Sunny Mary Meadow Podcast

by Liz Fiedler

The Sunny Mary Meadow podcast is hosted by Liz Fiedler, a nurse practitioner turned flower farmer in central MN. Learn tips and tricks for growing and selling cut flowers. Located in Zone 4B, the shorter growing season offers some challenges. Her farm, Sunny Mary Meadow (www.sunnymarymeadow.com) specializes ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Flower Farmer Forum Featured Flower Farmer Friday - Ranchy Stems

    Flower Farmer Forum Featured Flower Farmer Friday - Ranchy Stems

    The Flower Farmer Forum Featured Flower Farmer Friday is a series of interviews with flower farmers who are doing things differently. The first episode features Katie and Audra from Ranchy Stems in South Dakota. They discuss their journey into flower farming, their initial struggles with selling at farmers markets, and their shift towards agritourism. Their why for starting a flower farm includes the desire for freedom and financial stability, as well as a love for flowers. They also emphasize the importance of finding a niche and adjusting their business model based on market demand. Audra and Katie discuss their love for flowers and their journey in starting Ranchy Stems, a flower farm in rural South Dakota. They talk about the challenges they faced, the importance of communication and record-keeping, and the value of learning from failures. Audra and Katie also share their plans for the future, including subscriptions, nursing home sponsorships, and on-farm events. They emphasize the need to have a sense of purpose and to be confident in one's abilities. Follow Ranchy Stems: https://www.instagram.com/ranchystems/ Quickbooks: https://quickbooks.partnerlinks.io/0o09r7rqoau4 Podcast website: www.sunnymarymeadowcoaching.com Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnymarymeadow/ Sunny Mary Meadow flower farm (www.sunnymarymeadow.com) specializes in bouquet subscriptions, stem bars, and a you-pick flower farm experience. Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/888196709178852

  • Overwintering Ranunculus in Zone 4B: My Journey and Lessons Learned

    Overwintering Ranunculus in Zone 4B: My Journey and Lessons Learned

    In this episode, Liz discusses her experience growing ranunculus in zone 4B. She shares her methods for pre-sprouting the corms, planting them in the high tunnel, and overwintering them. Liz also talks about the importance of using high tunnels in colder climates and the challenges she faced with saving and replanting the corms. She concludes by mentioning her plans for the upcoming year and the changes she will make to her subscription offerings. Takeaways Ranunculus can be successfully grown in zone 4B with the use of a high tunnel. Pre-sprouting the corms and planting them in trays or directly in the ground can yield good results. Overwintering ranunculus is possible but requires careful storage and selection of healthy corms. Soil health is important for successful ranunculus cultivation, and cover crops can help improve it. Consider the timing of ranunculus blooms when planning subscriptions or sales. Selling ranunculus at a premium price is justified due to the high demand and cost of wholesale corms. Quickbooks: https://quickbooks.partnerlinks.io/0o09r7rqoau4 Podcast website: www.sunnymarymeadowcoaching.com Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnymarymeadow/ Sunny Mary Meadow flower farm (www.sunnymarymeadow.com) specializes in bouquet subscriptions, stem bars, and a you-pick flower farm experience. Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/888196709178852

  • Cut Flower Farming Must Have: Storage Coolers with Julia from CoolBot

    Cut Flower Farming Must Have: Storage Coolers with Julia from CoolBot

    $25 off code: https://storeitcold.referralrock.com/l/6R543BWF/ In this episode of the Sunny Mary Meadow podcast, Liz Fiedler discusses flower coolers and cooling solutions for small businesses with Julia DeGennaro from CoolBot. They cover topics such as the use of floral coolers, the importance of coolers for flower storage, retrofitting coolers, and the basics of building a cooler. Julia also explains the Coolbot and its capabilities, as well as the different types of coolers and their setup considerations. The conversation covers the importance of cool storage for flowers, the options for building or buying a cooler, and the considerations for mobile coolers. It also delves into the impact of temperature on flower storage and the referral program for Coolbot. Takeaways The use of floral coolers is instrumental in the efficient storage and preservation of flowers for small businesses. Retrofitting coolers with the Coolbot controller can be a cost-effective solution for businesses facing compressor issues. Understanding the basics of building a cooler, including setup considerations and humidity levels, is essential for businesses looking to create their own cooling solutions. The importance of cool storage for flowers, especially for flower farmers and florists. Considerations for building or buying a floral cooler, including the options for mobile coolers. The impact of temperature on flower storage and the referral program for Coolbot. CoolBot: https://www.storeitcold.com/ Quickbooks: https://quickbooks.partnerlinks.io/0o09r7rqoau4 Podcast website: www.sunnymarymeadowcoaching.com Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnymarymeadow/ Sunny Mary Meadow flower farm (www.sunnymarymeadow.com) specializes in bouquet subscriptions, stem bars, and a you-pick flower farm experience. Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/888196709178852

  • Farmer Florist Bootcamp July 8 & 9 with Jeni Becht

    Farmer Florist Bootcamp July 8 & 9 with Jeni Becht

    More information on Farmer Florist Boot Camp and the link to sign up: https://www.sunnymarymeadowcoaching.com/joinus-32544a52-8c39-4821-b321-b3548312c38e Check out Jeni: https://www.thefloralhustle.com/ Quickbooks: https://quickbooks.partnerlinks.io/0o09r7rqoau4 Podcast website: www.sunnymarymeadowcoaching.com Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnymarymeadow/ Sunny Mary Meadow flower farm (www.sunnymarymeadow.com) specializes in bouquet subscriptions, stem bars, and a you-pick flower farm experience. Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/888196709178852

  • The Importance of Rest and Recovery When it Comes to Running Your Business

    The Importance of Rest and Recovery When it Comes to Running Your Business

    In this episode, Liz discusses the importance of rest and recovery in business. She emphasizes that running a business is not a solo endeavor and shares her experience of having a team to help her. Liz talks about the dangers of trying to do too much and the importance of finding a balance between work and personal life. She also explores the role of rest in enhancing productivity, maintaining physical and mental health, fostering creativity, and making informed decisions. Liz encourages listeners to prioritize rest and incorporate it into their business plans. Takeaways Running a business is not a solo endeavor; having a team to help is important. Trying to do too much can lead to burnout; finding a balance is crucial. Rest and recovery enhance productivity and maintain physical and mental health. Rest fosters creativity and improves decision-making. Incorporating rest into your routine and setting boundaries is essential for long-term success and well-being. Quickbooks: https://quickbooks.partnerlinks.io/0o09r7rqoau4 Podcast website: www.sunnymarymeadowcoaching.com Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnymarymeadow/ Sunny Mary Meadow flower farm (www.sunnymarymeadow.com) specializes in bouquet subscriptions, stem bars, and a you-pick flower farm experience. Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/888196709178852