Photos and text by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.
Overview: The Big Picture
At Perry-winkle Farm, diversity is the name of the game. Every bed is usually planted in a different crop – flowers often alternate with vegetables, herbs, and cover crops. This mid-September view of the farm shows, from left to right, white and purple Gomphrena, mixed zinnias, and a millet cover crop.
Cathy and Mike grow about 240 different varieties of vegetables and cut flowers, plus warm- and cool-season cover crops.
Cathy with an armful of freshly cut zinnias. Zinnias are one of Cathy’s “workhorse” varieties – always dependable and spectacular. Cut flowers are one of the most profitable crops grown at the farm and they grow about 120 different varieties. They sell both growers’ bunches (all of the same variety) and mixed bouquets. They sell their flowers at the farmers’ markets, to restaurants, and for many special events, including weddings.
Early April view of mulched cool-season vegetable crops – from left to right, collards, broccoli, garlic, broccoli, and lettuce. Cathy and Mike sell at the farmers’ markets from March through December and aim to have a diversity of crops to harvest 9-10 months of the year!