Auburn Flower Shop News
Keeping things natural come Hell or High Water - Enumclaw Courier-HeraldTuesday, June 25, 2019
A key transition came in 2015 when Kevin participated in the Organic Farming Education Program, offered by Tilth Alliance. Located in Auburn, it offers education for beginner farmers and serves as a business incubator. For three years, he grew vegetables and flowers and kept flocks of laying hens at Tilth’s Red Barn Ranch. “It was nice being around like-minded individuals,” Kevin says of his relationship with Tilth.A commercial customer stops by Hell Or High Water Farm, picking up an order of 25 dozen eggs. Photo by Kevin Hanson After a couple of brief stops, it was in 2018 that the Helfricks moved Hell or High Water Farm to Enumclaw’s Cart Before Horse Farm. They live in a home on the property and use five acres of land, all nestled in a rural setting just north of Enumclaw. While Desiree continues her day job off the farm, Kevin has transitioned to full-time work at Hell or High Water. He tends a flock that, these days, is producing upward of 150 eggs per day and nurtures the land that produces a wide range of vegetables and flowers. There were tough lessons to be learned along the way, but Kevin said there are no regrets when it comes to leading a particular kind of farm life. Standing in a barn, looking out over his flock, he says, “This is one of the only things that has made my heart sing.” THE MISSION “Our work is grounded in a deep respect for our natural world and all the creatures in it,” the Helfricks write on their website (hellorhighwaterfarm.com). “We believe it is our responsibility as farmers to foster sustainable agricultural practices as stewards of the land and our community.” Take their chickens, for example: “We believe firmly that all creatures have a right to sun, fresh grass, and the freedom to engage in behaviors which are innate to their species,” the Helfricks write. The birds are moved from spot to spot, held in place by solar-powered electric fencing, enjoying pasture life from sunrise to sundown. “Our goal is for the chickens to have a million great days and just one bad one,” Kevin said, with a nod to the reality of life as a farm bird. Vegetables and flowers originate from certified organic, non-GMO seeds, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties. The Helfricks go so far as preferring hand tools to tractors when it comes to tilling the land, and certain plants are used to attract useful insects that eat pests. -- -- ... https://www.courierherald.com/business/keeping-things-natural-come-hell-or-high-water/
Tennessee's 2019 Offseason Outlook: Safety - 247SportsTuesday, March 05, 2019
Star/Money positions, which both played last season. Shamburger was in and out of Pruitt's doghouse last season (he didn't even make the travel roster for the Georgia game and started at Auburn two weeks later), but the Vols still think he can be a quality player.Labruzza has played in 11 games, primarily on special teams, the past two seasons, but Davis should be able to get in the mix in the secondary after redshirting last season.Four-star McCollough is an early enrollee who will go through spring practice, which will provide him the valuable reps he needs to learn the defense and get comfortable in it, and that could help him as he challenge for a significant role as a freshman.img src="https://s3media.247sports.com/Uploads... https://247sports.com/college/tennessee/Article/Tennessee-Vols-safety-2019-Offseason-Outlook-Nigel-Warrior-Trevon-Flowers-129598306/
Wild Things: More Than You would Expect From a Local Florist - StyleBlueprintSunday, February 10, 2019
It was during that job, while assisting her local florist, that she discovered her passion for floral design and her gift for creativity.She took that artistic bent to college at Auburn University, where she earned her degree in graphic design, which in turn earned her a position at an advertising agency in Atlanta. While building her creative portfolio in Atlanta, she met her husband, a Birmingham native. The couple soon moved to Birmingham, where Carolyn dabbled in the freelance world of branding and logo design — but she had a nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite the job for her. She oftentimes found herself visiting local supermarkets to buy flowers to decorate her new home, but wished there was a local stop — both trendy and fun — that sold fresh arrangements, along with other pretty trinkets to pepper throughout a home and brighten someone’s day.Then one day she realized she should create this dream shop she had been envisioning. And so, Wild Things Flowers & Curiosities was born. Nestled in an almost hidden spot behind SOHO Square in downtown Homewood, this quaint floral boutique offers home decor accents, gifts and candles, as well as floral arrangements, workshops, event design and more.Carolyn’s calling was always flowers. Now, she has a little shop of florals an... https://styleblueprint.com/birmingham/everyday/wild-things-more-than-youd-expect-from-a-local-florist/
French Market Flowers Is Moving To Glenwood Park - What Now AtlantaTuesday, February 05, 2019
Floral shop will open its new storefront in early February. French Flowers Market, a boutique florist in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Atlanta, is relocating to Glenwood Park.Owner John Tarrant is currently in permitting to begin the shop's buildout, at 925 Garrett Street.AdvertisementThe new French Flowers Market storefront should open the first week in February, Tarrant in an email Thursday told What Now Atlanta.Glenwood Park will be the third neighborhood for French Flowers Market in recent years.The florist used to have a market stall in Krog Street Market and is currently at 581 Edgewood Ave SE.Photo: Official... https://whatnowatlanta.com/french-market-flowers-glenwood-park/
After owner logs 40 years, Lewistons Roak the Florist up for saleMonday, October 01, 2018
He said Thursday he plans to sell Roak the Florist, where he started working under his dad as a teenager.George M. Roak started the business around 1846 out of his home in Auburn. It moved to Court Street, then Center Street, then Lewiston.Small’s grandfather started working there, and become a shareholder in the 1940s.Small, 56, met his future wife, Elizabeth, a floral designer, on the job in the 1980s. She died in April.“It’s not the same without her here,” he said. “When somebody passes away, there is a new chapter.Advertisement“I’m sure I’m going to be here awhile, I don’t think there’s going to be a buyer knocking on the door tomorrow morning, and the holidays are all planned, spring of 2019 is planned. In this industry, you have to plan ahead.”The business and property at 793 Main St., including 5,300 square feet of growing space and a delivery van, are listed with Bean Group for $379,900.“I would love to see someone come in and take the flower shop over and start it over with their ideas,” he said.Small started working at Roak as a teenager in the greenhouse, then made deliveries, then gravitated to design. “... http://www.sunjournal.com/after-owner-logs-40-years-lewistons-roak-the-florist-up-for-sale/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html