Stockton Flower Shop News
Modesto has nation’s largest garden club. It shows in 140 downtown flower pots - The Modesto BeeTuesday, December 04, 2018
Sixth-graders Varun Murali of Lakewood School and Joseph Yakligian of Fair Oaks School topped the countywide bee for elementary students. They will compete at the state bee in Stockton. Fifth-grader Taetum Cardenas of Connecting Waters Charter School won honorable mention and will go to Stockton if one of the others cannot. A sampling of the words the county champions had to spell: apiarist, idiosyncrasy, gasconade and intermittent. The county’s top junior high spellers were eighth-grader Alisha Chakravarty of Turlock Junior High School and seventh-grader Gurbaani Pannu of Prescott Junior High School. They will compete in the state bee in San Rafael. The alternate is seventh-grader Amay Parmar of Prescott. Some of the words they nailed: sacrilegious, deleterious, supercilious and magnanimity. The Stanislaus County Education Foundation and the county Office of Education put on the bees. Foster Farms aids Paradise Foster Farms donated $25,000 worth of its cooked chicken products to families affected by the massive Camp Fire in Paradise. The Livingston-based company is working with the Community Action Agency of Butte County and several food banks to deliver about 24,000 servings. “Community involvement has been a Foster Farms value since 1939,” CEO Laura Flanagan said in a news release. “As a California company, we feel a responsibility to step forward and support our fellow Californians in times of need.” The donation came amidst the ann... https://www.modbee.com/latest-news/article222463475.html
'Car Wash Man' Craig Barker was pleasant and hardworking man, say neighbours and customersTuesday, July 31, 2018
Saddened neighbours and customers of “Car Wash Man” Craig Barker paid tribute to the well-known Stockton dad.People who knew the 47-year-old described him as a helpful, kind and funny neighbour, who worked seven days a week “rain or shine” to support his family. Next-door neighbour, Peter Thomas was at home on Cleatlam Close on the Hardwick estate on Sunday when the attack took place. As reported, Mr Barker suffered serious injuries and tragically died on Tuesday. His dog Leo was killed with a hammer. Mr Thomas said he heard raised voices on Sunday but was unaware of the brutality taking place through his wall. “There was a lot of shouting,” he said. “I was just walking out and a police car turned up. “A policeman walked out of the car on his own and I said to him, ‘There’s a hell of a noise coming out of there, isn’t there?’ “The next thing I knew the ambulances turned up, police cars and paramedics.” Craig Barker Mr Thomas said he did not see any people enter the property prior to the arrival of the emergen... https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/car-wash-man-craig-barker-14951549
Craig Barker: Tributes and flowers for 'true gent' left in Stockton and ThornabyTuesday, July 31, 2018
Flowers have begun to appear and tributes are flooding in on social media to Stockton murder victim Craig Barker.Mr Barker, 47, who died on Tuesday, two days after being violently attacked in Hardwick , ran a car wash business in Thornaby town centre . And on Wednesday, amid social media suggestions of “flooding the car park with flowers”, bunches and bouquets had begun to appear. Floral tributes have also appeared near Mr Barker’s home. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in 8Cancel A florist in Thornaby’s Pavilion Centre, Heaven Scent, has opened a book of condolence for anyone wanting to leave a message in his memory. Heaven Scent’s owner told Teesside Live: “He was hard-working and always had time for people. Craig Barker “He loved the kids and if he was washing cars and, say someone was struggling with their shopping bags, he’d always help them lift them into the car. “Everyone is totally shocked - he was a lovely man.” Several shops in the centre are due to... https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/craig-barker-tributes-stockton-thornaby-14949521
Amazon's online grocery delivery service hits Dallas - TechCrunchTuesday, October 18, 2016
Baltimore, Boston, parts of California (L.A., Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Stockton), the New York metro, parts of Northern New Jersey and Trenton, the Philadelphia metro, Northern Virginia, and Stamford, CT, in addition to Seattle, London, and now, Dallas.But this year alone, Amazon has tackled some fairly sizable markets with the launches in London and Boston. Adding on a third market before year-end indicates increased momentum for Amazon’s Instacart competitor.The delivery service allows shoppers to order groceries online, including fresh and frozen items, then request either same-day or next-day delivery, depending on when they place the order. (Morning orders can be delivered the same evening.) The service also allows shoppers to select attended or unattended delivery – the latter meaning that groceries are left on the doorstep in refrigerated bags to keep items cool.Customers in regions where AmazonFresh is supported can shop for groceries from the main Amazon app, and they can try it for free for 30 days before committing to the additional $14.99 per month subscription fee. The code FRESH25 also offers a $25 per off discount on orders over $75 as an additional lure to try the new service.In the Dallas region, Amazon is working with area retailers through its Local Market program, which allows customers to shop from speciality stores like Local Yocal, V+V Apothicaire, Scardello Cheese and others. These items are delivered as part of customers’ AmazonFresh orders, the company says.Grocery delivery is a challenging business to make economically viable, given the need to keep products fresh. Instacart and others tackle this problem via an on-demand workforce who shops for customers as orders are place...
The Queen at 90: See window display dreamed up by Stockton's 'flower fairies' - Gazette LiveMonday, June 27, 2016
Creative florists have produced an eye-catching window display for the Queen’s 90th birthday.Nicola Place, 43, and Natalie Brooke-Harbron, 29, who run Simply Flowers in Fairfield, Stockton , wanted to say it with flowers for the Queen’s big day.And they’ve done it in style, with their tribute including a cardboard Queen, a floral Union flag and even a corgi dog made from chicken wire and moss.During the Upsall Grove shop’s 11 years, the window has often been dressed up for special events like Remembrance Sunday and Christmas - “at Christmas, we’re like the windows at Fenwick’s or Harrods,” laughed Nicola. But for the Queen’s 90th, they have pulled out all the stops. Natalie Brooke Harbron (front) with Sue Carroll (left) and Nicola Place (right) and some of the display in the shop Simply Flowers at Fairfield in Stockton has decorated the shop to mark the Queen's 90th birthday Corgi made of mossNicola said: “We don’t just do window displays for sales, we do them for people to enjoy.“We did one for William and Kate’s wedding so we decided to have one for the Queen’s 90th birthday too.“We started with the flag and it just grew from there, with the three tier birthda... http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/queen-90-see-window-display-11217014
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
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
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/