Where to buy locally-grown tulips for Valentine’s Day.
While it’s hard to imagine locally-grown flowers in the middle of a Minnesota winter, two local growers are making good use of their greenhouses to force tulips just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Green Earth Growers
This marks Green Earth Growers first year selling Valentine bouquets. “We have tons of greenhouse space we don’t use this time of year,” says Jolea Gress, co-owner of Green Earth Growers, noting that this year was a trial run and they plan to expand tulip production next year.
After an unsuccessful attempt growing ranunculus last year (the timing didn’t work out, and the flowers bloomed after Valentine’s day), Gress is delighted to see that this years crop of double and parrot tulips in deep purple, pink and yellow are coming along nicely and will be ready for Valentines.
The women-owned business, which started in 2004, specializes in wholesale bedding plants and cut flowers, and also offers veggie shares and flower shares through a Community Supported Agriculture program.
Green Earth Growers tulip bouquets are $30 for 12-13 blooms and available for pickup on Feb. 13 or Feb. 14. Learn more and order Green Earth Grower Valentine Bouquets.
Blue Sky Flower Farm
Blue Sky Flower Farm is a family-owned flower farm that sells wholesale to designers, garden centers, gardens and retail shops. The farm also offers Community Supported Agriculture shares for flower bouquets, as well as bouquets for sale at a farm stand during select weekends throughout the growing season.
This year they’re offering three sizes of tulip bouquets: 12-14 blooms for $35, 18-20 blooms arranged in a vase for $65 or 30-40 blooms in a vase with a ribbon for $125. Pre-order bouquets and select your pick-up time and location on Blue Sky’s website.
If something sweet is more your speed, check out our ‘Sweet Valentine’s Treats From Local Makers‘ article.