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October 30 2022

Winter in a Jar

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OMG! Can you even? So festive. It's Winter in a Jar!

Enhance the season with these spirited arrangements. Quart mason jars are stuffed with local mixed evergreens, berry branches, foraged Lake Montebello pine cones, jingle bells and joy.

Also, wow, what a gift! Send some winter wonder to a loved one.

$55 for one jar. $100 for two jars. $45 each for three or more jars. Order using our order form.

Available seasonally.

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October 29 2022

The LoCoFlo Gift Guide

Tags: Stuff You Can Buy

Registries. Wish lists, Come on. You can do better. Be a creative gift-giver this year.

Surprise sweetie. Delight mom. Enchant Memaw. Anybody can click a box on Amazon. You are different. You are the best boyfriend, girlfriend, wife or husband. So much better than your siblings. A gift from LoCoFlo will make you the envy of givers and will garner eternal gratitude from receivers.

No Black Friday at LoCoFlo. Only unique, thoughtful, gifts that say as much about you as the joy the gift brings itself. Local. Sustainable. Special.

Order Online

We make it easy to be the bombest gifter this season. Check out our order form for

Don't miss our add-ons: Sweatshirts and Butterbee honey.

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October 18 2022

Need Some Honey?

Tags: Stuff You Can Buy

Our long-time partner, Butterbee Farm, had another harvest of honey. Not only do we sell their flowers, you can also pick up something sweet of their's at our shop (or add on to an order).

Butterbee Honey is finally here! Add a little sweetness to your life with local, raw, natural honey from the bees of Butterbee. This honey has a delicate, flowery flavor and is great for adding sweetness to tea, toast, cereals, or anything else your heart desires. Our honey was produced from the nectar flows this past May, June, and early July. Clover served as the main source of nectar and pollen for our bees, resulting in light colored honey. The bees also feasted on our lavender, bachelors buttons, snapdragons, and other field crops. The honey is packaged in a standard 1/2 cup mason jar and weighs 6 oz. We suggest you reuse the jar when you are finished or we would happily accept them back to clean and package more honey. Our label was created by Baltimore's own Lianne Pflug, graduate of MICA and botanical artist.

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June 27 2022

Think Global, Buy Local Flowers

Tags: Farmers

Supply chain issues are widespread due to the pandemic. Flower imports are no exception. Additionally, a new problem is further disrupting the flower supply in the US - political protest in Ecuador.

Ecuador accounts for 10% of the world's flower exports with over $2 million shipped every day. Flower exports have been cut in half since protests began in mid June 2022.

Indigenous Ecuadorians have been "warming the streets" according to Eduardo Letort, CEO of Hoja Verde and President of Cayambe Association of Floraculture, in advance of elections next year. In a conversation on The Flower Podcast Letort described his experience trying to export flowers from Ecuador.

Protestors have blocked access to the airport and seized flower deliveries in their effort to lower gas prices, obtain assistance for small farms, and limit oil mining expansion, among other demands. Protestors have also been recruiting workers directly on the farms.

Letort has had to close operations when his workers leave to protest or to avoid potential violence. He has also resorted to paying bribes to pass blockades and delivering flowers to the airport by foot off-road and at night .

Wholesalers and florists in the US are noticing the disruption. Delays for orders and substitutions of varieties are increasingly common. Locally grown flowers have been one source to fill the need. Our growers have seen an increase in demand during the pandemic and again now with this additional supply disruption.

Flowers are an emotional and political product. Amy Stewart documented "the absurd arrangement" of the global flower market in her influential book, Flower Confidential. It is, for us, a maddening "intersection of nature and technology, of sentiment and commerce" and also climate concerns.

Buy local flowers! Viva Ecuador!

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June 21 2022

Farmer Fat Stacks

Tags: Classes, Farmers

Get ready to make some money! Ellen has launched her second online class with The Gardener's Workshop. Preparing to Sell to Florists is an on demand insider's workshop for flower growers who want to sell directly to florists.

Ellen shares what florists want from their flower providers and how to sell to them from over a decade of buying directly from the farm focusing on three topics:

  • Finding The Right Florist Customers
  • How to Price Your Product
  • All About Availability Lists
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How It Works

Sign up anytime. It's an on demand workshop. Go at your own pace - it's about two hours. There's even a no questions asked money back guarantee. If you purchase the class before July 4 2022, you will be invited to a live Q&A with Ellen!

Learn More

This class is for anyone who wants to sell flowers directly to florists. You might be a big, multi-generation farm looking for a new sales outlet or a hobbyist aspiring to upgrade to a side hustle. You will learn how florists work, how to compete with wholesalers, how to define your value proposition, how to pitch your product, and how to build an ongoing successful business relationship.

Don't just believe this rando blog. Hear Ellen talk about this class on the Field and Garden podcast. Get your bag!

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