SHELTON, Conn. -- You kind of have to see them to believe them but the flowers at Stone Gardens Cut Flowers are just beginning to show off their spring glory.
The 3-year-old Shelton flower farm, which works alongside the family-run Stone Gardens Farm , offers Connecticut home grown vegetables, meat, and poultry along with a flower CSA which runs from mid-July to mid-September.
You can purchase a weekly or biweekly bouquets or a DIY bucket share for either pickup at the farm or local delivery to a few select locations in Fairfield County. The farm also offers design services for events, flower crowns, and DIY buckets.
Mostly, however, they are known for their huge variety of locally grown flowers and their custom farmers market bouquets. Expect to find everything from sweet scented English Sweet Peas in the spring, dinner plate Cafe au Lait dahlias that are the size of your head in the summer, and heirloom Chrysanthemums in the fall.
These are flowers you don't typically find in your local supermarket, explained Katelyn Kazukynas. That's because conventional flowers have been bred and processed to survive traveling thousands of miles, bathed in preservatives and fungicides, before they reach your hands.
The durability comes at a major expense, she said, with flowers losing scent, variety, color, and freshness.
"The American Grown flower movement strives to provide responsibly grown, seasonal flowers. Buying local can also stimulate the rural economy, preserving both farmland and the natural integrity of flowers," she explained.
This spring Stone Gardens will have many new varieties of Sweet Peas, Anemones, Ranunculus, and specialty daffodils.
You can find their custom bouquets at the Shelton Farmers Market at 10 Canal St. from May to November 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from June to Oct. from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Flowers are also available starting May 1 at the farm stand at Stone Gardens Farm, 83 Saw Mill City Road, and by special request through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.stonegardenscutflowers.com for more details on events, wholesale availability, and the Bouquet CSA.
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