUMPKINS ARE HERE!  Boy are we lucky.  We've just received crates full of local pumpkins and boy are they just beautiful. 

We still have loads of our own field grown cut flowers.  Come check out our Dahlias in a variety of gorgeous colors as well as Sunflowers in traditional yellows, stunning reds and mixed flame petals, Zinnias andbrilliant purple Cosmos.  Bucket bouquets and vased arrangements are on tap for folks on the go. As always, feel free to MAKE YOUR OWN arrangements with our selection of contemporary and vintage Ball jars and pretty decorative ribbons!  

(And of course, don't forget to pick up some MAPLE SYRUP produced by Countryside Farm).

NEWS AND UPDATES FROM THE FARM

FIRST 2017 SEASON LAMBS ON THE GROUND (9/22/17)!:  It is always such a great way to start the day when new lambs greet you first thing in the morning!  Our girl Lily gave birth to this year's first set of twins.  We are so proud of her.  Not a peep was heard from the barn last night and we are so proud of our girl who has given us two very healthy and already bouncing baby lambs (and two ewes at that!).  Way to go Lily!!!

COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND VINTAGE & FARM GOODS TENT SALE (October 7 & 8, 9am-5pm, Rain or Shine):  The second annual TENT SALE will be held at the farm stand on Route 112 Columbus Day Weekend.  Come search for treasures, shop for flowers and pumpkins and say hello to the Sweethaven Farm Girls while enjoying free cider and cider donuts from Pine Hill Orchard and flower cupcakes from "Baked".  A detailed listing of items will be posted on the Sweethaven Farm Girl page one week prior to the event.  

SHF&F will be at the next  Windsor, MA Historical Society Farmers' Market on Sunday August 13, 2017. Stop by and say "HI!" to Mary, Lily and Erika while you are there and see some of our gorgeous bouquets from our gardens with greens and accents from other local flower producers from Western MA. 

DELIVERY NOW AVAILABLE for a fee on Wednesday's and Saturdays within Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire Counties.  Call the farm at 413-628-3947 by Monday for Wednesday delivery or Thursday for Saturday delivery or you can try us by chance for those last minute requests.

CUTTING GARDEN SERVICE:  Interested in a cutting garden of your own?  We are happy to help.  We can design, intall and create a garden for you which fits your taste and lifestyle.  Large or small.  Call or email if you would like to have your house filled with garden-to-vase flowers all season long!

SEASONAL HELP WANTED (Last Update - September 12, 2017):  SHF&F is always looking for hard-working folks who like the outdoors and have livestock (sheep and horses)/farm/garden experience to help with intermittent projects, plantings, weeding, livestock management and general farm chores.  If interested, please call the farm at 413-628-3947 or email: wells@sweethavenfarm.com.  Current and upcoming needs include:

Weeder and General Maintenance (Staking, Dead-Heading, etc.) - Approximately 8 hours per week through October and resuming in April/May 2018

Lawn & Garden Maintenance (Mowing/Weedwacking/Pruning/Pasture Management) - Approximately 8-10 hours per week through November

Fall Bulb Planters - 2 full days (4 days total) in September and October  This position has been filled.

Corm and Rhizome Harvesters - 2 full days in October

Farm Stand Help (General Stocking, Customer Service) - Columbus Day Weekend 4 full days (To include Set Up 10/7 and Take Down 10/10)  Still looking to round out our existing staff (a/o 9/14).

Delivery Person - Wednesdays (approximately 3 hours) beginning September through October 31, 2017 - This position was filled 8/31

Lambing Assistant/Shepherd - Call the farm for more details. 

Livestock & Horse Feeder & Daily Management - Monday through Thursday approximately 1-2 hours a.m. and 1-2 hours p.m. (Year Round)   

Farm Stand Opener and Closer - Monday through Thursday approximately 1-2 hours a.m. and 1-2 hours p.m. through October 31st 

2018 EXPANSION:  

Flowers:  SHF&F will be expanding its spring collection to include:  Papaver, Iris, Tulips, Crocosmia, Daffodils and Tuberose and will continue to have a large selection of Peonies in a variety of colors. Approximately 10,000 bulbs, tubers and rhizomes will be planted for spring and early summer blooms. In addition, new perennial beds of many new varieties for seasonal bouquets are being added on an on-going basis.  Today we added foxglove, penstemon, veronica, garden milkweed, coneflower, various hydrangea and a number of others for cutting.  We will keep you updated as we complete this fall's plantings.  

Lamb:  SHF&F is awaiting ultrasound results for fall born lambs at K Bar K barn.  In February of 2018 when their ewe lambs are weaned and are ready to travel, we will double the size of our starter flock from 8 to 16 breeding ewes.  While they won't be ready to breed until May 2019 when they reach our target maturity date of 18 months, we are looking forward to having some youngsters in the barn over the summer.  Look for more updates and pictures in early 2018.

Locally Grown Advisement:  Sweethaven Farm & Flowers is a seasonal grower and retailer of cut flowers. While we sell what we grow, we often source from other local producers and in the early season from more traditional floral suppliers.  "Local" often means that flower availability is dependent upon the growing conditions and therefore, the breadth of supply may be limited.  Please feel free to specify "locally grown" in your order.  We will do our best to accommodate your request, source through other local growers or refer you to a farm which more closely fits your needs.