Have you ever eaten a fresh strawberry in June, or tasted the first of the spring greens out of your own vegetable garden? Did your mom or grandma ever grow the most delicate, fragrant garden roses or a sunflower the size of your face? The feeling you get from these experiences it greatly different than tasting a strawberry in January, or purchasing a bouquet of zinnias in December. You can see, taste, and smell the difference immediately.
The Pacific Northwest is an incredible place to live, especially on San Juan Island. Here at Ryan Farm, we are inspired by the seasons, and our natural surroundings. Our hedgerows are lined with nootka rose, willows and snowberries and the forests lend us many bunches of salal and salmon berries. All of these plants thrive on San Juan Island, and we want to grow plants and vegetables that do the same. Our arrangements reflect the seasonal beauty of our island.
The arrangments that we create are free of any pesticides, so they are safe to touch and smell! We usually harvest our flowers one to two days before an event, giving them excellent vase life. Compare this to the majority of the world's flowers that are heavily coated in pesticides just to survive a long flight from South America, Europe, Africa and/or Asia. Then, add on more pesticide just to have it last when it reaches your vase! Our goal is to leave our fields better that we found them. We plant when there is enough daylight to germinate our seeds which steers us away from heated greenhouses, and use cover crop on our fields in lieu of synthetic fertilizers. We invest in the health of our soil with hope that it will return an abundance of flowers throughout the season.
We have been given an incredible amount of support throughout our farming and business endeavors, and it is our intention to pay it forward. Our focus is, and will always be, to keep it local. When we cannot meet the full floral demands of our clients, we source additional material from other local farms. We've formed wonderful relationships with other growers throughout western Washington, and by sharing resources, we are helping the local food and flower movement push onward.