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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.

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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April 11 2022

Flower Club: Bloom Battle '22 Floral Glory

Tags: At LoCoFlo, Flower Club

It's been three years since our amateur designers have entered the octagon - so long that some forgot they had even registered for the competition back in 2020. The time away showed no diminished skill and no lack of floral ferocity. If anything, the battle was as fierce as ever.

There was a run-a-way winner: Liz Pope crushed it with the People's Choice Award and !st Place prize.

Always the bridesmaid, Chris Vaeth picked up 2nd Place.

First time contestant and flower enthusiast newbie Susan Dumont took 3rd.

Laurel Ady won the Instagram Famous (as though she wasn't already) prize.

Another banger in the studio. Check out all the pictures and videos from the event. What's up with the cinnamon rolls?

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February 26 2022

We're Not Going Viral

Tags: Stuff You Can Buy, At LoCoFlo

Hey Guys! Here is an update regarding our products and services:

  • Sat@LoCoFlo
    Open Saturdays 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
    We have pre-orders, pre-made bouquets, build your own bouquet and more!
  • Open Studio
    Discontinued. Join us for our new seasonal Flower Happy Hour.
  • BookClub
    Meeting offsite in person.
  • The PickUp
    Discontinued. Order for pick up on Saturday mornings or Wednesday afternoons (Spring and Fall). Make it a subscription.
  • Classes
    Classes scheduled. Note: Doors will be open for ventillation, participants will be limited for distancing, and we will follow all Baltimore City orders.
  • Weddings/Events
    We will be emailing each event contact individually a month in advance of the event. If your event is cancelled/postponed, please let us know ASAFP.

Keep On Flo'in
We are trying to keep our employees working and our farmers growing! Here are some new and expanded services/products. We are taking precautions and following all laws and safety recommendations. Please be patient - our supplies and labor availability are frequently interrupted. It's flowers!

  • Orders
    We are expanding our delivery area and schedule! Order using our form. Don't miss our add-ons!
  • The LoCoFlo Bucket
    Missing your flower fix? This DIY floral design at home is a great social distancing project. We deliver a bucket of flowers (and optional vase) to you. An accompanying weekly video tells you the story of the flowers with design demo. Order or read more.
  • Subscriptions
    Subscriptions are the best way to keep our growers growing, our workers working and LoCoFlo locofloing! Order (check the subscription box) or read more
  • Seasonal Flower Happy Hour
    Flower Happy Hour is a self-directed flower design event. Just drop-in Wednesdays 3-7 Spring and Fall (check our Events page for dates). Bring a vase or buy one from us. We have the flowers, the corkscrew, and everything else you need. Come solo for some alone time with flowers, or bring friends for a unique social outing.
Keep on Rollin' with the Flo!

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