Local Flower Shop News
Susan Bachman West to become president of floral retailer Bachman's - Minneapolis Star TribuneTuesday, November 01, 2016
Bachman’s 670-acre Lakeville growing and wholesale operation.Bachman West is one of three fifth-generation Bachmans involved in the business. She declined to say whether she is heir apparent to Dale Bachman, saying she’s always focused on the job at hand. ... http://www.startribune.com/susan-bachman-west-to-become-president-of-floral-retailer-bachman-s/377501531/
The goal: collecting 5 tons of food from a Roseville farmers' market - Lillie NewsMonday, November 16, 2015
I respond well to food."Meeting needsSt. Paul Farmers' Market organizes the Corpus Christi market, along with 18 others in the metro."From Andover to Lakeville," Nancy Allen, an office manager from SPFM, said of the organization's scope.Allen said that Sande's efforts fit in well at the market. Food is being donated to those in need, while vendors still sell much of the food to customers, who donate it."It's wonderful; it's a win-win situation," she said.Christine Pulver, director of basic needs at Keystone, said that Sande and folks like him are integral in supporting the community service provider's food shelf."The growers who donate the food and folks like Gerry who coordinate these donations are people who keep our services moving," Pulver said. "Through these donations we were able to provide unlimited fresh produce to our participants during the growing season."With respect to that "unlimited fresh produce," Sande explained that those who use the food shelf can typically take home a certain weight of non-perishable foods, while the produce from the farmers' market isn't weighed as a part of that total.As such, both he and Cavanaugh said that the produce goes fast. Sande said he remembers the biggest day he'd ever had — 980 pounds of produce collected — and that a couple days later, all that remained of it at Keystone were five milk crates of fresh food out of the half-ton.Eyes on next yearFarmers' market customers know Sande; folks passed by to say hello and warm greetings are exchanged.A handful of people dutifully dropped bags of food at his truck, and at least one exchanged a $10 bill for a $5."I take cash," Sande said, "which I promptly go spend [on produce in the market] when I'm not answering reporter's questions."Asked if his sights are set on next May, Sande laughed in affirmation and explained, "I'm kind of hooked on [doing this]; there are so many nice people ... people are so generous if you give them an opportunity."Sande said that during his off-season — the winter — he hunkers down and reads books, spends time with his wife, grown daughters and grandchildren. He said that he and his wife used to be snowbirds, heading for more southern climes in the winter. But they have since given that up, explaining that both he and his wife are from North Dakota."We're already 'south' for the winter," he said, laughing.Thinking of May 2016, Sande says he'd like to get another person out at another market, doing the same thing he does, noting the Aldrich Arena farmers' market in Maplewood would be a good place to set up shop and collect food-shelf donations."I've been trying to find ways to expand," he said, adding, "I'm trying to recruit somebody," seemingly with that somebody in mind.When all was said and done with the last farmers' market of the year at Corpus Christi, Cavanaugh phoned in the results."It was head and shoulders over," she said, reporting that Sande had collected 11,022 pounds of food, just more than 5 1/2 tons.Mike Munzenrider can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-748-7813. Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.Food shelf winter needsKeystone Community Services Director of Basic Needs Christine Pulver says that as winter comes on, food shelf distribution shifts.“The amount of produce available will decline, and the majority will come from the food bank system and local retailers,” Pulver says.“We are always in need of ethnic foods and staple foods used in many cuisines — rice, pasta, flour, etc. — and high protein foods such as tuna, canned chicken and chili.”For more information about Keystone head to www.keystonecommunityservices.org or call 651-645-0349. http://www.lillienews.com/articles/2015/11/03/goal-collecting-5-tons-food-roseville-farmers%25E2%2580%2599-market
How a Mining Boom Led a Mormon Florist to Invent the Pisco Sour - Atlas ObscuraWednesday, March 14, 2018
Once a florist in Utah, Victor V. Morris lived half his life in Peru and opened a famous bar. Femke de JongOn the first Saturday of February, Peruvians raise a glass to their country’s most well-known cocktail: the Pisco Sour. Since 2003, this simple twist on the classic Whiskey Sour has had its own national holiday. But while the drink evokes a sense of pride in Peru, the Pisco Sour is largely considered the invention of an unlikely figure: a Mormon man from Salt Lake City named Victor V. Morris.The curious path that led Morris from Utah to the Peruvian Andes began not in spirits but in flowers. Born into a large and well-respected Welsh Mormon family, Morris co-ran a floral shop with two of his brothers. But tragedy struck in 1900, when Morris’s older brother, Burton, got into a fight while on a date and was killed by two bullets through his heart. Worse, the assailant was acquitted in a high-profile case after pleading self-defense. An outraged Morris told a reporter that the legislature “...
