Some NC Farmers Stay Local

— Written By Lise Jenkins and last updated by
Leah Cook of Wild Hare Farms

Leah Cook of Wild Hare Farms in Cedar Grove, NC grows flowers for local markets. Photo: Lise Jenkins, NC State EMGV, Durham County

80% of the cut flowers sold in this country come from outside the US. Its an industry that has a world wide value estimated at over $40 billion. But one segment of flower farmers stay focused on serving their local markets. The Slow Flower movement is taking a page from the Slow Food movement and valuing what makes local special.

Canterbury Bells

Canterbury Bells grown at Sassafras Fork Farm Photo: Deborah Pilkington, NC State EMGV, Durham County

Grower, Stephanie Hall of Sassafrass Fork Farm says, “…flowers are following in that path where people want flavor. And the flavors of the local region. Flowers have flavor. Local flowers have scent, they have color, they have longevity. And you’ll find we can offer things that you might not find from your typical florist or your typical grocery story bouquet because we’re not shipping thousands of miles.”

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Updated on Nov 10, 2020
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