Thanks for coming to our 2017 

sunflower U-pick.


We will do it again next year.


Maybe the weather will be better

next year. See you then. Oct 2018


   



Picayune, Mississippi

www.coastalridgefarm.com

October  2017

Weather permitting, we will have U-pick sunflowers available this October. Come to the farm and enjoy the flowers, and take some home. 

Pick your own flowers are for sale. Admission required.

 Saturdays & Sundays & Wednesdays.

Picayune, Mississippi  (north Hancock county) 

Begins:  as soon as the flowers are ready. Check our Facebook page for updates.

Ends:  when the flowers are gone.

Prices:

Admissio​n:    $5  per person  (regardless of age)   Includes 5 sunflowers.

  Flower bucket:     $15  - 1 gallon container - (pick more stems and fill it up)

Designer Special:    $40 - 5 gallon bucket (fill it up)

Cash Only   No Pets

Important Facts:

This is a working farm, not a manicured park. The ground is rough and uneven. It is not wheelchair accessible. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. We do not spray for insects. The weeds are unavoidable, because of the rain this year. NO pets.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Bring:  gloves, bypass pruner (for cutting strong stems) sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, water, folding chair​(if you need to rest)

Bring a water tight container to take your flowers home. 

We have great sunflowers on tall plants (the leaves are scratchy), and we look forward to your visit. Come and see what a sunflower farm is like, and pick a bunch of flowers. 

Snap a few photos of you and your friends. Hope to see you in October.

Note:  These are for cut flowers. They do NOT produce a seed head.

Days & Hours:

Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday    8:00 am  -  6:00 pm

Beginning in October, when the flowers are ready, 

and ends when the flowers are gone. 

*  *  *  We are hoping to open October 14. It depends on the flowers. 

       Check our Facebook page for updates before you come!  Facts:

  27230 Road 221, Picayune, MS   39466


Located in north Hancock county, Mississippi.     Road 221 is off of Caesar Necaise Road.   (North of 603/53 junction )


Directions:


From Waveland & Bay St. Louis:  Go north on Hwy 603. Left on Hwy 43 for about 8.5 miles. Right on Leetown/Old Kiln Rd. Right on Caesar Necaise Rd for about 1/2 mile. Right on Road 221. If you come to White Cypress Lakes you've gone too far.


From Gulfport area:  Hwy 49 north to Lyman. Left on 53, left on 603 for 1 mile. Right on Caesar Necaise Rd (car wash) for 6 miles. Left on Road 221.  If you come to New Bethel Church you've gone too far.


From Slidell: I-59 north to Mississippi. Exit 4 (Picayune/Kiln). Right on Hwy 43. Left on Caesar Road (by the portable     buildings). Right at the Dollar Store onto West Union/Caesar Necaise Road for about 5 miles. Right on Road 221. If you come to White Cypress Lakes, you've gone too far. 


 From Hattiesburg area:  I-59 south to Exit 10 (Carriere), left onto West Union Rd for about 8 miles. Right on Road 221. If you come to White Cypress Lakes you've gone too far.


From Picayune:  Hwy 43 south past Walmart. Left on Caesar Rd (by the portable buildings). Right on West Union Rd (Dollar Store) for about 5 miles. Right on Road 221. If you come to White Cypress Lakes you've gone too far.


How to pick sunflowers

For florist quality flowers, select sunflowers that are not fully open. They will not damage as easily on the way home, they will open up (if you follow our directions), and they will last twice as long.


Select your flower. Choose the length of the stem that you want. Longer is better! You can always trim it shorter, but you can't make it longer! About 24" is good, but cut as long as you like.


Strip off almost all of the leaves. Leave just 1 or 2 at the very top. Drop the leaves in the field. They don't keep well, and make it hard for your sunflower to re-hydrate back at your house.


Remember: Most of these sunflowers are hybrids which have been bred specifically for cut flowers. They will not shed messy pollen on your table, and they will not produce seeds.



How to pick zinnias

Fully open or nearly so is best for zinnias. Immature ones will never make it. Look for the little yellow florets around the center.  3 or 4 yellow florets is great, and so is a full ring of them.


Next, give it the gentle "wiggle test". Give it a gentle wiggle under the "neck". Does it seem fairly stiff at the neck of the flower?  If it is still floppy, it will never get any better.


Reach down the stem as far as the next "connection" to the main stem (about 12" or more). Cut here. Strip off the leaves and drop them in the field.


About the seeds: it's a mixed bag. Some grow and some won't.

How to pick brainflowers        (cockscomb celosia)

Cut anything with a stiff enough stem. The most immature stems will be too floppy to hold up. Strip some of the leaves from the lower stem and drop them in the field.


These are old-timey open pollinated flowers. They make seeds! All over the place! Any shiny little black things dropping off your flowers are seeds. Yes, they will grow.

  Our Farming Philosophy

Here at Coastal Ridge Farm we believe in sustainable farming and living. We want to leave the earth better than we found it. Healthy crops and healthy soil are important to us, so we work to nourish our soil with cover crops, green manure, micro nutrients, composted chicken litter, and natural microbes.


All those flower leaves you are stripping off will compost into the soil. When all these flowers are gone, the remaining stalks and weeds will all be turned into the soil to provide nutrients.


Those tall sunflower stalks provide a lot of "green manure". They also have a very deep tap root which has been scavenging nutrients from way deep (up to 5') in the soil. That nutrition is now in the green plant that is growing above the ground in these fields. When we chop up the stalks and turn them into the soil, it now puts those deep nutrients into the top layer of soil where it will be available for the next crop.

Come visit us this October.

We're looking forward to seeing you. Find a few more helpful tips on the About page. There will be helpful suggestions to make your visit fun. Hope to see you soon. 

We're a small family farm and we'd love to share our flowers with you. 

Contact us to learn more!