Established in 2011, Ardelia Farm & Co. is a cut flower farm, floral design studio, and bakery in Vermont's picturesque Northeast Kingdom. Thomas bakes using local, organic, farm fresh ingredients to produce everything from chocolate chip cookies to elegant wedding cakes. Bailey raises specialty cut flowers, supplying farmers' markets and florists, as well as providing full service wedding and event design.
Bailey heads up floral operations at Ardelia Farm & Co. After years of running his own floral and event design company in Philadelphia, Bailey is thrilled to be growing flowers from the ground up. From a single stem at the farmers market to a fully designed wedding, he thinks it's wicked awesome to be able to start with a seed and end with a smiling customer.
Our chilly growing conditions are perfect for sweet peas, ranunuculus, anemone, and peonies; and we focus most of our production on these crops.
Bailey also gets along well with chickens, and oversees egg production for use in the bakery, where he is an expert taste tester and cookie dough scooper.
In December 2016, Bailey launched FARMER BAILEY, a custom plug brokerage firm just for flower farmers!
Thomas runs the Ardelia Farm & Co. bakery, sourcing the very best ingredients from other Vermont and regional farmers in order to create his farmers' market favorites, special occasion desserts, and wedding cakes.
While Bailey is the macro-thinker of the operation, Thomas is the micro, finding great joy in every list, detail, and spreadsheet. He enjoys any opportunity to help Bailey in the flower fields, and is particularly partial to scabiosa.
Thomas's most beloved bakery ingredients are flaky sea salt, organic dark chocolate, maple syrup, and butter. And when he's not baking or working on the farm, Thomas is usually thinking about Christmastime.
My grandmother, Ardelia Roggenkamp Moore (1915-2013), was one of the warmest and most hospitable women you could have ever had the fortune of knowing. It was from her, while on childhood visits to her farm, that i developed my love of flowers and passion for gardening. She was a fine cook who took great joy in feeding her family and neighbors. She graciously remembered her grandchildren in her passing, assisting Thomas and Me in realizing our dream of buying a farm of our own. We thought it only fitting that we name our farm in honor of Ardelia, and strive to keep her memory and spirit alive in everything we do. -Bailey