What am I? Aren’t I just the cutest? I am your host for the Farm Tour taken recently during the National Garden Festival. It was a Motor Coach Tour complete with a great boxed lunch on Friday, July 19th. We toured local farm country in Eden, NY. The tourists went by bus and that is me in front of the big motor coach with my human dad. We also went where there are flowers, of course. The flower farm we visited you will see in this post, but also visited a beautiful garden at the home of a blueberry farmer. Mmmm, blueberries. That will be coming up in a future post. Let’s start where I live… I am part of a herd of Alpacas at a local alpaca farm here in Western New York. Meet my family… or at least this is us boys at Eden Valley Alpacas. I happen to live with peacocks… and chickens too. The handsome black rooster has the eye of the white chicken. They did have a “rendezvous” behind the barn door. Those frisky chickens have no manners, we had company! Next we go to a farmer’s market selling all fresh, locally grown produce, part of a grower’s cooperative, Eden Valley Growers, Inc.. Does the food not look great? They sold plants too… mmmm, blueberries. I loped over to the flower farm to see what was growing at Henry’s Gardens. I think it is the largest cut flower farm in our area. You can see they sell potted plants for the garden too. As a ruminant, those flowers are mighty tasty and would not last long at my farm. The owner was a really nice lady and oh so talented… she offered water to the visitors, but did not offer me a single flower bud. Young buds are the best too. I was really impressed with the fields and fields of flowers. They are cut and put into arrangements to sell wholesale to local grocery stores, such as Wegmans. My fur is sold too, but not to a grocery store. That is why I look so naked. Like my ‘do? All the cool alpacas sport one. They were kind enough to take us out into the fields of flowers, but we had to take smaller transportation. I snipped off a few buds when they weren’t looking. Yummm. Flowers and flowers as far as one could see… and speaking of flowers, I hope you enjoyed this tour. Coming up is a place you all may enjoy if you love flowers. It is home to the 2012 Specialty Annual Trial Gardens, a University Trial Garden. You get to view specialty cultivars grown and evaluated for next year’s retail sales. Plants grown are from all over the world and from the four largest horticultural companies. People in the local area come and vote for plants they want to see in the retail market. I go by taste, but just saying… I hear it is a fun, scenic and colorful place along the Buffalo waterfront. A little far for my padded feet to travel. It is much different from a cut flower farm though. Here reliable flowers are grown to last in a vase. The flowers are cut daily and shipped all around Western New York to liven up homes, business and make a joyous occasion for events. One more Motor Coach Tour happens on August 3rd, called Beyond the Flowers. “Join us for a guided tour of seven spots where community has worked with Mother Nature, not against her, marking the new green approach in Buffalo’s neighborhoods.” I hear there is a tilapia farm and compost operation on this tour. I myself proudly make a lot of fertilizer. I guess those fish do too! Next post, my photographer was chasing around a flying butterfly. I bet that was funny… she was chasing around the chickens here. That is how she was privy to the chicken hanky panky.
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