I have to admit, I’m not much of a zinnia fan—especially the short-stemmed, prissy-looking ones. Planted in one shade, cast off to the side as a border, I just don’t think they’re very pretty. And aren’t flowers supposed to be pretty? But a local farm proved my assumptions all wrong…
I’m a Facebook fan of the farm/farm market just down the street from my apartment, and on Tuesday I saw an update—”pick-your-own zinnias, 20 for $1″ What!?! I exclaimed (in my head, I do work in an office after all). 20 flowers for a buck? And all I have to do is cut them myself? Count me in.
I went to the farm after work and set out to get my bargain buds. I was taken aback by how beautiful it was, fields and fields of zinnias. Each flower had so many petals, and the colors were so rich and beautiful. The 95° heat, my espadrille wedges, and a severe lack of bug spray not withstanding, I had a great time. I learned that tall, prolific zinnias that are allowed to grow in their own field can be quite pretty. It may not have been the easiest bargain I’ve ever earned, but it sure was fun. I can’t wait to go back next Tuesday to gather my next 20 zinnias.
When I got home, I had too many zinnias for one vase. So I arranged the pink and white zinnias in a more elegant arrangement in a crystal pitcher. I cut the bright ones shorter and arranged them in a mason jar. Zinnias—both fancy and casual!
If you live in the Philadelphia area, check this farm market out. They are supplied with local produce, and have hormone-free meat and dairy products as well. MapleAcresFarmMarket.com