1 This is Cindy and Steve, who have been guiding the operations at Triple Chick Farm for the past 20 years. Their commitment to excellence, aesthetic beauty, cleanliness, and safety is renowned.
2 Cindy gave us a tour of the growing facility. Triple Chick Farm has been an operating farm on Mount Desert Island for many generations. It is a certified organic farm dedicated to producing healthy, organic food.
3 I was astonished at the size of this spinach leaf! It's an heirloom variety called Bloomsdale.
4 Amazing lettuce - Triple Chick Farm lettuce is renowned for its quality and variety. This one is Red Sail.
5 Rainbow Swiss chard grown at Triple Chick is especially tender and mild.
6 The lettuce thrives in these greenhouse raised beds. This variety is Roxy.
7 Skyphos lettuce - Their vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit are grown on fields and in greenhouses completely free of chemicals.
8 Beautiful fluffy Florence fennel
9 Cucumber plants are grown in containers.
10 These peppers and tomato seedlings were ready for planting.
11 These raised growing tables make farming easy!
12 Incredible Flashy Butter Oak lettuce!
13 More of that Bloomsdale spinach
14 Giant Nevada leaf lettuce
15 Ruffled Panisee lettuce
16 When one crop is finished, its bed is cleared and planted again. This is recently transplanted lettuce starters.
17 This is a tomato greenhouse. The tomato vines are held upright by the hanging string supports.
18 Another greenhouse with a variety of crops
19 And another all cleared and getting ready for planting a new crop
20 These tomato seedlings are ready for transplanting.
21 And so are these peppers
22 On the mornings when the farm stand is open at Triple Chick, their best produce is selected and hand-picked for sale.
23 These are turnips - Scarlet Queen and Hakurei
24 Baby carrots and rainbow chard
25 Richard was prepping the vegetables for sale.
26 I purchased 4 giant heads of lettuce.
27 More of what I bought including radishes and beets
28 Our next stop was Surry Gardens, where there are 9 greenhouses to stroll through, as well as 12 coldframes, all filled with colorful bedding plants, herbs, and vegetable seedlings.
29 This is the spectacular Surry Gardens in the Downeast Maine region where Acadia National Park and my home, Skylands, is located.
30 Surry Gardens has a huge selection of trees, perennials, fruit trees and shrubs, roses, vines, water plants, bedding plants, vegetable starts, and herbs.
31 I was very impressed with their stunning hanging baskets, like these filled with intensely blue lobelia. An annual, lobelia comes in a mounding type called edging lobelia and a cascading variety, like this sapphire one.
32 A beautiful combination of lobelia and bright pink petunias, a nearly fail-proof annual with great cascading qualities and seemingly endless color choices.
33 Another combination of lobelia, petunia, and verbena, a spreading plant ideal for cascading over retaining walls, pots, baskets, and window boxes.
34 Pink petunias, a smaller petunia look-alike called million bells, and verbena
35 Another combination of petunia, million bells, and verbena
36 And another color combination of the same flowers
37 Yellow million bells with pink petunias
38 Trailing nasturtiums
39 Petunias, million bells, verbena, and ornamental sweet potato vine