The short list: Quality. Freshness. A long vase life. A loud fragrance.
The bottom line: buy local and organic flowers for the same reasons you buy local and organic produce. The big cut-flower industry makes some of the same mistakes that big agriculture makes: sacrificing sustainability in favor of scale, relying too heavily on harmful chemicals, and utilizing fossil fuels to ship long distances.
Buying local means that your flowers were picked yesterday, not two weeks ago. And it means that you know your farmer, you know their land, and you support your local economy and the families keeping it going.
If you’d like to explore more thoughts and facts on the benefits of local flowers, we highly recommend this lovely essay written by Jennie Love of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, a grower we greatly admire.