Midsommar Farm is a family-owned flower farm at the base of Short Hill Mountain in Lovettsville, Virginia. We are Certified Naturally Grown which means that we use organic methods and do not use harsh chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. We grow using sustainable methods that nurture the soil (we are very fond of worms) and we hand cut fresh blooms right before they are brought to the local market.
Our flowers include peony, dahlia, sunflower, tulips, coneflower, lilac and lavender. We are passionate about natural healthy garden flowers and feel that there is nothing more “ho-hum” than wilted chemically treated flowers from the grocery store. Our flowers are not only beautiful and fresh, but safe to sniff!
The name Midsommar comes from the Swedish agrarian culture of the 1500s, Midsommar (Midsummer in English) celebrations were held to welcome the Summer solstice and the season of fertility.
Swedes considered the solstice to be a time of magic in the natural world. Therefore, anything to do with nature was thought to have a special power. Gathering flowers to weave into wreaths and crowns was a way to harness nature's magic and ensure good health throughout the year. It was also believed that if unmarried girls picked seven types of flowers and placed them under their pillows they would dream of their future husbands. Early celebrants dressed as ‘green men’, clad in ferns, decorated their houses and farm tools with foliage, and raised tall, leafy maypoles to dance around.
Modern Swedes remain well attuned to the rhythms of nature. Midsommar is celebrated in the countryside with large gatherings. In many cases, whole families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer. Many people begin the first day of the holiday by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole, a key symbol in the celebrations. When the maypole is raised the celebration and joy of summer begin in earnest.
That joy and magic of life and new beginnings is what we here at Midsommar Farm hope to provide through delivery of our naturally grown, freshly cut flowers.
All of our flowers are hand cut and fresh. We supply locally, so our flowers never travel more than 60 miles to get from our field to you. We like to sell flowers by the stem so that you can create your own masterpiece using your favorite blooms and colors, and are in complete control of size and budget. We invite you to try this beautiful, natural alternative to the traditional floral industry. You won’t be disappointed
We grow our annuals from non-treated seed in an organic seed-starting mix with a little vermicompost (worm poop) from our worm breeding facility. Seeds are started under grow lights in the late winter and early spring, and transplanted to the field after all danger of frost. Our field is prepared by tilling in organic leaf compost, lime, and bone meal, adding irrigation, and covering with a U-V weed fabric.
We generally limit treatment of our growing plants to a foliar spray of vermicompost tea which keeps the plants healthy and strong with lots of beneficial bacteria. Healthy plants are better able to resist pests and disease naturally. Weeds that sprout in the weed fabric openings are hand pulled. When required, we will treat for pests with an organic product such as NEEM oil
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