1. They're farm fresh. They have just been picked, conditioned and delivered to you within record time. This means they will last longer than the imported bunch at the store which most likely has traveled thousands of miles, out of water, to reach you.
2. They're sustainably grown. This means that what is taken from the earth is given back, usually in spades--because nothing grows without cultivation. Waste is composted, and recycling is key.
3. They support small businesses, the US economy and your local county, instead of a foreign country. Give back to your local community through your purchases, and support local agriculture and small farms by purchasing near you.
4. They are typically responsibly grown. Local farmers often use natural methods to control pests, prevent soil erosion and minimize water waste...this means less pesticides and toxins in use AND on your flowers.
5. They often smell better! Most imported flowers have had scent bred out of them in search of long stems and perfect form. Many of our flowers are scented just as the blooms in your garden are--it's nature.
6. Local flowers have a tiny footprint. No giant cardboard boxes, plastic tubs, or planes are needed for you to enjoy local flowers. Chances are there is a local grower near you and you may not even know it. FieldToVase.Com is a website that has a list of local growers, check to see if there is a grower near you!
The bottom line: Origin matters. Support your small farms by buying local. Speak up and tell your local shops that you want your flowers to be local too.