Trenton Flower Shop News
Farmer-florists are the hot growing trendMonday, October 01, 2018
In Canada, Melanie Harrington established Dahlia May Flower Farms on her family farm in Trenton, Ontario after reading Benzakein’s book and deciding to take a workshop on Floret Farm in Washington. With over 60,000 Instagram followers (@dahliamayflowerfarm), Harrington has no problem marketing her sustainably grown, unique and often heirloom varieties from her roadside stand and to local florists. The beauty of flowers, of course, is that they sell themselves. “A lot of trends from the local-food movement are definitely spilling over”, Melanie told Ben when he dropped by the farm where she now produces row upon row of colourful flowers for cutting. “A handful of commercial greenhouses in the Niagara area have also been switched over to marijuana production, which puts a crunch on supply of greenhouse space. There’s a lot of trends coming together, but I’m just happy to focus on what I enjoy doing – being creative and growing beautiful flowers.” Located in Thornhill Ontario, Antonio Valente is a perfect example of how the farmer-florist trend is taking hold even in more urban environments. Valente was a substitute teacher with a passion for flowers when he started selling cut flowers from the beds he kept in his parent’s backyard. Also marketing himself through Instagram, where he posts rich photography from his garden as well as how-to videos at @antonionvalenteflowers, he recently took over his parent’s half-acre property and still can’t grow enough to meet demand. “I’m competing with larger growers who are producing acres of flowers, so I grow varieties that a florist wouldn’t typically find from a wholesaler, heirlooms such as dahlias Gerrie Hoek and Pam Howdenand foxglove Sutton’s apricot. This allows me to differentiate myself and compete with the big guys.” Florist Rebecca De Oliveira, of Blush & Bloom Flower Studio, is buying more of her fresh cut flowers from these farm... https://www.burnabynow.com/community/farmer-florists-are-the-hot-growing-trend-1.23423374
Memorial gatherings, funeral services announced for young men brutally murdered in Solebury - Bucks Local NewsTuesday, July 18, 2017
Dean Finocchiaro, of Middletown Township, who died on Friday, July 7. Calling hours will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. followed by his funeral at 4 p.m. at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Interment will be held privately.Jimi PatrickBorn in Doylestown, the son of Karin Patrick, he was lovingly raised by his devoted grandparents, Sharon and Rich Patrick in Newtown.Jimi attended St. Andrew School, Newtown and was a 2016 graduate of Holy Ghost Preparatory School. While attending Holy Ghost Prep, he not only received distinguished honors for his academic performance, but also participated in numerous community service projects and played for the Holy Ghost Prep baseball team. Jimi recently completed his freshman year at Loyola University, Md. Majoring in business, he was attending Loyola on a full scholarship and was awarded academic recognition on the Dean's list.Jimi was employed at the Candlewyck in Buckingham, was previously employed with the food service department at D'Youville Manor in Yardley, and was a faithful communicant of the Church of St. Andrew in Newtown.As a child, Jimi played baseball for the Council Rock Newtown Little League. He was an excellent pitcher and hitter. As a result, he was a member of the Newtown travel team which won several tournaments and league trophies. Jimi also played basketball in the St. Andrew CYO league.In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate contributions in his name be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010 or Nami - Bucks Chapter, 600 Louis Dr., Suite 106, Warminster, PA 18974.Dean FinocchiaroDean Finocchiaro graduated from Neshaminy High School in 2016 where he was a member of the Ice Hockey Team. He also played for several other hockey teams in the area.Ever since a young age, Dean was active, especially outdoors, whether it was stunts on his bicycle or skateboard. But his greatest passion was the enjoyment of riding his dirt bike.Dean had been employed as a cook at Richman's Ice Cream Company in Levittown since its opening in March.Dean's favorite quote was, "Love the Life you Live and Live the Life you Love."In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dean's name may be made to NOVA, 2320 York Road, Suite B-1, Jamison, Pa. 18929.Thomas C. MeoThomas C. Meo was the beloved son of Melissa Fratanduono-Meo and Charles M. Meo III,... http://www.buckslocalnews.com/news/memorial-gatherings-funeral-services-announced-for-young-men-brutally-murdered/article_1e439c2a-6b33-11e7-bc80-1b2c7d3836c1.html
Archive: The 2006 NJ government shutdown - from casinos to courts, all were quiet - NorthJersey.comWednesday, July 05, 2017
