(Closed) Rent straw bales in New York

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Are you in upstate New York or New York City?

Post # 4
2099 posts
Buzzing bee

Make sure it’s straw and not hay, and keep in mind the material is going to have to be pretty thick to keep it from poking through and irritating your guests.

FWIW, I would not sit on them, covered or not — I would assume there were bugs and/or mice lurking in the bales.

Post # 5
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

missdtomrsz:  check with American foliage, they do fake flower and fake greenery rental for most TV / film productions in NYC. I would also check with Jimale Garden in the floral district of Manhattan. either place should be able to point you in the right direction If they do not have them. You may also be able to buy some from a farmer / off Craigslist… Then agmain since they are usually food/ bedding might be pricey to use the real thing. 

Post # 7
19 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

Aden Brook Farms is a hay/straw dealer in the Hudson Valley (maybe on your way to the wedding site?) Not sure if they would do rental or not, but you never know! http://www.adenbrook.com/

Post # 8
470 posts
Helper bee

They’re not going to let you rent bales of hay. They use them for feed for animals. It might be cheaper to look into renting or making long benches, similiar to those for picnic tables.

Post # 9
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

musket87:  I agree, hay is not going to be rented. However most barns won’t mind using straw after an event as it’s only used as bedding. Alternatively, nearly every hay cycle generally produces a few “mulch bales” which are bales that aren’t suitable for consumption (mold, etc problems). You could reach out to some farmers in the area and see if they have any of those for sale? They’re usually only a dollar or two and the farmer may even let you bring them back after the event (they sometimes use them to protect fields over the winter).

Alternatively you could reach out to equestrian centers, find out who their straw dealer is, buy straw bales, then cut a deal with the equestrian center that you’ll sell the straw bales on to them at half price. The only problem is that most New England barns don’t use straw as bedding since it’s so expensive to produce (whereas down south many more barns use straw over wood shavings).

ETA: the mold it typically in the very center of the bale, an dwouldn’t be noticeable or interferee with guests sitting on it, especially covered. Some mulch bales will be disgusting and unuseable, but most look totally normal it’s just that they were too wet when baled so the center gets moldy.

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