Introducing Dahlia May Flower Farm
Dahlia May Flower Farm, founded in 2014, is a small family operation specializing in growing romantic and fragrant, often heirloom, varieties of flowers. Nestled in the beautiful rolling Murray Hills of southeastern Ontario, Dahlia May supplies fresh seasonal cut flowers and distinctive bouquets to farmers' markets and specialty shops the greater Quinte area. Every weekend from March-December the farm hosts a flower market at their popular on-farm Farmstand, where customers can purchase the most beautiful Ontario grown blooms. Dahlia May also offers floral design services, inspired by nature and changing with the seasons.
Surrounded by Vibrant Flowers
Years ago my parents farmed the very land I now cultivate. Their first wish was to grow their own food; before long they were supplying our local farmers' market with fresh produce. Between rows of tomatoes and beans were the inevitable patches of cut flowers, my father's favorites, and my personal joy. Already as a young child, I helped my father plant the seeds. There were bold sunflowers that would tower over me. Vibrant zinnias to surround me with color. Cheerful asters... Together we nurtured them and watched them grow. Later we worked side by side to pick them. I remember standing on a milk crate arranging this colorful harvest in tin cans lined up on the tailgate of our truck. I was hooked.
A Source of Comfort and Joy
Life circumstances changed when my mother became ill and my father began full-time work in a factory. I spent many hours at my grandmother's farm down the road where I wandered through fields picking wildflower bouquets for her and for my mother. Every June Grandma's back yard burst with peonies and I would delight in picking them. There were always flowers on our tables. On weekends my father and I would roll up our sleeves and delve back into our own garden. It was our refuge together, a source of comfort and joy, and a deep connection.
The Love of Growing Flowers
My dad was a man who understood the importance of having and creating beauty in our lives in spite of tough circumstances. Our relationship was deeply rooted in our love of growing flowers and was cultivated as we worked side by side. Our greatest joy lay in later being able to make bouquets of our flowers to bring to my mother. Another of my fondest childhood memories was listening to my father read to me. Not surprisingly, one of our all-time favorites was the story “Miss Rumphius,” the lupine lady of Nova Scotia. He read this delightful tale by Barbara Cooney to me hundreds of times. It resonated deeply for both of us with its abundance of flowers and its message of bringing beauty to the world. When my father passed away in 2012, my husband and I returned to the family farm. With my perennial awareness of how short life can be, I left my job as a floral designer to rediscover what flowers truly meant to me. I didn't know where this path would lead me; I was, however, certain that the best way to honor my father's memory was to find my true passion and live it. This journey, full of bumps and hurdles and unexpected turns, culminated in the founding of Dahlia May Flower Farm. I am back where it all began, farming lush and romantic cut flowers on our beautiful homestead, working out of our 1885 farmhouse. Many of these blooms are sold at the same Quinte West farmers' market where my parents sold their garden bounty all those years ago. Others may be found at farm markets and specialty stores throughout the area. https://www.instagram.com/p/BzrgLNglKrf/ We strive to grow high quality, long-lasting, and distinctive blooms. Our flowers connect people, create memories, and bring joy. As one of my customers shared with me: “Flowers make my heart happy, it's as simple as that.” At Dahlia May Flower Farm we are committed to cultivating happy hearts, and, like Miss Rumphius, making the world more beautiful.