Welcome to Week 6 of The Blooms
This week included Valentines Day and it was the first year that my husband knew better than to buy me a bunch of roses! What a Debbie Downer I am! In all honesty, up until the last year or so, I hadn’t really thought about where my valentine roses had come from in the heart of Winter. I was just so happy to receive them!
A friend of mine I met at flower school, who has just set up her own flower business, was off to the wholesalers for her valentine’s day orders, so I tagged along to see if I could get hold of some local flowers for my own valentines arrangement.
As my friend is not a local flower obsessed crazy like me, I found myself trying to figure out exactly how to determine which flowers were imported, which were local and if possible, which specific farms the local flowers came from. At first I was a bit over whelmed as there was very little clear labelling on the buckets and only some labelling on the sleeves. The flowers were all mixed together in the fridge in no particular origin order. Honestly, and I’m not just saying it, the easiest way to tell the local flowers form the imported was their seasonality and freshness. A price list posted on the fridge wall, nine times out of ten, confirmed I was right. Another little clue I had, was that I recognized the flower buckets from the United Flower Growers auction in Burnaby. They supply a lot of local flowers to wholesalers and if you look carefully their labelling indicates if the flowers are a product of Canada.
Finding out the actual farm the local flowers had come from proved harder. Some of the flower sleeves had labeling on them but other than those, I only had the product code on the price list and the United Flower Growers grower number to go by. Maybe if I had asked they might have provided me with a list of corresponding farms to the product codes? Hummmm, I wonder how many florists and supermarkets actually go to this much trouble to find the exact farm their flowers come from? Is knowing they are local enough?
I can be pretty sure my arrangement is 100% local, but I’d say only 60% sure of the exact farms origin (I choose as many blooms as I could with labelling on the sleeve), and only 30-40% sure of the farming methods used to grow them (two ingredients were from my garden and one farm explained their farming methods and efforts to be sustainable on their website).
I’m satisfied, because I know my blooms weren’t imported from across the globe, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that I don’t know the whole story about the origin of the flowers in my arrangement. But maybe that’s just me?!