We take excellence very seriously at Mars Hill, and one place you'll see it is in the precision of our beds. It takes a little imagination, but think of those stripes as aisles running between rows of gladiolus, ranunculas, sunflowers, cosmos, dahlias, and anemones, and you'll have a good idea of what spring will look like around here.
The perennial beds are going in toward the back of the property, as they will look pretty scraggly after they're cut, but when you come visit us in June, you'll see fields of riotous color from the annual beds next to the pavilion. We can't wait! And if you don't want to drive to Ferris, we'll deliver bouquets right to your door (certain zip codes only).
The cows left for the butcher a couple of weeks ago at 5:30 am, and the beef is now in the aging process. Apologies if that's a gruesome mental image, but we think you'll want to know that the number of stops between the farm and you is...one (NOT the case in commercial meat processing!). It will be ready in a few days, at which point it will take a ride in our refrigerated trailer to a pickup point in University Park, followed by a final stop at the farm for anyone who didn't make it to UP. If you haven't already ordered, now is the time! We are almost sold out of steaks, and the other boxes are going fast. We also have a buy-a-pound, give-a-pound option which sends fresh beef to Feed Thy Neighbor, a Dallas food bank.
We are currently in the process of hiring our first refugee farmer! We had a Syrian refugee set up to begin October 1, but at the last minute he decided to move his family to New York, so we have restarted our search with help from For the Nations Refugee Outreach. We've had interest from the Burmese community - traditionally farmers - as well as the Congolese community - traditionally shepherds - and are excited about the available candidates. We'll start with one full-time employee, and then staff up in the spring for harvesting, selling, and delivering the flowers and produce.
We also have had a couple of unexpected venue rentals - a TV commercial shoot and a party - and are looking into this as another form of revenue while we wait for our flowers to grow. Contact us if you're looking for a spectacular place for your next event!
And, don't forget about our bee removal services - Jonathan and Amos have been suiting up in all their gear to take unwanted hives from people's garages and re-home them on the farm. Keep an eye on the website for honey, coming soon!