Colfax Flower Shop News
A hard year for farmers - Southwest JournalTuesday, August 13, 2019
I need once every three years? Can I keep my farm?New strategiesFor now, local farmers are finding ways to adapt. Seeing climate predictions for more heavy rain, Racing Heart Farm in Colfax, Wisconsin, stopped tilling altogether last year, aiming to improve the health of the soil and prevent runoff. Instead, the farmers used landscape fabric and relied on worms to essentially till the soil for them. Fulton farmers from Yang’s Fresh Produce, based in Roberts, Wisconsin, dug a deep canal to drain rainfall and snowmelt, although the field still floods during heavy storms. Taya Schulte said Growing Lots Urban Farm is staying adaptable by working small plots in the Seward neighborhood, not needing heavy equipment to farm.span... https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/2019/08/a-hard-year-for-farmers/
Denver’s Top 5 Florists - CBS DenverTuesday, August 13, 2019
Yelp. You can find the florist at 2709 W. 38th Ave.Ed Moore FloristAnd then there’s Ed Moore Florist, a South Park Hill favorite with 4.5 stars out of 54 reviews. Stop by 6101 E. Colfax Ave. to hit up the next time you’re in the mood.Article provided by Hoodline. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/02/14/denvers-top-best-5-florists/
Local wedding planner has a new challenge: Planning her ownTuesday, October 16, 2018
Johnson met her fiancé, Brian Kehne, while both were in Las Vegas for different conventions and a friend introduced them. Kehne is originally from Colfax, and they discovered they had a shared a love of golf. When they decided to get married, they picked the Golf Club at Black Rock in Coeur d’Alene as their wedding. Kehne even has a tee time set for 18 holes Saturday morning, only hours before the couple exchanges vows.Johnson started her career as an event planner at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and the Davenport Hotel and opened her own business 12 years ago. Over the years she’s seen a lot of things go wrong. A windstorm once destroyed everything set up for an outdoor wedding only minutes before it was set to begin. In another case, a bride had a pen explode all over her dress 30 minutes before the ceremony.“We’ve had not enough food, we’ve had too much food,” she said. “In planning mine, I’ve tried to avoid all those potential dangers.”One of the hardest things about planning her wedding was keeping the guest list down to an “intimate” gathering of 129 people, she said. “One of my girlfriends said I could have filled the Spokane Arena with people who wanted to attend my wedding,” she said.Johnson said it probably won’t sink in that this wedding day is for her until she slips into her wedding dress on Saturday. She’s anxious to see her friends and family and, ever the wedding planner, wants to make sure they all enjoy themselves.“I want my friends and family to have the experience of being greeted and treated,” she said.A wedding veteran, she said she’s not anxious and is confident that she and her new husband will have a good life together. “I’m not nervous at all about him,” she said. “I’m just excited.”... http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/oct/13/local-wedding-planner-has-a-new-challenge-planning/
Personalized floral arrangements now sold at Colfax grocer - Newton Daily NewsTuesday, March 28, 2017
COLFAX — The gift of flowers has always played an important role in almost every single relationship.From giving a single rose to say sorry for something silly or a bouquet of colorful daisies to celebrate a momentous occasion, people gift flowers just to tell someone special they care.In the past, many Colfax residents had to drive about 10 miles to gift these fragrant arrangements. Now, thanks to a new partnership between Shugar’s and Flowers By Rebecca, locals can purchase a personalized, floral design at the grocery store, 28 E. Howard St.“We have never had a major floral section before,” Shugar’s store manager, Jenny Welch said. “I would love to keep the stuff (local) if we can.”Flowers By Rebecca began selling flowers at Shugar’s on Valentine’s Day. Due to its success and positive response from the community, the business decided to allow the certified floral designer, Rebecca Carter, to continue selling her flowers throughout the year.“We had a great turnout for Valentine’s Day. http://www.newtondailynews.com/2017/03/13/personalized-floral-arrangements-now-sold-at-colfax-grocer/a6rq777/
Florists' credit union finds niche - Albuquerque JournalWednesday, August 17, 2016
Roswell, Belen Railway Employees Credit Union was founded to serve a core group of employees, in this case, employees of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Ditto for Colfax School Employees Credit Union in Raton — the smallest of them all — with just 170 members and $300,000 in assets. The “office” is located in a filing cabinet behind CEO Carolyn Hestand’s desk at Raton High School, where she is also works as the district’s special education secretary.Without credit unions like Colfax, a lot of working people in the state’s smaller communities would not have access to credit or financial services, said Hestand. Many members are retirees.“They like the way we do business,” said Hestand of loans for cars, horse trailers and vacations.Florist FCU has $8 million in assets, said Kenn Bell, president of the credit union, the only one chartered in the U.S. to serve the floral industry. “What makes us unique as a small credit union is we know more members by name, their stories, their challenges,” said Bell, whose three-person staff wears a lot of hats. “I know over half our members and can recognize their voices (on the phone),” he said.Members tend to be low- to middle-income earners, Bell said. They are designers and drivers, often single parents or the sole bread winner in their families. “As such, many often don’t have great credit scores, so we have had to change up our model for lending,” said Bell.Services important to members are remote deposit capture, mobile banking and access to an ATM service through the Illinois Credit Union League because it’s very focused on serving the needs of small credit unions.“We have a very robust ACA (Automated Clearing House) program with another vendor,” said Bell. “We are an $8 million credit union, but we send and receive about $16 million in transfers each year,” said Bell.Started in 1955, Belen Railway Credit Union has outgrown the living room of one of its founders and several other locations to serve its 2,000 members, which include railroaders and their families as well as vendors serving the industry.Automated banking is very important to railroaders, since many are out of town a lot, said Gerry Troyer, CEO and president of the seven-employee credit union with $28 million in assets.“If a smaller credit union can find a niche and a purpose, you are going to be OK. But you’ve got to find that niche,” Troyer said. http://www.abqjournal.com/827449/florists-credit-union-finds-niche.html
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more email@example.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
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