According to the Co-op, growers struggle to break into the wholesale market because buyers can easily order flowers online from anywhere in the world.
"We are so excited to offer a one-stop shop for wholesale buyers who want beautiful, freshly cut flowers and foliage from local growers but have struggled to find them," said Amanda Maurmann, market manager and co-founder of the Co-op, herself a grower and floral designer.
The Co-op hopes they can change the local growing economy in southeast Michigan
The market currently has 11 member growers and over 20 buyers with more turning up each week. Individuals can purchase a day-pass to shop at the market for single events (they say do-it-yourself brides are common clients).
“I am always hunting for unusual blooms and foliage to add texture and surprise to my arrangements. I love working with local growers and discovering new varieties from them,” said Susan McLeary, award-winning floral designer and owner of Passionflower, which hosts the market in her newly expanded design space.
“Before the market opened, I spent more time in my car delivering flowers than I did growing them,” said member Trilby Becker. “The market takes a 30 percent commission for its services, but I come out ahead because of the time I save on marketing and delivery.”
The Michigan Flower Growers’ Cooperative wholesale market is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. through October and will reopen in April.
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