Floral Footprints: Petals @ the Market

We are learning that flying fresh flowers all around the globe isn’t good for our planet (or frequently our workers) and even flowers grown in hothouses can have a huge carbon footprint. Local flowers that are part of our landscape are a lovely way to brighten your table top sustainably.

When we visited the farmer’s market in Orleans last month, we stopped by Petals @ the Market. Owner Stephanie Todd told us about her idea to make the most of her summer break as a teacher to sell flowers from her garden. She creates colorful and delicate arrangements with a little inspiration from Pinterest. She reuses old Ball canning jars that she gives a very shabby-chic lick of paint and a bow of twine to keep her flowers hydrated. You can bring your jars back to her when you’re ready for more! Ms. Todd grows all the blooms at her home and taught herself the art of arranging them. Each bouquet is unique and there are a variety of sizes from which to choose. The entire shop of flowers is a reflection that caring for our environment and communities can have beautiful results.

Check out Petals @ the Market on Summer Saturdays at the Orleans Farmers Market or contact them at petalsatmarket @


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