I am once again behind on the blog schedule. I was supposed to get this out for the first of the year, but as you can see that did not happen. It may be past Christmas season, but I hope you’ll enjoy this nonetheless, and read what’s coming up this spring!
This Christmas season was the first time Storm Farm sold Christmas trees. Like many projects I start on the farm, I underestimated the amount of time it would take. It all happened kind of quickly. One minute, we were sad we weren’t going to be able to find any trees, and then, bam! 500 trees were on their way. It was overwhelming and daunting, but I knew that is was something I really wanted to do. With the help of friends, family, and lots and lots of communication, we had them set up and ready to go. Not to say there weren’t mishaps along the way, like shipping, finding someone to truck them here, and then how do you go about unloading 500 Christmas trees? Even after we opened, there was so much I didn’t know, questions I couldn’t answer. For example: I had a pretty steep learning curve on types of christmas trees and will have a much better selection next year.* On the plus side, I have become an expert in tying trees to the top of cars. Through it all, we made it happen, and it was so worth it. I am so grateful to live in a wonderful community that helped make all of this happen. So while now I know a little bit more, hopefully next year will be even better!
I have to add: selling Christmas trees is a lot of fun! SO MUCH FUN! For those of you who don’t know: I love Christmas, especially the stories and traditions**. This created such a unique opportunity to be a part of your Christmas. I loved getting to help people celebrate Christmas and finding the perfect tree for them. While looking at trees, many people share personal Christmas traditions. Learning all the ways people spend time with family and friends is very special. Everyone’s Christmas looks a little bit different, and I felt very special to be included in them. I am looking forward to doing it again next year. I hope those of you who came out this year will come again next year.
Aside: Howdy, Madelynn here, I just want to thank everyone that came out and made this so wonderful. My sister didn’t know what to expect, but the love, joy, and support she encountered was amazing. So thank you for it all, seeing a smile on her face and listening to her stories was gift in of itself.
So, what’s next? When I wasn’t selling Christmas trees*** I was preparing the center field than planting it full of tulips. Yes, your read that right a Field of Tulips! We have planted 42,000 tulips, and we can’t wait for them to bloom. This is the second year Storm Farms has grown tulips for Pick Your Own Tulips. They were a hit last year, and we have added new colors this year. Because of you, I can’t wait to see an entire field in bloom! How often to get to see something like that? Let alone, be the one to prepare the earth, plant them, and watch the colors emerge?! I’m excited. Can you tell? Now I must say, my favorite are the double tulips. They look like peonies. We will open in the beginning of March, so you can pick your favorite! Feel free to come out and take pictures, bring your family, your pets! This is a place for the community.
So until then,
*Did you know that most christmas tree farms (the farms that grow the trees not the one who sell them) sell out off christmas trees by March? Yeah I didn’t know that either.
**There is a collection of books called “Christmas in My Heart”. Each book has many stories, some true, some not. I have read almost all of them..many more than once.
***or drinking my body weight in hot chocolate, because we had free hot chocolate while you look for the perfect tree.