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We Know Our Sources: Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

We Know Our Sources: Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

“Farming Found Us”

When first-generation farmers Gretel and Steve Adams first opened their urban farm six miles outside of downtown Columbus, Ohio they planned to live off the land.  In addition to flowers, they were growing vegetables for a CSA and raising pigs and chickens. Each year they dropped another enterprise to focus on flowers and, nine years later, the chickens lay eggs solely for the couple as they’re 100% focused on flowers.

Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Field

A Little Oasis

Sunny Meadows’ flowers originate on the Adams’ “little piece of country in the city.” Production currently occurs on four of their ten acres. They have nine greenhouses that allow them to extend the season when Ohio weather decides to be unpredictable.

The urban setting allows for access to resources such as leaves from a nearby neighborhood that are added to homemade compost. The mixture also includes flower scraps, plant material, and, occasionally, manure. Along with composting, Gretel and Steve have been proactive in utilizing beneficial insects.

Learning & Growing

The two are kept motivated because, Gretel said, “there are always things to learn…always new varieties to grow.”

Their desire to discover new flora is certainly evident in the mixed bouquets you found at your local Heinen’s. Each week, from late spring to late fall, the arrangements can differ based on what’s blooming in the field. “As the customer, you’re experiencing the changes in the season,” said Gretel.

Once you bring them home, change the water every other day. She stresses that fresh, clean water is the best thing as bacteria is what kills flowers the fastest. It’s also recommended to keep them out of direct sunlight. Beyond that, they’re yours to enjoy.

Sunny Meadows Flowers

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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