FARM FRESH FLOWERS


local   +   organic    +    sustainable farming practices

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FARM FRESH FLOWERS


local   +   organic    +    sustainable farming practices

 

who we are

Goldfinch Flowers is owned and operated by Bryan Gjevre and Harold Wilkins. Based out of Baldwin, Wisconsin, Goldfinch Flowers is a company that specializes in cut-flower bouquets and cut-flowering branches. Bryan and Harold, along with an additional three to four employees during the busy summer growing months, spend their time tending to and caring for a variety of plants on the eight acres that make Gold finch Flower Farm. These plants are then sold at our farmers market and to wholesalers and retailers.

 

find us at local farmers markets


 

Mill City Farmers Market    l    Minneapolis

find us at local farmers markets


 

Mill City Farmers Market    l    Minneapolis

With apologies to Gertrude Stein, a rose is not always a rose. Sometimes it’s more like a Stepford rose, with a flawless stem and tight, symmetrical petals, wrapped in cellophane, alongside 11 equally unblemished clones.

This is not the same soulful rose that inspired countless poets and lovers.

It is, however, a Valentine’s Day blockbuster. On this day Americans will spend nearly $2 billion on cut flowers, and a dozen long-stemmed roses are the most popular choice.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 80 percent of all flowers sold in the U.S. are imported, primarily from South American industrial flower farms that have a history of using harsh chemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides and unfair labor practices. At the U.S. border, flowers must be fumigated to clear customs.

We use sustainable farming practices to deliver fresh, local, beautiful flowers for you. 

Though the sustainable flower market is still tiny, it’s clearly growing. According to the USDA, the number of small flower farms has increased by about 20 percent during the past five years. As of the 2012 census, there were nearly 6,000 flower farms across the country.

Many small flower growers are taking a cue from organic food farmers, who have successfully harnessed the farm-to-table trend. More of us now know where our beef comes from and how our tomatoes are grown, but it rarely occurs to us to ask the same questions about the flowers on our tables.

Visit us at Mill City Farmers Market every Saturday during the growing season for fresh cut flowers and arrangements and at the indoor winter markets for holiday centerpieces, dried arrangements, wreaths, garlands, and more!