Episode 635: Making space for local flowers at the conventional wholesale florist, with Andrea Grist of Florasource KC
November 8th, 2023
Today’s episode includes a short conversation with longtime Slow Flowers Society member Andrea Grist, of Florasource KC, based in Overland Park, KS, outside Kansas City. Andrea is a past guest of this podcast and I caught up with her in person when she had a long layover while flying through Seattle in August. Ostensibly, we met for lunch, but I couldn’t not bring along my video camera to record a quick conversation and updates on what she’s been doing.
Andrea discusses KC Growers Market, a new brand initiative of Florasource KC highlighting local and domestically grown cut flowers and greens. The “store within a store” concept has been long in coming and launched this past June after Florasource KC partnered with KC Flower Farmer Wholesale Market, a group of approximately 10 flower farmers in Kansas and Missouri whose goal is to get local botanicals in the hands of Kansas City area florists.
I’m excited to follow this story as it unfolds. The growers set up shop at Florasource KC on Wednesday, July 5th and continued filling the buckets and tables there each Tuesday through the end of the season in late October.
We congratulate Andrea, Florasource KC and its KC Growers Market, and all the farmers of the KC Flower Farmers Wholesale Market for making this new collaboration happen. It will be fun to see where things take everyone for 2024.
Listen to past episodes featuring Andrea Grist:
Episode 219 (November 2015): Gatherings in Bloom with Andrea K. Grist, Kansas City area floral artist
Episode 556 (May 2022): A floral conversation with Andrea K. Grist of Florasource KC and KC Bloom Hub
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News of the Week
Take advantage of Early Bird Registration, which just opened for the 2024 Slow Flowers Summit. Save $100 off your Slow Flowers Summit registration, now through December 31st.
General registration is $799 USD through December 31st ($899 beginning January 1st)
Slow Flowers Members registration is $699 USD through December 31st ($799 beginning January 1st)
Follow the link in today’s show notes or head over to SlowFlowersSummit.com to find all the details for our dates – June 23-25, 2024, the venue, beautiful Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, and read all about our speakers and program. We have eleven inspiring speakers, an extensive hands-on design immersion, and presentations on flower farming, floral design, floral entrepreneurship and sustainability. I can’t wait to see you there!
And speaking of our floral community traveling to Banff, we have a special Slow Flowers Member Meet-Up for November, happening this Friday on November 10th at 9 am Pacific/Noon Eastern. We’re hosting two Slow Flowers Summit speakers who will share lots of details about what to expect when you’re making travel plans to Alberta. Join me in conversation with Becky Feasby of Prairie Girl Flowers and native plant nursery owner Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed, both based in Calgary. We’ll go over the highlights of their work and what they’ll be presenting at the Slow Flowers Summit. Bring all your questions!
Thank you to our Sponsors
This show is brought to you by Slowflowers.com, the free, online directory to more than 750 florists, shops, and studios who design with local, seasonal and sustainable flowers and to the farms that grow those blooms. It’s the conscious choice for buying and sending flowers.
Thank you to our lead sponsor, Farmgirl Flowers. Farmgirl Flowers delivers iconic burlap-wrapped bouquets and lush, abundant arrangements to customers across the U.S., supporting U.S. flower farms by purchasing more than $10 million dollars of U.S.-grown fresh and seasonal flowers and foliage annually. Discover more at farmgirlflowers.com.
Thank you to Longfield Gardens, which provides home gardeners with high quality flower bulbs and perennials. Their online store offers plants for every region and every season, from tulips and daffodils to dahlias, caladiums and amaryllis. Check out the full catalog at Longfield Gardens at longfield-gardens.com.
Thank you to Rooted Farmers. Rooted Farmers works exclusively with local growers to put the highest-quality specialty cut flowers in floral customers’ hands. When you partner with Rooted Farmers, you are investing in your community, and you can expect a commitment to excellence in return. Learn more at RootedFarmers.com.
Thank you to Johnny’s Selected Seeds, an employee-owned company that provides our industry the best flower, herb and vegetable seeds — supplied to farms large and small and even backyard cutting gardens like mine. Find the full catalog of flower seeds and bulbs at johnnyseeds.com.
I love all this floral goodness and I am so happy you joined me today! The Slow Flowers Podcast is a member-supported endeavor, downloaded more than one million times by listeners like you. Thank you for listening, commenting and sharing – it means so much. As our movement gains more supporters and more passionate participants who believe in the importance of our domestic cut flower industry, the momentum is contagious. I know you feel it, too. If you’re new to our weekly Show and our long-running Podcast, check out all of our resources at SlowFlowersSociety.com
I’m Debra Prinzing, host and producer of the Slow Flowers Show & Podcast. The Slow Flowers Podcast is engineered and edited by Andrew Brenlan. The content and opinions expressed here are either mine alone or those of my guests alone, independent of any podcast sponsor or other person, company or organization. Next week, you’re invited to join me in putting more Slow Flowers on the table, one stem, one vase at a time. Thanks so much for joining us today and I’ll see you next week!
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