When I was a 3rd grade teacher, every year I assigned a writing exercise to my students inspired by a piece of children’s literature we read titled, The Most Beautiful Place in the World, by Ann Cameron. My students practiced descriptive writing by sharing places that were so special to them.
The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market has become my most beautiful place. It is located in the industrial neighborhood of Georgetown, where stunning old brick warehouses and factories have been repurposed into breweries, studios, and businesses.
This wholesale flower market is owned and operated by Washington State organic Flower Farmers. The product is exceptional, and so are the farmers. They are dedicated to sustainable practices that are beneficial to the flowers and foliage they provide us and the land they farm on. They are also just lovely people- knowledgeable, kind, and passionate. One recent morning I asked Diane Szukovathy of Jello Mold Farms what time her day had started. She replied, “Well, the alarm went off at 1:45.” And there she was, with a smile on her face, making it a point to touch base with all of the designers in the market that morning, and pulling orders for the multiple weddings happening that weekend. These farmers have truly built a sense of community, a community I feel privileged to be a part of.
Similar to the slow food movement, there is a slow flower movement happening in America- local and seasonal product, sustainable practices. The 50 Mile Bouquet, by Debra Prinzing is a inspiring little book introducing some of the farmers and florists behind this movement.