If I was asked 10 years ago if I was ever going to become a peony farmer my answer would have been no. Not in my wildest dreams. Especially after having two daughters, watching them grow up, get married, have children of their own and having new chapters of my own life. Sometimes I wonder "what happened to my life that made me want to become a farmer?" The truth is retirement. I could not sit idle and what a wonderful experience learning to farm has been.
Sometimes I am encrusted head to toe with dirt, the icky smell of bug dope permeating all my clothes. I really look like Farmer Betty with my knee pads, gloves, and sun hat. If I am really lucky I am able to wear my sandals if the weather is nice. Even when it is raining it is still better than being inside. It is an amazing amount of physical work and lots of mental work and planning. I must say in the summers I sleep like a baby. Actually I am too exhausted not to but it is the greatest feeling. I love being outside and working in the soil and at the end of the day I love looking at my FitBit and seeing how many steps I have taken.
Alaska peonies are the only ones available in July, August, and September. We have wonderful long summer days with amazing hours of daylight in which our peonies thrive. Their growth is phenomenal in our short season. With our harsh winters who would have thought a bud starting out so small could flourish with gusto in such a short time. At a little over 1200 feet in elevation our peonies are picked later; which is normally late July or early August through September.
Our farm is located on the Kenai Peninsula 6 miles from Homer on Diamond Ridge where we have an incredible view of Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet. We are long time Alaskans that relocated here when we were young (fresh out of school). We stayed and carved out our little family farm on the Ridge.
We have approximately 8000 peonies in the ground where they are lovingly taken care of each year. All our peonies are grown organically and processed with the utmost care from when they are cut in the field, graded, packaged and shipped overnight to you by Fed-Ex. There is a saying that Fed-Ex likes to use, "we are 9 ½ hours away from anywhere and everywhere, " ensuring that your peonies will arrive on time and be as fresh as possible.
If you are in the area we would love to show you our farm. Please call ahead so we will be sure to be available.
We are a family farm located in Homer, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. At a little over 1200 feet in elevation, we have a beautiful view of Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet. Our varieties of peonies will be available from late July through September or later depending on the length of our growing season which varies from year to year.
Our peonies are shipped fresh from the farm to the Lower 48 with Fed-Ex overnight. We are committed to selling the absolute best quality Alaska grown peonies by using farming practices that respect our environment. We are members of the Alaska Peony Growers Association, Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Alaska Farm Bureau, American Peony Society and Alaska Peony Marketing Group.