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Helena Ludrosky of Fishtail Farm (Credit: Lee Meyer)

Helena Ludrosky doesn’t want you to buy grocery store flowers ever again.

The founder of Fishtail Farm is currently working diligently out of the Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm in Southold to grow blooms for a flower CSA.

“I’ll just be harvesting whatever is thriving and vibrant at the moment,” Ludrosky said.

The program will work much like the vegetable CSAs North Forkers are so familiar with, offering six, 10 and 14-week subscriptions, with flexible start dates in the spring and summer. Each week, you’ll get a custom, colorful bouquet that’s sure to impress.

“Flowers are beautiful,” Ludrosky said. “And from a business standpoint, they’re incredibly cheap [to develop], but it does take a lot of time and effort to grow flowers. It’s nice to support your local flower growers.”

Ludrosky, who was born and raised on Long Island, started farming with WWOOF — World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. She traveled all over, learning about farming, and also learned the art of crafting a beautiful bouquet.

“You start with your focal flower,” she said. “You might pick something that’s bigger, more pronounced. It could be color, shape or size. Then you have fillers and foliage.”

Ludrosky learned how to create bouquets on WWOOfed on a dahlia farm in Ventura, CA. Some of the blooms she’s currently growing include sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons, craspedia and more. 

Fishtail Farm is brand new, with Ludrosky farming both vegetables and flowers at Charnews.

“It’s really nice to know who grew your flowers and know that you’re supporting them,” she said.

For information on how to join Fishtail Farm’s flower CSA, visit the farm on Instagram.

A small sample of what’s to come at Fishtail Farm. (Credit: Lee Meyer)

There are several more flower CSAs on the North Fork, as well. Check them out below:

North Fork Flower Farm, Orient

Salt Air Farm, Cutchogue

Zilnicki Farms, Riverhead

Garden of Eve, Riverhead