CLOSE A breakthrough — or a government shutdown — is possible as negotiations over New Jersey’s fiscal year 2018 budget grind on in Trenton. Staff Writer Nicholas Pugliese explains. Dustin Racioppi/The RecordEast Rutherford, NJ 07/05/2006 The Racetrack at the Meadowlands was closed due to a budget crisis in Trenton that lasted 8 days in 2006.(Photo: Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com)In 2006, the New Jersey government shutdown for eight days over a budget stalemate between Gov. Jon Corzine and the legislature. The Record fanned out across the state to take the measure of its effects.Here is what we found on July 5, 2006 and what the future may hold if a shutdown occurs in 2017: Slot machines fell silent. Judges' gavels didn't bang. And parks closed their gates to visitors across New Jersey on Wednesday as the state government, which had been shutting down in stages since Saturday, ground to an unceremonious halt. With the distraction of Independence Day behind them, New Jersey residents experienced the full effect of a state government in hibernation. And with Governor Corzine and Democratic lawmakers still at odds... http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/06/29/archive-2006-n-j-government-shutdown-casinos-courts-all-were-quiet/441472001/
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 placed, but Instacart has had to cut pay for workers as it tries to scale. Amazon, meanwhile, has set up refrigerated warehouses in t...
Fiction: The Boy Who Made Flowers - Boing BoingTuesday, August 23, 2016
Instead, as he attempted to survive carnation asphyxiation, all Charlie could think about were the tragic cases of Jasleen Bannerjee -- she could summon lightning, but she wasn't immune to it -- and Trenton Smythe, who flew up so high and fast that he shot out to space and never returned. It would be bad enough if his ability were something floral. The idea of dying from it was mortifying. It can't be, Charlie thought. Something must be wrong with me.His mother arrived ten minutes later. In the interval, Mrs. Wong's brown and beige den had transformed into a florist's Technicolor dream."How beautiful," his mother exclaimed.Charlie burst into tears. Forget-me-nots accumulated around them in cobalt drifts."What's wrong with me?" he sobbed.Charlie hadn't shown any outward signs of puberty, a known requirement for manifesting. He had yet to fill out his muscles or pop any pimples, and baby fat rounded his cheeks. The school choir director kept trying to recruit him to sing soprano."This can't be my ability!" Charlie's voice scraped low, confirming what the flowers had hinted at."Don't be silly! What else could it be? Let's pack up your violin and get you a check-up."#At the clinic, Charlie was assigned to a counselor who introduced herself as "Miss Yaro, specialist in early-stage manifestation."Charlie thought she was rather pretty with her straight, chestnut-colored hair and green eyes, though not as lovely as Amelie and far too old for his tastes."Congratulations, Charlie! How are you feeling?""I'm making flowers.""Yes, you have an unusual talent.""Unusual? This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of! I can't fight bad guys like Nawemi. I can't help sick people or fly through tornadoes. I'm useless!""I understand your feelings," Miss Yaro said. "But the fact remains, this is the ability you have. Not everyone can be a war hero. Besides, Nawemi always tells me that he hates the violence he inflicts.""You know him?"Miss Yaro smiled. "We went to school together. Now, let's start teaching you to control your manifestations.""Do I have to?""If you can't control your abilities, you could become a danger to others and yourself."Charlie raised a skeptical eyebrow."Okay, maybe not to others, but you did almost choke.""What about drugs to stop manifestations? I read about those when we were driving over."Miss Yaro shook her head. "They're intended for extreme cases, and they come with bad side effects.""Like what?""Those drugs aren't meant for you, Charlie. Live with your ability for a while. Get to know it. You might find it easier to manage than you think."But Charlie was determined that he wouldn't. He let her load the edocs and videos about breathing exercises onto his phone, though he had no intention of watching them. He didn't want to meditate his way to perfect flowers. If he was cursed to have the world's most pathetic ability, he was going to make sure nobody knew about it.That night, after Charlie ate dinner and finished his homework, his parents sat down to talk with him. This was obviously one of those conversations that deserved a Formal Title."So you're becoming a man," his father said, eliciting a massive eye-roll from Charlie. "With grea... http://boingboing.net/2016/08/15/fiction-the-boy-who-made-flow.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/