Does your sweetheart like flowers? We’ve got some great options arriving for Valentine’s Day.
Fair Trade Roses from Ecuador, via Qualisa Roses
We are carrying fair trade roses direct from Qualisa Roses in Ecuador. The fair-trade certification ensures that fair labor principles are practiced, including that no child labor or forced labor is used, female workers are protected from discrimination and harassment, and working conditions are safe. Qualisa Ecuador is also Rainforest Alliance Certified, which adds rigorous environmental regulations to their operation, including the protection of wildlife, soils, and waterways.
We will have fair trade dozen rose bouquets for $16.99 and five-stem rose bouquets with alstromeria lilies for $12.99, available in stores on Tuesday, February 11.
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 Tuesday, February 11.
Spring bouquets from Wild Hare Farm and Split Acre 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. New this year, we’ll also have bouquets from Split Acre Farm in Rougemont.
If they are available, tulip and hyacinth bouquets will arrive in stores, date TBD. 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 you might find in our stores.