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...
Free Flower Friday spreads cheer across Greater Cincinnati - WLWT CincinnatiWednesday, March 14, 2018
Do you roll over and go back to sleep, or do you write down the idea to later bring it to life? Advertisement. Matt Hiatt of Hiatt's Florist and Gifts ... http://www.wlwt.com/article/free-flower-friday-spreads-cheer-across-greater-cincinnati/19378303
Health staff say it with flowers — just because - Newark AdvertiserWednesday, March 14, 2018
Women’s and Children’s Division, Helena Clements, wanted to give flowers to a colleague to say she was grateful for her support.Rather than have a bouquet delivered from a florist, Helena decided to support a local charity and have volunteers design an arrangement and deliver it to the hospital. After the appreciation of the first arrangement, Helena decided to support the charity further and continue to spread thanks by signing the department up for a year’s worth of flowers, with a different team member receiving a bouquet each Tuesday.She said: “The idea is that the last person to receive flowers decides who the next bouquet should go to within the division but in a different department.“It is always a lovely surprise for the recipient and means so much to them to be thought of by a friend and a colleague.“It is just such a lovely way to say thank you and it is good for staff morale, as well as supporting a worthy cause too.“I have worked with the Flower Pod in the past so I already knew of their great work and wanted to support their cause further.“I would definitely recommend doing something like this to other organisations. It has been well received.”Advertisement'It made me feel incredibly special and valued'Reach Learning Disability supports people with learning disabilities and is based in Southwell.The charity grows flowers at its garden site and one of the charity’s supported volunteers, Anita Highland, selects flowers and puts together an arrangement, decorates the tin they are in and delivers them.Anita said: “I like doing the flowers every week because I am learning how to make arrangements. The comments about how pretty the flowers are make me feel really happy.” Last week, the assistant general manager of the Women’s and Children’s Division, Lorraine Binch, who received flowers the week before, chose to give colleague Dr Victoria Walker, a consultant paediatrician within community paediatrics, the Just Because flowers.Anita visited King’s Mi...
Saving spring: How the Ohio River almost stole thousands of tulips - Cincinnati.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Park went to battle stations.They were ready. When the park flooded three years ago, the workers had made a point of watching how far up the water came and what was going to be planted there.The park florists – actually they're horticulturalists – saw that the tulip bulbs in the Memory Garden bed needed attention.Workers all over the park were moving the foot piano, chess pieces, picnic tables and all the stuff that required electricity. They also moved salt and mulch and potting soil. (They moved everything into the parking garage only to learn that the garage would also be submerged. So they moved all that stuff again.)But the bulbs, planted in an intricate pattern of undulating color, couldn't be just yanked out of the ground and put in a bag and replanted when the water dropped.The bed was replanted this year with bulbs to create a special ombre effect, shading from dark purple to light pink. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)It was supposed to be this fabulous show of color. "We were excited to see how it turned out," said florist Corrie Carswell.So, moving the bulbs required some, well, innovation."As a Hail Mary to try to protect 3,500 tulips, we tarped and sandbagged the overlook bed," she said.A team that included florists Corrie Carswell ,Garrett Dienno and Jay Swanson and district crew leader Casey McCann came up with and executed a simple plan to save tulips from the Ohio River: Cover the bulbs, load on sandbags and hope for the best. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)The water rose, creating a blue tarp island in the midst of the muddy water, lapping at the edges of the bed. The water soon covered it. The water continued to rise.The river crested at 60.9 feet, putting the beds under about 6 feet of water, Carswell said. p class=...