It’s been a rollercoaster start to the spring season for farmer Laura Beth Resnick.
“We were like, ‘Whew! Okay! We can keep going and keep our employees safe,’” she said.
Five acres make up Butterbee Farm: an explosion of colorful flowers within greenhouses, still allowed to operate in Maryland – for now.
“We didn't know whether we'd even be allowed to have our staff come to the farm and we weren't sure whether we'd be able to grow our crops,” Resnick said. “So, that was a pretty hard time.”
It’s a tough business to be in, with the coronavirus causing the cancellations of everything from weddings to corporate events to proms, all of which call for flowers.
“About 80 percent of the flowers that are sold in the United States come from other countries,” Resnick said. “So, we're actually doing something kind of unusual here with local flowers.”
That’s turned out to be their saving grace at the moment, because the virus interrupted the supply chain, most wholesalers that import flowers from overseas are now closed. For florists that are still open, that leaves small, local flower growers like Butterbee Farm, the only game in town.