What is Passalongs?
Passalongs flower farm and jammery specializes in sustainably raised flowers, flower design, and wicked small batches of flavorful jams. We serve all of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, including Northampton, Easthampton, Hadley, Amherst, Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, and Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.
Where is Passalongs?
The farm, design studio, and inspected home kitchen is located in Florence, Massachusetts. It is owned by me, Adrienne Bashista. I started the farm when we moved to Florence in 2015, but I have always grown loads of flowers, vegetables, and ornamental plants no matter where I’ve lived. My flowers, jams, and other home-made and home-grown goods can be purchased through a roadside stand (summers) and at local farmers’ markets as well as by direct order.
A ‘passalong’ plant is one that is passed from neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend, through cuttings, divisions, seeds, or clumps. I’m not sure where the term comes from, but one of my favorite plant books is Passalong Plants, by Steve Bender and Felder Rushing. The book describes old fashioned Southern garden plants, the kind your neighbor grabs her shovel to dig up a clump after you’ve admired it. Living in North Carolina for 21 years until my family’s move to Massachusetts in 2015 left me with the firm belief that gardens, farms, and local everything are the keys to real community. Now rooting myself and my farm in the Pioneer Valley, I’m hoping to continue the tradition.