Some NC Farmers Stay Local
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.
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.”