Freeburg Flower Shop News
Caledonia florist Mary Ann Schmitz is ready to retire after 65 years - La Crosse TribuneTuesday, December 13, 2016
Welscher said of working at a flower shop.“I have to thank the people from places like Caledonia, Brownsville, Hokah, Houston, Spring Grove, Etizen, Freeburg and New Albin,” said Schmitz, who has three part-time employees. “They’ve all been very good to us. Without their help, we’d have never made it.”Schmitz said she always has loved flowers, and their smell. Pink roses are her favorites.“I like everything but sunflowers,” Schmitz said. “I’ll put them in (if asked), but I don’t like them because they tip their heads and look shabby.”Roses, carnations and lilies have been the shop’s biggest-selling flowers, Schmitz said.Mother’s Day is the shop’s busiest season, and Valentine’s Day is second.Besides cut flowers, Mary Ann’s Floral & Gift sells cemetery urns, plants, seeds, insecticides, fertilizer, other gardening supplies and party balloons.Schmitz still has the first item that her shop ever sold – a small ceramic planter in the shape of a woman. Her aunt, Tillie Ernster, bought the planter.“She always kept it on display in her house,” Schmitz said. “When she died (in 1968), her kids gave it to me.”Get news headlines sent daily to your inbox... http://lacrossetribune.com/business/local/caledonia-florist-mary-ann-schmitz-is-ready-to-retire-after/article_8b06e1cf-2fa6-5dc1-832e-744d35eeb25c.html
PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Jersey's Flowers repeats at Granite Invite - Alton TelegraphTuesday, September 27, 2016
Chatham Glenwood senior Chris Durr was runner-up in 15:24.30.Marion zenior Zach Young (15:25.15), Freeburg junior Charlie Parrish (15:27.62) and Edwardsville junior Franky Romano (15:30.11) completed the top five individuals.O’Fallon won the boys division with 91 points. Glenwood (126), St. Louis U High (142), Edwardsville (158) and Freeburg rounded out the top five of 24 teams that fielded a complete lineup. Flowers ran as an individual for Jersey, which sent just three runners to Granite.Alton (475) placed 17th, Roxana (600) was 24th and Civic Memorial was 32nd. Evan Rathgeb finished in 24th place in 15:57.05 to lead the Redbirds, who also put Kelvin Cummings (16:25.52) in 39th. The Shells were led by James Henseler (17:37.34) in 103rd place and Brandon Isom (17:41.32) in 106th, while the Eagles’ Cohl Callies was 85th in 17:19.49.East Alton-Wood River’s Brendon Springman ran as an individual and took 57th in 16:42.23.GIRLS DIVISIONThe Edwardsville Tigers enjoyed a big day by placing all seven of its runners in the top 35, including their five scorers in the top 17. The Tigers finished with 49 points to beat Southwestern Conference rival O’Fallon at 105.Freeburg scored 129 points, Waterloo had 180 and defending champion Chatham Glenwood was fifth with 218. Jersey placed 21st, Roxana was 22nd and Alton was 26th in a field of 26 teams and 192 runners.Edwardsville freshman Abby Korak was overall runner-up in 18:34.83. Waterloo sophomore Jenna Schwartz won in 18:10.13. Sophomore Abby Schrobilgen (18:59.54) was sixth, soph Jaycie Hudson (19:09.45) was... http://thetelegraph.com/sports/88801/prep-cross-country-jerseys-flowers-repeats-at-granite-invite
Flowers dominates Granite City Invitational field, Alton, East Alton runners also post solid performances - RiverBender.comTuesday, September 20, 2016
Alton-Wood River’s Brandon Springman was 57th (16:42.23).INDIVIDUAL TOP TENBen Flowers, Jersey (15:00.51); Chris Durr, Chatham Glenwood (15:24.30); Zach Young, Marion (15:25.15); Charlie Parrish, Freeburg (15:27.62); Franky Romano, Edwardsville (15:30.11); John Bruce, Marion (15:38.16); Christopher Conrad, O'Fallon (15:40.72); Andrew O'Keefe, Granite City (15:40.97); Austin Knight, Carterville (15:44.77); Kyle Dismukes, O'Fallon (15:45.91)OTHER AREA FINISHERSEDWARDSVILLE: Roland Prenzler, 17th (15:52.08); Max Hartmann, 42nd (16:29.59); Jacob Schoenthal, 46th (16:34.00); Jack Pifer, 58th (16:45.57); Sam McCormick, 59th (16:46.08); Zach Walters, 86th (17:19.96) ALTON: Evan Rathgeb, 24th (15:57.05); Kelvin Cummings, 39th (16:25.52); Arie Macias, 72nd (17:03.82) GRANITE CITY: Leo Nikonowicz, 67th (17:00.76); Kariem Ali, 105 (17:40.50) JERSEY: Andrew Bryden, 116th (17:59.43) CIVIC MEMORIAL: Cohl Callies, 85th (17:19.49); Nick Duley, 179th (19:21.67) ROXANA: James Henseler, 103rd (17:37.34); Brandon Isom, 106th (17:41.32) EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER: Brandon Springman, 57th (16:42.23); Chase Wallendorf, 165th (19:01.25) FRESHMAN/SOHPOMORE