US (MT): Floriculture industry blooming with 50 farms on the map

At the base of the Bull Mountains near Roundup is a cut flower farm and a woman whose mission is to connect Montana flower growers to consumers. You can visit Rimrock Flower Company for a farm tour and leave with a fresh bouquet.

"We really pride ourselves on growing really interesting things people have never seen before. It's items that don't ship well, so you're only ever going to find them from a local grower," said Andi Thatcher, owner of Rimrock Flower Farm.

It's no secret agriculture is a driving force of Montana's economy, but while most people envision crops and cattle, Thatcher sees flowers.

"We have the earliest booming ones over here, and as it goes closer to the hillside where we lose sunlight, those will be our late-season ones," says Thatcher. "We grow everything people know about snapdragons, sunflowers, stock, veronica, peonies."


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