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Young at Heart May 2023 Final (1)

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Young at Heart Visiting an urban farm, and exploring f lower-related classes You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers—and this month, it's truer than ever. Santa Cruz County is filled with flowers of many kinds. Let's explore two different ways to get your flower fix. Post Street Farm It is an ideal time to visit Post Street Farm, located just a few minutes from downtown Santa Cruz. The flower patch by the main entrance is bursting with gorgeous blooms in vivid colors. You can buy flowers for your home or garden and walk around and enjoy the environment while browsing a range of other products. During certain occasions, the farm will make some bouquets ahead of time. For example, when people visit to buy flowers for Mother's Day, the farm has pre-made bouquets available. On the other hand, some individuals prefer to design their own. A couple weeks ago, sev- eral customers selected their own ranunculus flowers from the vibrant flower patch to create a personalized bouquet, paying a per-stem price. Post Street is happy to hand-cut flowers for you on "regular days" too, not just holidays. Local customer Beth Landes enjoys purchas- ing hand-cut flowers from Post Street. "I recently bought 10 stems of ranunculus. They opened up beautifully and stayed fresh for over a week," says Beth. "I've been a customer for several years and enjoy stopping by in every season." Depending on the season, you will find different flowers includ- ing anemones, peonies, and dahlias. Dahlias are one of the things that the urban farm is most famous for. The owner has even won awards for his dahlia breeding. Interested in enlarging your garden? Post Street sells a variety of potted dahlias for you to take home. There are also heirloom tomato plants to purchase, plus— for part of the year—fresh tomatoes. Occasionally the farm stand includes shishito peppers for sale, plus eggs laid by chick- ens from the farm. The farm is unique in that it has beehives on- site, and Post Street har- vests honey and beeswax from these. You can buy homemade honey jars and beeswax candles— these make great gifts, or you can keep them for yourself. Make sure you plan ahead for later this year, as there are two very popular seasons at Post Street Farm: Halloween and Christmas. Every October, Post Street features a big pumpkin patch with a vast assortment of pump- kins and gourds: many sizes and colors, usable for both cooking and decor. There are usually lots of festive Halloween decorations—including animatronic ones—and there are spots set up for taking family photos or selfies. Sometimes the farmhouse on the prop- erty is even transformed into a haunted house (to visit, customers pay an admission fee). December draws many people to the farm for its annual collection of Christmas trees. These range from tabletop to 12 feet tall. Varieties include Noble Fir and Nord- mann Fir; they also carry flocked trees. In addition, Post Street sells tradi- tional wreaths and Protea wreaths, and garlands (cedar and mixed, cut to whatever length custom- ers prefer). Aside from peak times, there is usually plenty of street parking. Contact info: 122 Post St., Santa Cruz, 831- 251-2946 Online: facebook.com/ poststreetfarm Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Cabrillo College Ex- tension – Cabrillo Arts Classes If you're an amateur artist who also loves flowers, there are two By Tara Fatemi Walker Young at Heart In Santa Cruz County Special Advertising Supplement to the Santa Cruz Sentinel Continued on page 2 May 2023 edition Laser Hair Removal Facials Prepare Your Skin for the Sun BOTOX ® and fillers 831-226-2108 | 1595 38 th Avenue, Capitola rejuvenatemedi-spa.com CoolSculpting Elite – Spring Deals! Healthy Weight Loss – Semaglutide! Post Street Farm. Photo by Tara Fatemi Walker.

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