Launched in 2015 by Slow Flowers founder, Debra Prinzing, American Flowers Week is a one-week community-focused celebration to raise consumer awareness about the origins of their flowers and to unite America’s flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry.
Millwood Flower Farm in Reddick, Florida, is proud to be part of the Slow Flowers movement, providing locally grown flowers to Ocala and Gainesville, Florida. And we are grateful to our customers for making our local business possible.
Growing flowers in Florida in the summer is tough! The heat index is often over 100 degrees, so very few flowers are left in our field, and what is left, we are either drying for the winter season or we’re enjoying on our tables. We are busy buying seeds for next season’s flowers and soon the seed-starting will begin in earnest, so we can be back at the farmer’s market in September.
Reflecting back over our first season of having flowers for sale, I feel so grateful for the patrons of the Ocala Downtown Market. We missed you last Saturday - our first Saturday that we didn’t spend with you in 5 months. We love to see your joyful expressions as you pick a bouquet. We even like to watch the involuntary smiles as non-customers walk past our booth. Who doesn’t love flowers?!