Directions to Old Friends Farm for order pick-ups:
Please note that we do not have a farm stand. Directions are for pre-arranged orders only.
593 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, Ma. 01002. Be sure to follow the following directions (not just the street address), as our farm is set back from the road:
From the center of Amherst, take 116 South (South Pleasant Street) 3/4 mile from the town green. On the right you will see a painted sign "Bramble Hill" at 593 South Pleasant St across from the Amherst Public Works Department. We rent from this property. Turn right at the Bramble Hill sign and continue straight up the hill (10 mph please!) Follow the fence along the left side of the road, turning left towards the clutch of buildings and greenhouse to continue following the fence. (If you were to continue straight you would go to the top of the hill and see our fields.) Drive past the greenhouse and turn right. The building attached to the greenhouse is our 'hub' building. The silver walk-in cooler for our flowers is facing the parking lot. There will be a note directing you to your flower order. Park as close as you can to the cooler. Your order will be in the cooler on a rolling cart, so you will be able to roll your flowers to the end of the cement floor of the building to load from there.
Important notes about picking up your flower order
SIZE OF ORDER: Please be sure to have enough room in your vehicle (or multiple vehicles) that will safely fit your order for transporting. Flowers transport well being snug, except for open lilies, which need some space! Please plan accordingly!
THE LAST ERRAND: Flower pickup should be the last thing that is done on your list of errands so that your flowers are not sitting in a car wilting or freezing!
PACKAGING: Check with Missy about what packaging will be supplied. Sometimes a small portable cooler is recommended for carrying the corsages and boutonnieres if it is going to be a long trip or if it's very hot out. Some sheets or blankets thrown over the seats is a good idea for any vehicle interior that can not take a splash of water.
STORAGE: Flowers will store best in cool conditions, out of direct sunlight. Corsages and boutonnieres should be put into a refrigerator, or kept in a portable cooler. If you are picking up the flowers several days before the event, or it is especially hot, have someone check the water level each day. Some flowers, like sunflowers and peonies, are heavy drinkers.