What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basicallythis means you sign up in advance for weekly deliveries of agricultural products. In this case, you would be signing up for weekly bouquets of fresh cut flowers. All of these flowers are locally grown and seasonally available which allows you to watch the seasons change from week to week.
Who are you guys? Bleed Heart Floral Farm & Design is a small cut flower farm located in the Zumbro River Valley just outside of Mazeppa, MN. We use organic and sustainable farming practices to ensure premium quality cut flowers firmly rooted in time and place. We strongly believe in locally grown and seasonally available flora, ensuring the freshest blooms for you using floral design inspired by the beauty all around us on the farm.
How long do the shares run for? The shares run every month from June through mid-September. You have the option to choose whichever month you most love the flowers (i.e. peonies in June or dahlias in September). You also can choose multiple months to enjoy the changing flowers all summer long. Choosing multiple months also means you save money. Any order of 2+ months will receive 10% and all orders of 4 months will receive 15% off.
Where do I pick up my flowers? Pick up locations are Dunn Brothers Coffee & Provisions in Eagan (1012 Diffley Rd) on TUESDAYS from 9am to 1pm and Forager Restaurant & Brewery in Rochester (1005 6th Street NW) on THURSDAYS from noon to 5pm. Or if you are already receiving Pearson Organics vegetable CSA, add a bouquet on to that and pick both up at their farmstand in Rochester (2009 11th St SW) every other THURSDAY from 3-7pm.
How much does it cost and how big of a bouquet can I expect? Bouquets work out to be $20/week but signing up for multiple months means you will receive a discount--10% off for any 2+ months ordered, 15% off for all 4 months! Bouquets have 15-20 stems depending upon what is currently blooming.
Why are your flowers so expensive? Our CSA is competitively priced compared to other bouquet CSAs in the area. We don't want to undercut other local growers. This is the true cost of flowers. Flowers are not cheap to produce. We grow exclusively cut flowers, and we need to cover our costs in order to continue growing flowers in the future. Your money is supporting a small scale, family owned and operated farm using organic and sustainable agricultural practices. All of these things contribute to a little bit higher price point then you might see at farmer's markets or roadside stands.
How long can I expect a bouquet to last? Generally 5-7 days with proper cut flower care (i.e. getting them into water immediately, changing the water daily, etc). Some things such as zinnias, foxglove, and cosmos just don't have that long of a vase life (3-5 days) but they're so pretty we can't not add them into bouquets. Remove any stems that look wilted or sad as the week goes by!