As the 2016 growing season comes to a close I thought I would write a few reflections. I am still pinching myself most mornings when I rise with the sun and walk the rows. It's my morning routine, hot tea in hand and a stroll to see what has changed overnight. My rose walk is my most sacred and special time with God. It's my time to say Thank you. Never did I imagine all that would transpire over the last 3 years. This year we have been blessed to expand our customer base to incredible floral creatives in Columbus, Ohio, our state's capitol, and also in Cincinnati who continues to be so good to us. In addition, we were honored to work with local, historic Indian Creek Distillery at Staley Mill Farm and artisan mixologist, Sailor Retro, who created rose water and invented a seasonal rose infused cocktail. Our roses also made their debut at local boutique bakery, Sweet by Kristy and were featured in cupcakes and cookies…rose buttercream and rose petal sugar?! Yes, please!! A very talented watercolor artist, Rajovilla, used our roses in a watercolor design study with students who came to paint them and learn her technique. For the first time our roses were entered into our local Miami County Fair Flower Show and won ribbons for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Best of Show. Finally, we also hosted our first Twilight U-Cut for florists. They came, gathered roses, enjoyed some floral fellowship and noshed on Sweet by Kristy's yummy Orange Honey Rose cupcakes. So.Much.Abundance. So.Much.Gratitude.
Moving forward, I'm looking forward to the change of seasons and time spent in my kitchen cooking for my family, making bath teas with our dried herbs and rose petals, and planning for next year. I end this reflection, humbled, and most thankful for the outpouring of support from our local flower community. In the 1950's my great grandfather, Charles Dewey, owned a grocery store, Dewey's Market, in downtown Troy, my hometown. Above the door was a sign (yes, I have it. :)) that read "Through these portals pass our customers, our friends." My family and I want to say….. Thank you, Friends.