COVID-19 Response


This is the time of year when the ducks are really ramping up production – both in terms of number and size of eggs. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

Hi Everyone,
I am updating this on May 25. I hope you are staying safe and healthy. With everything changing so rapidly, I wanted to give you an update of some of the changes I’m making with the farm and nursery.

I have decided not to attend the farmers market for the rest of the year. This was a difficult decision and in the end had to be based on the numbers. The sacrifices we’ve all had to make due to COVID-19 haven’t been easy for any of us and many small businesses and non-profits are struggling with the consequences of those sacrifices. My business and the farmers market I attend have both felt those impacts. When my market had to increase vendor fees in order to try to meet their financial commitments, I had to walk away in order to give my business its best chance at financially surviving another year.

Yellow wingstem is one of the many native wildflower species that I currently have available. It blooms from August to October and is highly attractive to all kinds of pollinators. Beekeepers might be interested to know that some references refer to it as the golden honey plant. Photo credit: Fritzflohrreynolds, cc-by-sa 3.0

However, I still have lots of native plants and duck eggs available for sale. Many of the eggs I am getting now are approximately 3 oz each, with a few giant ones that are 3.5 oz or a little more. That means a dozen duck eggs right now could weigh over 3 pounds! The nursery is also growing rapidly. I have approximately 50 species of native wildflowers, native vines, and native trees / shrubs that are either ready to sell now or will be ready in the next few weeks. All of them are ones that I’ve grown from seed and have had no pesticides of any kind applied to them. Several species are new this year. Also new this year, are some overwintered plants that I started last year so that I could offer more mature specimens this year in addition to the seedlings that I usually offer. Hopefully in July I’ll also have a new crop of honey for sale. (I’m sold out of my 2019 honey.)

Cardinal flower is an absolute hummingbird magnet. It needs pretty moist soil but but will do fine near your downspout or in a rain garden or in a garden bed that you already water on a regular basis. Photo credit: Dr. Thomas G Barnes / USFWS, public domain

I am, therefore, continuing to do pre-paid, contact-free drop-offs in Bowling Green and Glasgow once every 2-3 weeks. If I can get enough orders in one location, I would also consider doing drop-offs in other cities. I’ll post drop-off information on my Facebook page and on this page of my website. I may also do some occasional extra blogs and associated emails with the information. I am happy to spend as much time as you need answering questions about the plants, what pollinators they attract, which ones might work best in your yard, etc. All you have to do is contact me. This also lets us have those conversations in a manner that keeps all of us safe and healthy.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you can help me share this information with others who might be interested, I would greatly appreciate it. In the meantime, I hope you and your family are able to stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes,
Shannon

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Tiger swallowtail on a cup plant. Bees and butterflies of all kinds love cup plant, but it can be highly aggressive in garden settings. It needs room to spread or lots of competition from other plants. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved.