An American Grown Dream Wedding in NYC

American Grown Flowers Provided for The Knot Dream Wedding Couple

Certified American Grown Flowers was proud to be the sponsor of all of the flowers used for this year’s Dream Wedding by TheKnot.com. Held in the New York Public Library, this was truly an American Grown Dream Wedding for this special couple, NFL Player Devon Still & Asha Joyce.

Certified American Grown Flowers could not have been more proud than to have helped make this Dream Wedding couple's dreams come true. Thank you to David Beahm and his team for their efforts to make American Grown Flowers shine for them that day.

Certified American Grown Flowers could not have been more proud than to have helped make this Dream Wedding couple’s dreams come true. Thank you to David Beahm and his team for their efforts to make American Grown Flowers shine for them that day.

This was the third year that Certified American Grown has been tapped by The Knot to help make the Dream Wedding come true for one lucky couple. This year we had the wonderful opportunity to

Whole Foods Sponsors Boulder #F2V

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That’s right… we will be saying hello to Boulder, CO once again for the 2016 Field to Vase Dinner Tour! We are super excited to announce that Whole Foods is sponsoring this year’s dinner at the The Fresh Herb Company.
 You’ve seen the photos from last year’s dinner, but we’ll be kicking it up a notch and excited about the plans we have in store for our guests this year.

Certified American Grown Proudly Sponsors First Lady’s Luncheon

Thousands of American Grown Flowers Donated For Last First Lady's Luncheon for Michelle Obama

The Certified American Grown program was a proud sponsor of the 2016 First Lady’s Luncheon held May 12 in Washington, D.C. An annual tradition hosted by the Congressional Club since 1912 to honor the first lady of the United States, the luncheon is attended by over 1,500 people, including Congressional spouses, associates of members of Congress and cabinet members.

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First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to guests at the luncheon from a head table adorned by beautiful American Grown Flowers

The Certified American Grown program worked with the Congressional Club’s First Lady’s Luncheon Committee to help ensure that 100 percent of the flowers used during this year’s event were American Grown. With beautiful stems of flowers and greens from California, Oregon, Washington, Florida and Virginia, over 200 centerpieces and arrangements were created to fill the Washington Hilton Ballroom.

Representing American Grown from left to right are Daevid Reed, Tim Dewey, Bill Frymoyer, Diana Roy, David Register, Lane DeVries, Kasey Cronquist, David Beahm and seated are Andrea Gagnon, Debra Prinzing and Rita Jo Shoultz

Representing American Grown from left to right are Daevid Reed, Tim Dewey,
Bill Frymoyer, Diana Roy, David Register, Lane DeVries, Kasey Cronquist, David Beahm
and seated are Andrea Gagnon, Debra Prinzing and Rita Jo Shoultz

“This was a tremendous honor and opportunity for America’s flower farmers,” said Kasey Cronquist, administrator of the Certified American Grown program. “We commend the Congressional Club’s decision to seek and source blooms grown here in the United States for such a wonderful tradition of honoring our first lady.”

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One of the elegant table centerpieces
designed by the Certified American Grown design team.

The bouquets featured beautiful American Grown roses, peonies, stock, tulips, lilies, protea, Bells of Ireland, alstromeria, bupleurum, dianthus, freesia, lisianthus, ranunculus, viburnum, waxflower, ferns, leatherleaf and curly willow.

Oh Sunsets!

You guessed it, Sunset shots are to die for when dining with #F2V

Sunset moments are the most magical times, especially when experienced during a Field to Vase dinner. It is the moment we all anxiously wait for, simply because it paints a beautiful picture and happens when everyone is settled into their seat, enjoying a wonderful meal and lovely conversations. Take a peek at some of our favorite sunsets during our nation wide tour. Enjoy!

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Take a Peek!

We are super excited about this latest video featuring our most recent dinner at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA! We have shots from all angles to give you a glimpse of how we roll #F2V style!

We promise the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner experience is worth witnessing first hand! For one night we celebrate the beauty of American Grown Flowers with the help of an all-star team of Certified American Grown flower farmers, local florists, chefs and most importantly…YOU!

Top 8 Instagram Dinner Photos

From "Table to Social": Instagram lights up #F2V

We love social media. It is a tremendous way for us to show and tell the story of America’s flower farmers. If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, we post a lot from the farms and of their flowers.

However, what we’ve loved about the Field to Vase Dinner tour is seeing what our guests find beautiful about the farm, the flowers, the food; their experience.

Whether we dine amongst the flora in a beautiful greenhouse or in the middle of a gorgeous American Grown Flower farm, it is our guests who capture some of the most amazing images of the evening and inspire us to continue this effort.

Behold, our Top 8 Instagram photos from our Field to Vase Dinner in The Flower Fields of Carlsbad! Enjoy!

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Re-living Carlsbad

Our guests enjoyed beautiful scenery, great food and wonderful people

Last week’s dinner at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad did not disappoint. Our floral designers, Flower Duet created an ombre tablescape with color variations that complemented the amazing rows of colors that surrounded the table at The Flower Fields.

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The beautiful Carlsbad tablescape designed by Flower Duet.

Floral design team and sisters, Kit and Casey of Flower Duet not only provided our guests with gorgeous flowers for dinner, but our guests enjoyed a lively flower crown demonstration during the reception.

