Slow Flowers: The Beauty in Buying Local

book cover for The 50 Mile BouquetMy latest exciting book find is The 50 Mile Bouquet - Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers by Debra Prinzing and David E. Perry. By now most everyone knows about the push toward local or regional food (also known as the slow food movement). The same trend holds for flowers, and this is what the book is about. Slow flowers are flowers that are grown close to home - in this case, within 50 miles. The stories in the book are inspiring! Who knew, for example, that wild persimmons (in the hard, unripened stage) could be used in floral arrangements? The book has taught me to view many of the native plants growing on our farm in a whole new way. It has also reinforced my view of organic farming. So if you're shopping for fresh flowers, think local. Support your local flower farmers!