There's no doubt about it. Wedding flowers are gorgeous. A bride holds a bouquet of blush roses, seeded eucalyptus and baby's breath as she walks down the aisle to change her life forever in one of the most romantic gestures of all time. The alter overflows with elegant blooms. The congregation is overtaken with the sheer aesthetic of the moment. Is anyone really thinking of where the flowers came from?
The truth is flowers come from all over the place. If you're sitting in a pew in Northeastern Wisconsin in the middle of summertime, it's possible that the ranunculus in those bridesmaids' bouquets came from just down the street, though to be honest, it's unlikely. The majority of the flowers filling the mason jars on the farm tables during that rustic Door County wedding reception likely flew into town in boxes days before from somewhere in South America.
Is there a problem with that? It's at least something to think about.
Nowadays, people care about where their strawberries came from, whether or not their asparagus is in season, who grew their coffee beans, what has or hasn't been sprayed on their tomatoes and what happened to that chicken before she met the butcher block. Fair trade. Local. Organic. In season. Should we draw the line at the things we ingest?
I'm not here to tell you that you shouldn't trust a florist who ships roses in from South America. Though a Wisconsin winter bride may be happy with a reception hall decked out in cedar boughs and pinecones, it's fair for her to still dream of white narcissus in her bridal bouquet.
But if given the clear choice of local, seasonal flowers grown with organic, sustainable farm practices versus mystery blooms, which would you pick?
I pick the flowers I know a little more about. There's magic in that. Local, in-season flowers capture a moment in time with absolute grace. What better bouquet can be carried down the aisle than one spilling with peonies cut two days before in a farm field a few miles away? Tessa and Nick got married at Frank Murphy Park in Egg Harbor in June. All of their wedding florals came from our farm and Windswept Acres in Green Bay.
Our goal at Folklore Flowers is to make the most of local, seasonal blooms. We celebrate the grow local movement. We believe the more aware you are of where all your stuff comes from--food, flowers, clothes, whatever it may be--the more connected we all become.
The more we farm, the more we learn. Check back in with us to see what's blooming on our flower farm.