U-pick flower farms are becoming more common in Manitoba

Farms that allow their customers to pick their flowers right out of the ground and build a bouquet are popping up more throughout Manitoba.

Hazel Thorne, the owner of Floral Affair, is wrapping up her first year in the u-pick flower business. Her farm is located between Douglas and Shilo and she takes customers by appointment. “Just come in here, you get to pick a vase and I’ll give you some clippers, take you for a little tour of the garden, and let you know some little tricks of cutting,” says Thorne.

Thorne was inspired to start up her farm after learning about the concept from her friends. “I took greenhouse technology in college and I worked at the Peace Gardens for four years, and that just kind of started my passion of wanting to grow things and gardening,” she says. “And from there, it’s just always something I’ve kind of relied on.”

Other local business owners have seen the upside of purchasing from u-pick farms instead of wholesalers.

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