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Greenly: “Slow” Flowers

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Choosing local vs. imported has similar consequences whether we’re talking about raspberries or roses.

The slow movement has countless benefits – from your personal health to the environment. While the slow food philosophy is usually the forefront of the _____ (insert adjective of choice here: local, seasonal, organic, sustainable) discussion, the concept goes far beyond our plate.

The act of choosing local vs. imported or sustainably vs. conventionally grown has the same consequences whether we’re talking about raspberries or roses. While flowers may seem like a quick, impulse buy or an irregular luxury, how and where those natural beauties are grown makes a big difference!

While signs and labels help us navigate the supermarket aisles to find the products and produce we’re after, fresh flowers rarely offer their country of origin, let alone their name, begging the question - where do we find “slow” flowers? As I continue to figure out the answer to this question myself, I figure there’s no better place than your local green market! So, this past weekend I had a look to see what my favorite farmers had to offer. With spring in full swing, the options are pretty spectacular:

Have you ever seen or purchased flowers from your local green market? Share your experience with me in the comments below.

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio
Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn. more
  • Meg P. 7 years ago
    I have several neighbors who grow flowers for the local farmers market. How fresh is that? :-))
  • NELL n. 7 years ago
    I love buying fresh flowers at Sams
  • Sue S. 8 years ago
    I love buying from the locally owned Farmers Markets/Floral....I am always guaranteed the freshest produce and is always a pleasure knowing the put Pride in there Work.
  • Jacqueline S. 9 years ago
    Much needed information, since I am now starting my summer, fall planting season.
  • Renee H. 9 years ago
    I love supporting our local farmers but don't get to attend the farmers markets because I work during those hours. Instead, I drive to the farm and hand select flowers, vegetables and fruits. We love to pick our own fruit as a family fun activity.
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