There’s something magical about standing in the middle of sunflowers.
There were all types of sunflowers here at Sweetfield Farms in early May. Some had yellow faces and some had black faces. Some had big faces and small petals and some had small faces with long yellow petals. I grabbed a pair of clippers and went out to pick a bunch to take home but it was tough to decide which ones to pick. I ended up with a bunch of different ones.
Most of the faces had bees on them but when you clipped them the bees flew off. If you are really afraid of the bees, you can buy the ones in the barn that are already picked. Either way they were $2 a stem. I really didn’t feel like there were a lot of bees swarming around me though. There are plenty without bees as well.
There were other critters on them as well.
It was a beautiful morning out and I was loaded down as I was walking to the car with my camera, zinnias, sunflowers and a few vegetables I picked.
Every year I can’t wait to visit Sweetfield Farms in mid-May (although I missed 2020 for obvious reasons). Besides the sunflower fields, the farm has a lot of animals and activities going on during their festival.
They have rows of zinnias in all of the colors. You can pick them for $1 and I brought home a handful of them.
The one thing I noticed was there was a lot less butterflies here than last year. Maybe it was timing. Or lack of rain or too many pesticides? I was 2 weeks earlier than I went last year.
I’m not sure what these are but they were growing in the vegetable garden.
I know these yellow flowers are zucchinis. You could pick these as well and I took home a big one to saute in my spaghetti sauce.
I was watching the horses at the farm next door run around.
It’s always fun to feed the goats.
Just a boy and his turkey! He brought out some of the turkeys for people to pet. They were friendly although they don’t look like it.
But the main reason to come here is the sunflowers. I took a ton of pictures so more on those later.
It all starts here. Not quite yet blooming at Sweetfield Farms.
It’s somehow theraputic to walk around a sunflower field. They were in full bloom in mid-May. Most were blooming way over my head.
It was a perfect sunny day to take pictures of the yellow flowers (even though ti was a little warm)
Every one looks just a little different. Many had bees on them.
Someone had made a face out of this older flower. You could see the sunflowers seeds underneath. In the past you would just buy the flowers already picked at the barn on the way out but this time you could pick your own. They give you clippers and let you walk around and pick out the ones you want. One thing they said was to cut the flatter faces if possible. Those were fresher since the seeds hadn’t started to grow. As the flower gets older the seeds grow and the face bowls out. By the time it bowls out the yellow petals will fall off soon. Another thing is that they are heavy. I cut 5 big ones and was trying to carry by camera stuff and the zinnias I had cut before this. It was a long trip back to the car. This is where having Brett with me would have come in handy (although then I would have spent a small fortune). He was busy playing golf so I was on my own.
My stash when I got home.
I guess my love of sunflowers started early. We grew them in our backyard when I was growing up. They were always much smaller than the ones on the farm. This was me in the early 70’s.
I love going to see the sunflowers at Sweetfield Farms in the spring. Not just because there are fields of flowers but there’s also farm animals. They had baby goats when I visited in mid-May. They were so cute They would come right up to the fence and you could feed them hay. The kids were going crazy over them.
It’s always fun seeing the male turkey showing off when the female walked by.
And you know I love chickens.
They also have vegatables that you could pick. I think the zucchini blooms those yellow flowers.
A grasshopper on a leaf. I’m sure it’s not a good thing to have a grasshopper on your farm. Assuming a lot of them would eat through your plants.
I found a bluebird near the edge of the farm.
So many sunflowers. These were some of the smaller ones. More to come on those.
Hanging out with some goats at Sweetfield Farms during the Sunflower Festival.
The cows were being lazy.
Pigs are so lucky. They get to eat with their mouths wide open and don’t have to worry about manners. They can snort and grunt and don’t have to take baths. Don’t you wish you were a pig?
The main barn, where you can buy fresh cut flowers and vegetables. The crib in front of the door on the right had baby chicks. I had so much fun at the Sunflower festival that I really didn’t want to leave. But it was hot and I had chores waiting for me back home. They have a pumpkin patch in the fall so I may try to head up there in October (you know, along with everyone else in Tampa with the same idea).