Why Buy Flowers from Local Growers?

People have always picked flowers for décor, cultural and spiritual practices. But, the modern flower industry’s emphasis on high-volume, low-cost production has reduced this tradition to a commodity resulting in flowers grown, transported, sold, and used with little regard for their environmental and social cost.

Today, about 80-percent of cut flowers sold in the U.S. are imported. It takes a tremendous amount of energy and artificial tinkering to get them to the cooler of your grocer or florist.

First, they are often treated with hazardous chemicals–some of which have been restricted or banned in the U.S. and Europe because of their harm to the environment and farm workers.

Once they’re harvested, the flowers are shipped (often without water) by plane and stored in energy-guzzling refrigerated warehouses, before being trucked to distribution locations, a process that can take weeks from field-to-vase.

This is not sustainable or responsible, when there are so many local farms growing beautiful flowers right here in our own backyard!

Three Reasons Why Buying Local Flowers is Better

Better Environmental Footprint

If you live in Lancaster, flowers we grow at Down The Road travel about 35 miles to your home. If you live in parts of Perry County, your flowers may only travel a few miles. As a result, our flowers have a much smaller environmental footprint!

Fresher Means Longer-Lived

“Grown not flown” local flowers like ours are harvested fresh at their peek, usually within 48 hours of you receiving them, and rarely leave water post-harvest. You’ll be surprised by the longer vase life you experience!

Safer for You & Better for the Land

We are committed to nurturing our land and our local community. We practice responsible land stewardship including soil-building practices which promote soil organic matter and prevent erosion. We focus on integrated pest management to utilize beneficial insects and support pollinator health, and don’t use any hazardous synthetic chemical herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or fertilizers. And, we use ground cover to decrease weed pressure rather than herbicides or mechanical cultivation, which can damage soil structure and health. Our flowers are safe for your family and the environment!

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Lauren Ketcham, owner of Down the Road Farm in New Lexington, Ohio, holding a colorful spray of Ranunculus flowers

By Lauren Ketcham

Lauren Ketcham has been growing specialty cut flowers at Down the Road Farm in New Lexington since 2013. You can find her and her sustainably grown flowers each week at the Lancaster Farmers Market. Visit Down The Road Farm to shop for 2024 Flower Bouquet Subscriptions or to learn more about having local flowers at your wedding or special event.