Does your sweetheart like flowers? We’ve got some great options arriving for Valentine’s Day.
Fair Trade Roses from Ecuador, via One World Flowers
One World Flowers imports roses from fair trade certified farms in Ecuador. In addition to paying a fair price, One World Flowers pays a 10% premium into a workers’ fund that is used to better the farmers’ community. Farms with fair trade certification are required to pay living wages, to treat workers properly, and to care for the environment and their workers by eliminating use of the most harmful agrochemicals. Female workers are protected from physical and sexual abuse, and leadership positions must equally represent women. Read more.
Fair trade rose bouquets will arrive in stores on Thursday, February 7. A beautiful large bouquet is $19.99, and small bouquets are $14.99. We’ll also have conventional roses for $19.99 per dozen.
Lily bouquets from Sarah & Michael’s Farm in Durham
Michael Turner works hard all year to ensure a steady supply of lilies. The farm staff plants thousands of bulbs each day; Michael orders bulbs over a year in advance for big holidays like Valentine’s Day! Bulbs grow in “coir,” ground coconut husk that is steamed clean after use and reused. The lilies are grown in greenhouses without pesticides and harvested before they bloom to enable them to arrive in stores undamaged.
Lily bouquets will arrive in stores on Thursday, February 7.
Spring bouquets from Wild Hare Farm
Leah Cook and Mark Thomas grow tulips, hyacinths, and other flowers at Wild Hare Farm in Cedar Grove. We sell the flowers as cut-flower bouquets. They use hoophouses (unheated greenhouses that magnify the sun’s warmth) to start the bulbs early, but their arrival is still weather dependent. Wild Hare Farm is committed to sustainable agriculture, growing without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.
If they are available, tulip and hyacinth bouquets will arrive in stores on Friday, February 8. We’re hopeful that the weather will cooperate this year to allow us to have these in time for Valentine’s Day.
For a gift that will last into the summer, choose a potted plant. We’ll have daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, and possibly others. Bulbs such as daffodils and hyacinth can be easily planted outside and will continue to bloom year after year with little care. More sensitive plants can be kept inside and will require different kinds of care to bloom again.
Below are some of the bouquets in stores this year.