COVID-19 and Our Farm

It has been a wild ride trying to navigate the world amidst a global pandemic. We would usually be popping up all around Chattanooga in our flower truck, the Blumenwagen. Instead all pop-ups are cancelled until further notice. We are trying to do our part with social distancing but also as a small farm, we are trying to survive. Thankfully to some creative brainstorming and from suggestions from our Chattanooga community, we have come up with a couple of different ways to responsibly keep supplying…

“Blumen Hemp” our new CBD Products right here in Chattanooga

We are proud to now offer our hemp to our customers! Grown right here on our farm, processed, and then packaged, we are one of the few farms that can offer high quality CBD products that are this fresh and really entail what it means to be “local”. Just like with our flowers, we grow our hemp organically. This year, for the 2019-2020 season, we grew the strains Cherry Wine and BaOx. To ensure quality, we tested our product several times through our local hemp…

Jette, Vesper, & Rowan

August. This summer has been crazy. This year was the first year selling flowers to the general public here in Chattanooga. Previously, we have just sold to florists for the last two years. This is also the first year the Blumenwagen has been on the road. The summer has absolutely flown by. It’s been hard learning to balance the work – being a mom – and life. So much love going out to all the working moms and dads! I suffer from mom-guilt or farm-guilt…

Our Mini Farmers

I wanted to take a second to talk about our “mini” farmers here at Joli Jardin. Each of them help in their own special way and we love encouraging our children to be outdoors and to appreciate nature. Currently we are homeschooling our kids, so a majority of our school days are actually spent outside! Meet Jette Monroe: Age 6, Favorite color: pink Favorite flower: celosia (brainflower!) Favorite place to travel: Mexico Meet Vesper Lily, Age: 18 months, Favorite show: Darkwing Duck Favorite word: daggle…

Early Spring Flowers

This post is to run down the flowers we are able to offer at the beginning of the season. Because of our hoop-house, we are able to have blooms as early as February, and sometimes as early as January! Our first blooms to blossom are narcissus (daffodils), hellebores (lenton roses), tulips, anemones, and ranunculus. We have began our flower season by having delivery days to downtown Chattanooga and on Signal Mountain. Pictures below are what is offered.

Blumenwagen

Chattanooga’s first flower truck! Meet the Blumenwagen! Which literally translates to “Flower Wagen” in German. Our flower wagen is a 1978 Mercedes T2 608d van. It has a lumbering slow and unstoppable 3.8L naturally aspirated diesel 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. It is roughly the same size and weight as a modern one-ton pickup truck but a much smaller turning radius. The van began life like many others at Mercedes, but went to another company called Rosenbauer just…

Life & Surprises

At the end of October 2017, life gave us a pretty good surprise. As a family we were getting used to life with a newborn again with Vesper and juggling all the duties a small farm requires. It was a happy time and even though my plans for the flower farm had been put on pause through this adjustment, it was totally worth it. Vesper was three months old and we had just gotten back from vacation. Honestly, I felt bloated and blamed it on…

Our journey to Chattanooga

Life has been a whirlwind these past few years. Some parts have been crazy stressful and some parts have been crazy tears of joy. And before I can began to tell you of how this farm idea started, we kind of have to go back to talk about how we ended up in Chattanooga. So here is our story.* Andrew and I were living in Cookeville, Tennessee when we first began dating. After one month of dating, we were hit with our first big obstacle:…