I may not have found the best way to dry pansies. But, I may have found the worst way.
One of the biggest issues within seasonal flower farming is the winter dead season. After all the equipment gets pulled, cleaned, and stored around the October-November takedown, there isn't much in the way of income until the first bulb plants appear in late March or April. Some farmers try to force bulbs, or look for other floral products to sell during the winter off-season. But, microgreens are another potential off-season crop.
Part Two of the pansy experiments! We received a comment about drying pansies out before candying them in the previous entry, and had actually considered that in the next parts of the experiment. Most of what you see for the next few entries revolves around that drying process.
I love farming simulators. I mean, really, really love farming simulators. My favorites include the Story of Seasons, Harvest Moon, and Stardew Valley games. Although, the most recent HM games leave everything to be desired--but that's a different story. These games might have piqued my original interest in farming--but there is a lot that they get wrong about the industry.
Edible flowers for decoration and garnish seemed like one way to extend my growing season through winter, and create dry goods for winter sales. I decided to experiment with pansies, since they have a reputation for being nearly impossible to kill--and because they were relatively inexpensive.