Updated: Jun 16, 2022
Every year, there are about 6,000 Zinnias planted at Sunset View Farm.
I would have said that every year, we plant 6,000 zinnias — except we don't. Instead, we get a whole bunch of happy helpers to join in on the fun.
I like to joke that only my parents could get 15 people to show up voluntarily to work in the fields for a whole morning. And not only that, but to say thank you for such a great party afterward!
That party would be Zinnia Madness, my parents' annual June tradition, where friends and family come from far and wide across the garden state (and sometimes farther) to plant the fields in exchange for rather dirty but cheerful company, a hearty meal on the porch, and of course, a free bouquet or two when the fruit of the day's labor comes into all its summer glory.
My dad, Farmer Andy, documented the fun this year and couldn't resist captioning the photos (must be a dad thing). We thought you'd enjoy coming along for the ride.