Early June Blooms

In the first weeks of June, the faith of planting biennials a year in advance and all the work starting bulbs while blizzards howl pays off in glorious beauty.

Gorgeous Local Flowers

We offer lush seasonal blooms for your special day – or any day!


Even a quick trip to the field yields armloads of flowers.

Free Seed Starting Guides

Never fail at seeds again: Hacks, how-to, and insider info

Our Homestead

Rainbows frequent our western sky and remind us how lucky we are


The tender greens of spring seem magical after a long winter

Creatures Great and Small

Phoebes nest over the side door every year and this fledgling is ready to test its wings

Summer's Hot Pink

Enjoy a bouquet subscription of ripe summer blooms

A Farm Girl for Life

Poppy, our Bernese Mountain Dog, lived on the farm her whole life. We miss her dearly.

Autumn Hues

From gold to persimmon to vermilion, the colors of fall go out in a blaze of glory

Winter Blues

In winter the farm rests while we get ready for a new growing season

Foster Road Farm is an 8-acre homestead farm, established circa 1830, in the hamlet of Shepard Settlement on the eastern end of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region. This region was raked by glaciers into long hills and valleys now filled with sparkling lakes. Read more about our story at our BLOG.

At Foster Road Farm we grow an abundant variety of flowers, herbs, vines, and foliage including many uncommon botanicals with astonishing color and form, delicious scents and delicate tenderness—qualities that have been lost in today’s floral commerce. See WHAT WE GROW.

We delight in finding many different ways to share this bounty. Our flowers are for sale by bouquet subscription and for weddings and events during the season. GET FLOWERS!

We extend our love of botanicals with our on-farm DESIGN STUDIO, ChickSeed. Workshops and open house visiting days give us a chance to invite others to enjoy the farm.  We hope you will join us for one of these special events!

What Makes Us Different

Our Statement of Purpose

 (A warning to the reader, the following is an impassioned observation that some might fairly say, verges on a rant.)

Flowers represent the fleeting joys of life. They remind us to savor the moment, to seize the day, to be grateful and present. Flowers are incredibly sexy. Nature made them enticing for a reason. Luscious and lovely, they tempt pollinators with color, scent and sweet nectar. We humans respond intuitively to the grace of flowers. The gift of a bouquet of sweetly fragrant flowers is an incomparable pick-me-up or gesture of affection.

But have today’s flowers lost these precious qualities? Sadly, in many ways, yes. They have become like the pithy winter tomato and the flavorless melon, a victim of agricultural industrialization. Don’t bother to sniff these blooms, they have lost all scent. Commercial flowers have been bred primarily to accommodate the rigors of shipping and repeated handling. 

Commercial flowers have a hideous carbon footprint. Flowers are flown thousands of miles, trucked and warehoused, boxed and wrapped repeatedly. They have been fumigated so don’t get too close. They drenched with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Some are infused with metal salts to extend their life.  The industry is known for paying extremely low wages and exposing workers to hazardous conditions. Industrial floriculture ain’t all-ways pretty.

The introduction of national floral services like FTD and Teleflora meant bouquet design had to be standardized. A red rose plus baby’s breath and ferns arrangement must be the same whether it’s made in Tulsa or Portland. Little artistry is required, or even allowed, from the florist. There’s a soulless monotony to these flowers but they’ve become the standard for American’s expectations. They’re the floral equivalent of fast food – predictable in every way. 

If you’re lucky enough to live close to flower hubs in Miami or New York, you may have access to a broad array of flowers. But in smaller cities, the flower choices dwindle. Local florists are closing their doors as their thin slice of the overall profit pie can no longer sustain them. And yet, it seems you can get bunches of insipid flowers everywhere—in grocery stores, convenience marts, even gas stations. 

Not everyone is satisfied with the floristry status quo. Discerning consumers want more choice and better quality. Environmentally conscious buyers want clean, organic products—preferably locally grown. Workplace justice advocates want to support businesses that pay living wages and promote healthful working conditions. And most of us just want to work with businesses that care, that are friendly and knowledgeable and fun to work with. We want experiences that bring us closer, let us be creative, and help us grow.

Foster Road Farm strives to be all of this and more. This farm endeavor comes in our third act of life. We are pouring our hearts into this business and want to create a place that is welcoming to all, a creative venture that brings beauty and goodness to our customers. We will be learning all along the way.

It strikes us a sad that Americans are slow to embrace the pleasure of flowers.  Flowers add a gracious note to daily life, similar to other pleasures. Like beautiful music, they are ephemeral and lighten the spirit. Like a bottle of wine, they are best enjoyed in their moment at their peak of quality. Like art, they have the power to transform their surroundings. The feast-for-the-eyes of flowers can be shared with a crowd and still be an undiminished treat for you. Flowers are a zero-calorie indulgence, they won’t rot your teeth or embarrass your granny. But beware, they are potentially quite addictive! 

Thank you so much for reading this missive. If our spirit resonates with you, please subscribe to our newsletter—we would love to be in your good company.

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