A Wisconsin Farmer planted more than 2 million sunflowers in his farm to give everyone a little sunshine in this trying time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scott Thompson's family decorated their farm in Kenosha County with flowers for the first time in more than 70 years. Usually, the pick-your-own farm would only plant strawberries in summer, raspberries, and pumpkins in the fall.
Two Million Sunflowers
With the heartening events happening this year, Thompson and his wife thought that spreading a little bit of sunshine and millions of flowers this year could rub a little happiness to their costumers.
The Thompsons eventually planted more than 22 acres of flowers, the seven acres of which have not even bloomed yet. More than 15 fields were planted to provide an adequate place to social distance and spread out.
More than the sunflowers, zinnias, wildflowers, and Mexican sunflowers which are known to attract butterflies are also in bloom.
The positive feedbacks from happy costumers mean the sunflowers will be a regular thing at the farm even if the pandemic is over, Thompson said.
More Sunflower Fields Around the US
If you are far from Kenosha, Wisconsin, however, there are several sunflower fields around the country that you can visit.
Better Homes and Gardens featured these sunny places to go to:
Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area in Knoxville, Tennessee
The field is usually planted with 70 acres and is an excellent place to see garden blooms. The area is however planted with sunflowers every other year.
· Coppal House Farm's Sunflower Fields in Lee, New Hampshire
The area caters to the annual sunflower festival that has attracted many tourists over the years. The farm features kid-friendly activities, and wagon rides to those with limited mobility. It requires the visitors to wear masks indoors, and a handwashing station is in place should is social distancing is not possible.
· McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Maryland
Visitors are allowed to park for free and take pictures but picking up the flowers is not permitted. This year, social distancing is required from visitors. You may check their website for more information.
· Babbette's Seeds of Hope Sunflower Maze in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Although this sunflower closed earlier this year due to coronavirus, this sunflower field was opened for viewing this August. They recommend visiting their Facebook page for further information. The proceeds of the farm are donated to hospitals and cancer research in honor of the farmer's wife, Babbette.
· Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, Connecticut
This farm made the city of Griswold the sunflower capital of Connecticut. The farm sells thousands of bouquets to visitors each year and donates 100% of the proceeds to Make a Wish Foundation in Connecticut.
· Sunflower Maze at the Inn Between Restaurant in Camillus, New York
Inn Between Restaurant is located next to 75 acres of sunflowers. The Restaurant harvests sunflowers for seeds and oil.
· Colby Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts
The sunflower fields opened in August but the farm also produces vegetables, meat, and bakery treats which ends up at Colby Farmstand. The farm requires everyone to wear a facemask should they wish to visit the store.
· Please Wash Me Car Wash in Elverson, Pennsylvania
The field is also a car wash area. There is lesser bloom this year; thus, the owner is asking the visitors to stay in their cars as possible. Face masks and social distancing is required should they chose to go out for a sunflower selfie.
· Fausett Farms Sunflowers in Dawsonville, Georgia
The farm has opened since 1858, but the sunflowers are a recent addition. Typically, the farm offers horse-back-riding, mule-drawn wagon rides, among others. The farm is expected to open this month when the sunflower is in bloom.
· Grinter Farms in Lawrence, Kansas
The 40-acre sunflower field is free of admission but asks for donations for each flower picked. The farm is planning to open later this year but is requiring everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing.
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