BOYSSpringfield – 62O'Fallon – 136Edwardsville – 138Triad – 139Waterloo – 140St. Louis University High – 183DeSmet – 186Chatham Glenwood – 247Carbondale – 264Jacksonville – 267Fort Zumwalt West – 269Mascoutah – 329Alton – 357Mount Vernon – 434Piasa Southwestern – 445Collinsville – 462Freeburg – 484Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin – 503Columbia – 524East St. Louis – 532Civic Memorial – 536Herculaneum, Mo. - 542Roxana – 560Belleville West – 579Farmington, Mo. - 609Belleville East – 614Granite City, Jersey, East Alton-Wood River – No ScoreINDIVIDUAL TOP TENWill Formea, Springfield (16:28.52); Eli Ward, Waterloo (16:39.98); Ethan Cherry, Carbondale (16:41.93); Issac Becker, Springfield (16:44.39); Dan Powell, Edwardsville (16:45.65); Kyle Boughter, Springfield, 16:47.29); Jackson McAlister, Waterloo (16:56.63); Casmir Cozzi, Mascoutah (16.57.70); Christian Cazier, Jersey (17:05.65); Brendan Fahey, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (17:10.41)OTHER AREA RUNNERS EDWARDSVILLE: Todd Baxter, 14th (17:15.38); Jacob Davis, 33rd (17:51.81); Jonah Durbin, 42nd (18:12.91); Joseph Brooks, 53rd (18:27.42); Henry Gruben, 64th (18:41.20); Josh Perry, 76th (19:01.81) ALTON: Cassius Havis, 30th (17:47.39); Zak...
Flowers looking for big finish at state meet in Peoria - STLtoday.comMonday, November 16, 2015
I am confident that the guys will run well at state. Each year, we go to that meet and we perform well."SEVENTH HEAVENThis will be Freeburg's seventh consecutive season at the state meet. The Midgets, competing in Class 1A, are led by Charlie Parrish and Alex Mack, who were two of only three runners to finish in under 17 minutes in the sectional meet."We just want to focus on each individual having a great race," Freeburg coach Carl Florczyk said. "If that happens, at the end of the day, the team will have a great day. I believe we have the chance to have a great meet."... http://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/boys-cross-country/flowers-looking-for-big-finish-at-state-meet-in-peoria/article_6530abd8-83c1-11e5-8089-63c85b763f43.html
Montrose falls in 4A quarterfinals - Montrose Daily PressMonday, November 16, 2015
But a run got Evergreen even at 11, then ahead by two, before the Indians battled back to even it at 13-13 and 15-15.The Cougars would go up two again, but a run that saw kills from Allie Freeburg, Micaiah Nichols and Lauren Peterson put Montrose back on top at 19-17.The Indians, unfortunately, would only manage one more point, and Evergreen finished on an 8-1 run to take the 25-20 win to force a tie-breaking set.And with the tie-breaker only going to 15, and momentum on their side, the Cougars early charge to a 6-1 lead proved too much for the Indians to overcome.They would make a valiant push, getting to within two at 12-10 and 14-12, but it was too little, too late as Evergreen finished off the 15-12 win to qualify for the Final Four.“They had five players who could really put the ball away and they were huge defensively with their blocking,” Forrest said. “We tried to get our middles involved, with Bryce (Gatt) and Micaiah (Nichols), but they kept getting blocked. They started hitting smarter and getting some points, but then their defense adjusted.”Evergreen’s run wouldn’t last must longer, as the Cougars would fall in three sets to top-seed Cheyenne Mountain by 25-14, 25-10 and 25-11 scores.In the other semifinal, defending champion Lewis-Palmer swept Ponderosa by scores of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-18 to set up an all Pikes Peak League championship match.For Montrose, Hill and Freeburg paced the offense with 16 and 15 kills, respectively, with Casebier handing out 36 assists.Hill, Adriana Flowers and Casebier went for 24, 21 and 19 digs, and Casebier, Hill, Peterson and Flowers all had a pair of service aces.Gatt and Peterson had four blocks each, with Nichols adding three.“There’s nothing to feel bad about, with the way we played,” Forrest said. “For example, in that fourth set when they came back and beat us, they earned 18 out of the 25 points, which is a huge percentage, and shows how good they are and how well we were playing.“It’s been a great year and I’m proud of what the girls were able to accomplish,” she continued. “We got everything we could out of them and they gave it everything they had.”Which was certainly good enough to rank them among the state’s elite. http://www.montrosepress.com/sports/montrose-falls-in-a-quarterfinals/article_e98a8188-8b64-11e5-b974-0b2fe424c4bd.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