Business is Blooming Elida-area family plants seeds for success in organic flower business FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16
Contact: Kay Studer, 419-231-6089 Susan Studer King, 740-504-6020
ELIDA, OH— It is farmers market season and area consumers will soon be able to satisfy their hunger for fresh, locally produced food from farmers markets in Lima, Ada and Bluffton, among many others. Farmers markets across the state have grown in popularity, mirroring the consumer demand for fresh, locally grown food and farm products. According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the state now has more than 1,000 farmers markets, compared with just 600 that were listed with the department in 2006. Among the colorful vendors at local farmers markets is Buckeye Blooms, founded by Kay Studer and Susan Studer King, a mother-daughter duo who sell farm-fresh, locally-produced organic flowers. Buckeye Blooms grows dozens of seasonal blooms, from dahlias to daisies to asters and zinnias on the farm where both women spent their childhood. Located southeast of Gomer, the historic 1880's farm is set back off the road down a picturesque lane shaded by towering maple trees. The farm features many mature trees, woody ornamentals, grasses and greenery. In addition, dozens of old fashioned and unusual flower varieties are used in their unique bouquets. The family converted a former milking parlor into their “shabby chic” flower shop and design studio. The shop is also used for farm flower parties and other special events. “It’s a family affair” Studer states. “There is a fair amount of manual labor involved and everyone in the family helps Photo by Jason Bowers Photography out—including our two granddaughters and our Border Collie, Daisy…although she tends to trample more flowers than she plants.” The idea of starting an organic flower business came as both women were at a transition point in their careers. With the closure of the Allen County OSU Extension office in 2009, Kay Studer faced the elimination of her Horticulture Program Assistant position and her role as the coordinator of the Master firstname.lastname@example.org
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–2— Gardener program and director of the Lima Children’s Garden. At the same time, her daughter Susan, neared the completion of 26-months of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador and would be returning to the U.S. “We kind of combined my mom’s green thumb, with my green ethic,” King stated. “I wanted to grow everything organically, and I was inspired by the local-foods movement. Plus, I was deeply troubled by the pollution and human health impacts caused by the rose industry in Ecuador. I knew we could grow flowers that were fresher, more fragrant and wouldn’t have to travel 2,000 miles to get to the table or bridal bouquet.” Buckeye Blooms offers full floral design services for weddings and special events. They also offer what they call their signature “Flower Farm Parties.” By appointment, small groups may enjoy guided tours of Buckeye Blooms gardens and flower fields, followed by a short class on the basics of flower arranging and refreshments. Participants are able to choose their own fresh-cut flowers and create unique handcrafted bouquets to take home with them. “We’re starting small,” Studer says, “but business is blooming.” ###
Buckeye Blooms specializes in fresh-cut, locally and organically grown flowers. We sell our flowers direct to individuals via farmers market...