It's here! With all of its beauty, color, warmth and pollen, it’s here...Spring!
And yet this year there’s a cloud of uncertainty overhead that threatens to strip the joy and hope of spring from us. The flower industry, as many other business sectors, has been hit hard by the COVID19 virus. International flower growers have literally been destroying or (hopefully) composting, thousands of beautiful cut flowers because they cannot ship them. There are no orders for their product. The wedding and event industry is on hold, travel bans, hotel closings and fear have delayed or cancelled events altogether. Some florists here in the US have been ordered to close or have needed to quickly adjust their business practices to get arrangements out to customers. However, with the lack of product from international wholesalers florists are limited in their offerings.
This all leaves a significant opportunity for small flower farms across the country who serve their communities with fresh cuts from their fields. The ability to fill the gap where and when the international industry cannot is a huge asset to the growers who even now have product to sell and would love nothing more than to get it to consumers.
All of the events of the past weeks have led everyone to consider doing things a bit differently in the future. As we all move forward and recover from this our hope is that you would consider your purchasing power and how much it impacts your local small businesses and family farms that sell to the community, whether it be food or flowers.
The hope of spring is indeed upon us, let us not forget that through all of the recent events.
Our fields are planted with tiny spring seedlings and the greenhouse is full of the next round of beauty for early summer. When you send a gift of flowers to a loved one or to yourself, always ask for American Grown. Better yet, get to know your local flower farmer.
Everyone’s talking pumpkin spice, crisp nights and cozy sweaters, but here our heads and hands are planning for spring. As we finish this season’s harvest it’s time to look forward. With the anticipation of the field above full of blooms for the 2020 season, this is the time of year to prepare the soil and get beds ready to accept seedlings. It’s the time of year for crop planning, soil amending, seed ordering and learning how to use a BCS walk behind tractor!
We consider this past year to be our first season. Even though we didn’t sell a thing, we grew some pretty blossoms and share them with others. It was our season to establish the business end and educate ourselves on how to grow sustainably. It was our season to find an adequate site for the farm and build structures for season extension. It was the season to evaluate what we already have to invest in the farm and what we will need going forward. It’s been a season of stretching and growing.
We’re thinking of all the ways this business can serve and grow in Orange and surrounding communities. We hope that you will make the conscious choice to buy local when choosing your flowers for events or just to have the beauty of flowers around your home. Seek us out in the spring to see what we’re growing and where our flowers will be. You can find us on Instagram and Facebook.
Happy fall and happy thoughts of spring to you.
Stacey here, I like...no love flowers. From seed to first cut I'm fascinated by the process. The idea of sharing flowers with others just adds to the anticipation.
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