The Green Pig Country Farm and Market is holding its flower festival from August 20 until August 30.
Next time you want to surprise someone with a bouquet, just a single sunflower will do. In fact, every time you hold one sunflower, you actually have thousands of little flowers in your hands at once. That is because the head of the sunflower consists of tiny yellow blossoms that grow from the disk’s centre. Those are called “disk flowers.”
With six acres of sunflower fields, just imagine how many sunflowers and sunflowers’ disk flowers there are to walk through at the annual New Brunswick Sunflower Festival held by Salisbury’s Green Pig Country Farm and Market.
This year, the NBSF is scheduled from August 20 until August 30. However, those keen and eager to see the sunflower fields in advance of the festival were able to visit last weekend as part of the farm’s early bloom ticket option. That is when we stopped by.
From Helianthus Anuum – the common sunflower- to Teddy Bear and even Prado Red, the sunflower festival has a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes. There are purple ones, pale yellow ones, ones about about 10 feet tall, and even some that barely graze the knee. Some smaller blooms can be snipped to wear behind the ear, while others tower well over head and are un-snippable by most.
The folks at the farm have even set up some photo booth areas, decorated with a couple rustic, wooden swings, elegant picture frames and a cream-coloured vintage couch. We had some fun with those, and so did the handful of other groups who visited Sunday morning when we were there.
Visitors can still sign up online to explore the sunflower fields – either as a general admission ticket that costs $12 for all ages (except for chidren under the age of three) or for the Yoga in the Sunflowers sessions scheduled over the next two weekends at $25 a day.
Tickets can vary depending on the dates and types you purchase but a general daily admission can allow guests to walk through the rows of sunflowers, take a wagon ride through the fields on weekends, take photos at the designated selfie booths, and pick your own flower or flowers if you pay extra. With those tickets, you can stay as long as you like during opening hours.
Alternatively, the Yoga in the Sunflowers sessions tickets are for are hour-long events held at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday Aug. 22 and 23, and Aug. 29 and 30th.
Our early blooms tickets allowed us to walk through the sunflowers, and since we had also added on two extra sunflowers to our package, we got to take home a souvenir. Each guest is given a pair of sanitized gardening shears upon arrival so that they can cut one free flower to take home with them. When you buy your ticket you can add on any number of additional flowers, at the price of $3 per extra bloom, $12 for six blooms, $20 for a dozen and $25 for 18.
Proceeds from the additional flowers go to the Friends of the Moncton Hospital, according to the NBSF website.
During the festival dates of Aug. 20 to Aug. 30, the sunflower fields are open Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
While you visit, be sure to try the Little Red Rooster Café. It serves breakfast and lunch along with daily features inspired by the day’s harvest. The café is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and there is even supper served on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you are visiting on a weekend day during the festival, there will also be vendor booths selling their goods, so keep an eye out for that as well.
Put on some sunscreen, bring your own hand sanitizer and don’t forget to snip and take home your own little sunflower bouquet.
Feature Photo and Photos #1-8 credit: David Marineau Plante
Photos #9 and #10 credit: Courtney Edgar