Flower farmer Mike Mellano gave tours to guests prior to the start of dinner.  Avid gardeners in attendance were thrilled to get advice from Mike Mellano and the gracious Flower Duet team.
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Wonderful #F2V dinner goers enjoying blooming table conversation in celebration of American Grown flowers.

The food was met with rave reviews from the diners who enjoyed multiple passed appetizers from Terra Catering, served with delicious Mattucci Wine and stunning Bagby Beer.  And dessert course was served with locally grown organic coffee from Good Land Organics, a first for the Field to Vase Dinner series as it is rare to find an American coffee farmer. Guests heard from Jay Ruskey, the coffee farmer, as he explained how the “berry” on the coffee bean effects the flavor of the coffee.
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Our favorite moment of the night; having dinner in the middle of a gorgeous American Grown flower farm with the sunset as the most perfect backdrop.

 

Click to watch the beautiful sunset over the Pacific from The Flower Fields.

Click to watch the beautiful sunset over the Pacific from The Flower Fields.

F2V ventures into a new frontier: ALASKA

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Just when we thought the Field to Vase Dinner Tour could not get any better! We are proud to announce we have added a NEW #F2V destination for the 2017 tour.  We will be visiting Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska on July 29, 2017.  You’ll be dining amid big, beautiful Alaskan grown peonies overlooking the Kenai peninsula. It’s the only place in the world that can grow these beauties from mid to late summer.

Established in the Fall of 2010, Scenic Place Peonies currently has over 5,800 planted roots on their beautiful Alaskan flower farm and is run by the talented Beth Van Sandt. Van Sandt’s peony farm, located at an elevation of 1150 feet with views of the Kenai Peninsula, is a spectacular place to visit.  Rows and rows of colorful peonies overlooking beautiful vistas awaits you at this Field To Vase Dinner.  This special evening takes place in July of 2017, so you have plenty of time to plan your trip to Alaska.  This flower farm was featured in Alaska Airlines’ inflight magazine in a story by Debra Prinzing titled “Peonies from the Last Frontier.”

 We have some additional exciting news to share, we’ve partnered with our friends at Sunset Magazine to add another dinner on the 2016 tour.  On October 16, the tour will be heading to Cornerstone in Sonoma to host a dinner in Sunset Magazine’s test garden. More details coming soon.

Today’s lesson… Ranunculus!

Enjoy a magical evening dining at The Flower Fields!

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The Flower Fields of Carlsbad.

Did you know that at one time, the beautiful ranunculus was a single color petal flower, found in only two colors?

Let’s talk history and origin of the ranunculus flower, because frankly, the story of The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA is one you’ll want to know before visiting the magical location.

Originating in the early 1920s, a horticulturist named Luther Gage traveled to the Oceanside area with hopes of growing his ranunculus seeds on a land of his own. Sparking interest amongst his neighbors, Mr. Gage intrigued small vegetable farmer Frank Frazee and his son, Edwin.

Building a rightful and demanding flower operation with his father, Edwin dropped out of high school at the age of 16 in pursuit to grow the family business. The ranunculus flower we have grown to love was originally considered a single petal bloom, found in shades of yellow and red. The Asia Minor native and member of the buttercup family, has developed over the years its beautiful colors and fullness of petals with help of careful selection by Edwin Frazee.

Edwin’s technique would rely on nature’s gift of blooming. If nature provided an unusual color or a full flower, he would save its seed and plant them the following years to come. As a result, Edwin has introduced to us a full ranunculus flower and thirteen gorgeous colors. Through several moves throughout southern California, Edwin settled on a final piece of land, known today as The Flower Fields of Carlsbad!

Meet Our Carlsbad Chef: Jeff Rossman of Terra Catering

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Let us introduce to you our chef for the night! We are so honored to have one of San Diego’s best, Chef Jeff Rossman of Terra Catering to fancy our taste buds in Carlsbad, CA.

Jeff Rossman, a skilled, self-taught Chef of nearly 30 years, helped pioneer San Diego’s thriving farm-to-table movement by purchasing fresh, organic produce from local growers before it was en vogue. Rossman traveled to farmer’s markets before farmer’s markets were cool.

Rossman is a strong advocate for his city and his passion for culinary. He constantly donates time, energy and product to help the local farm to school movement assisting the Oceanside, Lemon grove and most currently the San Ysidro School Food Services Directors teaching skills to workers and developing recipes.

He serves on the board of directors for the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association as well as vice president of the board for Chef Celebration Foundation of San Diego, a nonprofit which raises scholarship money for aspiring chefs.

In 2011, Rossman published his first cookbook showcasing local farms and school gardens. His award-winning book, “From Terra’s Table”, focuses on the love story of the hardworking local growers and artisans he supports. He has released his second book “BYOB (Build Your Own Burger)” which features thousands of burger combinations as well as condiments, sides, and farm to bar beverage creations.

He has been selected by the California Avocado Commission to represent them in cooking demonstrations with recipe creations for their website.

Rocking the taste buds of our guest, Chef Rossman will prepare a regionally inspired menu, which will include the best of springs harvest and the freshest culinary ingredients California has to offer!

Join us for dinner, we promise your taste buds will thank you! #F2V #AmericanGrown #OriginMatters