Do you know who farms your flowers?
The initiative came after long work from the California Cut Flower Commission, which has also been lobbying the White House to use American-grown flowers, too. The White House sources from abroad for many of its blooms.
- Ask where the flowers are grown. Just because the flowers are at the local farmers market doesn’t mean they’re grown locally.
- Ask open-ended questions like, “What sustainable practices do you use when you grow your flowers?” This will allow the grower to share all sorts of information with you and start a conversation instead of just giving you a quick yes or no answer to a question like, “Do you grow your flowers organically?”
- Ask when the flowers were picked. If your market opened at 8 a.m., don’t expect the grower to say, “this morning.” That’s unreasonable. Within the last 24 hours is a much more reasonable answer.
- Offer to take the flowers as-is, instead of having them wrap the flowers in plastic or tissue paper that you’ll probably just rip off and throw in the trash when you get home.
- Understand that if you’re going to buy local, seasonal flowers, the varieties will be limited and change every few weeks. However, you’ll find that you end up bringing varieties of beautiful, fresh flowers into your home that you may never have discovered if you simply went to a flower shop that stocks only the most well-known flowers.
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