A Day in the Life of a Flower Farmer Going to Market
This past Friday we documented our day preparing, working, cleaning and delivering our farm fresh flowers at the Market at the Parkway in Richland, WA. It is lots of work, but we absolutely love seeing all of our lovely weekly customers each Friday!
The preparation begins the day before, Thursday. The flowers are cut and prepped and stored in our cooler. We wake at 5am and start loading the trucks with supplies, flowers and wedding flowers ready to be picked up at market. The goal is to arrive by 7am, however it always seems to be 7:30 when we roll in!
We get our flowers all displayed, tables set with water, clippers, rubber bands, any pre-made bouquets set out etc. Sometimes we have a bit of time to go visit all of our vendor friends such as our next door neighbor, TSP Bakery, which is usually our breakfast! There is delicious homemade root beer/floats/ice cream bars across from us and Phil and Sally’s baked goods, they travel all the way from Milton Freewater. There are so many more great vendors, too many to mention them all! We are so lucky to be a part of The Market at the Parkway.
Checkout the photos below for a sneak peak at what our day looks like!
Above are our fresh cut flowers relaxing in the cooler and ready to be packed up and made into lovely bouquets!
Flowers are all unpacked and waiting for a place to be displayed.
Flowers are all set up and ready to go!
This is my quick breakfast break, enjoying a delicious Oatmeal Raisin cookie from TSP Bakeshop!
While I was feeding my face, Mom was hard at work!
A shot of a beautiful bouquet made specially for one of our favorite regular customers, Lynn!
When super sweet girls stop by, we just have to give them a flower or two!
This is a peak of what our booth may look like a few hours into market.
Our work table gets a bit messy
A peak at a few of our friends around us!
Rene and Paula, the sweetest couple and have some great produce from the Yakima Valley.
And our friend at TSP Bakeshop, they also have a store front in West Richland by the Yoke’s.
After we clean up at market, we make a few weekly deliveries to local salons!