Vermont has a rich history in farming and many people are still trying to keep that alive, including one couple who specialize in not your average Made in Vermont crop.
"We've always liked to do things in a big way," said Gail Africa, who along with her husband, George, run a Marshfield flower farm.
"Although you don't see cows or sheep, what you see is two people that have similar problems to a dairy farm. We have to contend with weather, bugs competition -- with rising prices," George Africa said.
They've been in the flower business for close to 30 years. And a survey of their property reveals a landscape in bloom for as far as the eye can see.
"We've always had an interest in perennials since we were kids. We especially love day lilies, hostas--pretty much any flowers going," Gail said.
"We can ensure it's easy to grow and it's hearty in Vermont. It will be there next spring and summer for you," George said.
One variety they're known for is day lilies -- they sell over 500 different varieties. "What's special is it sells. Thats what's special to me. They're very easy to grow," George said.
No need to walk through the fields if you don't want to. A buffet of lilies greets visitors as you arrive. "Each day the blossoms are picked so the customers can compare the different blooms," Gail said.
And although some don't consider it a Vermont product, these farmers do. "I personally do because I got my whole life, my whole interest, my whole happiness into what we grow and sell," George said.
No matter the weeds of the business, these two think its worth it. "When people leave your business and they say thank you and we'll see you next year, you know you're doing things right," George said.
The Vermont Flower Farm hopes to also sell cut flowers starting next year.
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