With all the glum faces since the COVID-19 Pandemic began one farmer in Winsconsin wanted to bring a little happiness to others around him, so he found a way to do so one sunny plant at a time.
Scott Thompson, of Wisconsin, typically offers customers at his family farm an opportunity to pick their own strawberries in the summer and raspberries and pumpkins in the fall.
Thompson Strawberry Farms has made it through with the profit off these projects. But this year, when the pandemic hit, Thompson and his wife wanted to find a way to make their customers happy, while also keeping to the safety guidelines of physical distancing. Putting their heads together they cam up with the idea of planting sunflowers. “We just did it … and we just kept building,” Thompson said. “As the season went on, the pandemic never went anywhere … and we thought people might be looking for something to do.” “And what a great way to social distance and … smile, basically,” he added.
The beautiful yellow and sunny flowers tend to bring out smiles in those who see and walk among them. But to keep people distant they needed to plant quite a few, over 2 million of them, spread across 22 acres and more than 15 fields.
That means that customers can go in and pick sunflowers safely distant from anyone else. The Thompsons hope people come over looking for something to do, walk among the sunflowers, and smile. The flowers are available to pick by the dozen for $25 per car of up to 6 people all the way through this month.
There’s more that people can collect on the farm of course, Zinnias are also available to be picked as part of the deal, and additional flowers or people can be purchased for an extra charge, the site reads.
The Thompsons are also allowing photography sessions in the fields as long as the people pay for the privilege and tag the farm in their social media posts. And even better for the Thompsons is that it’s been a great success for the farm, with people traveling from near and far to get in the fields for some photos and some flowers. You can read more in your Good News Story of the Day here.
People are finding ways to keep themselves busy, but also to allow others to safely find some enjoyment in the world. With more of this kind of consideration it might just feel like normal life again. In some ways.
Story and Image from CNN.