One Wisconsin man has been very busy during the pandemic: He’s planted two million sunflowers to give joy to others.
Guests at Thompson Strawberry Farm pay $25 per car group, and are invited to cut and take a dozen of the bright flowers home once they’re done wandering through the fields, taking pictures, and having a good time in the late summer sun.
Scott Thompson is a fourth-generation berry farmer based in Bristol, Kenosha County. Speaking with Patch, he said this year people have been coming from Milwaukee, from Chicago, and everywhere in-between.
“A lot of people are saying, ‘We just needed to get out of the city and come out to a place where I could take my mask off for a couple of hours.’”
Thompson and his family are welcoming of everyone, including budding Instagrammers and professional photographers.
In fact, they’ve planted fields of short sunflowers precisely because “it makes for pretty awesome pictures. We grew shorter ones for the perfect selfie so you can get that sea of yellow behind you.”
For Thompson, the goal is simply for people to enjoy a nice day in the country and bring home something beautiful.
Wisconsin seems especially enamored with the power of sunflowers. In 2015, a man planted a four-mile stretch of sunflowers to honor his late wife. Then he began selling their seeds to raise money for cancer with his Seeds of Hope.
Sunflower season should last till the end of September, meaning it’s probably time to scoot on over to Thompson Strawberry Farm and get some blooms for yourself.
Don’t forget the scissors so you can make your own bouquet.