The sun rises over @luftgardensfarm on a dewy, May day in Warwick, NY. The chickens are clucking for scratch, and the goats are prancing for breakfast. A field of fragrant black dirt is freshly plowed, and after farmer Jennifer Flis greets and feeds all her beloved animals, she checks on tiny, green, babies in the greenhouse. It has been a long 7 weeks of tending, and waiting; it’s finally time to plant the sprouts.
Weeks pass and it’s a misty daybreak; Jen looks out over a field of freshly opened blossoms; time to help Mother Nature. She and her partner go from blossom to blossom, carefully helping to spread pollen from male flowers to female flowers. Without this level of attention, they may not get the yield they need from the crop.
Spring stretches to summer, and the fluffy boughs grow lighter as fall creeps in. All the gourds must be harvested before the first snow, and then set to dry through winter. Eventually the husks will flake and will be gently removed, the insides are cleaned and the shell is smoothed. From there, the shell is sanded, polished, carefully pierce-carved, and finally a lantern or ornament is revealed, then brought to the Market.
Come see these amazing agricultural treasures at the Love Local Holiday Market this Thanksgiving weekend. You can meet the Luft Gardens Farmers and find all your local made holiday gifts at the Warwick Community Center at 11 Hamilton Avenue - Warwick, NY 10990.
Image Credit: Luft Gardens