At Green Light Farm we grow fresh cut flowers, culinary herbs, and garden vegetables for local co-ops, florists, farmers markets and weddings. From our homestead in Prairie Farm, WI we deliver our bountiful produce and flowers to St. Croix Falls, Stillwater, Rice Lake, Menominie, Eau Claire, and everywhere in between.
Our mission is to nourish our soil, and the delicate systems that dance in and above it, so that our land can be productive for centuries to come, to nourish the bodies and souls of our community. To us this is common sense, and it is why we use organic production methods.
We have never and will never use harmful or non-organically-approved pesticides or herbicides.
Our homestead is nestled in the hills between Prairie Farm and Almena, with Turtle and Silver creeks running through. It is a beautiful mix of forest, pasture, and cropland, and we share it with a great many plants and animals, the vast majority of which run wild.
We grow over 40 varieties of cut flowers and take great care and pride in the quality of our blooms. Currently we offer primarily annuals, but we are working on establishing perennial beds as well. We sell flowers in bouquets and by the stem at farmers markets, to grocery co-ops, and florists.
For a full list of flower varieties that we grow and approximate time of availability through the season, click here.
From June through September, we offer flowers by the bucket for "Do It Yourself" (DIY) weddings and other special events. We provide a mix of focal and filler flowers, the types of flowers varying throughout the growing season.
For a "farmer's choice" bucket- meaning we choose the flowers and colors based on what is fresh in the field that week- the cost is $60 for a 5 gallon bucket. If you wish to choose specific colors or flowers, the cost is $75/bucket. The exact number of stems per bucket will vary depending on varieties, but expect approximately 60-70 stems/bucket. If you want large quantities of the bigger focal flowers, such as sunflowers and dahlias, there will be an increase in price. We ask for a 20% down payment at the time of ordering, with the remainder due at pickup.
We recommend picking up flowers 1-2 days before the event. For delivery, we charge $0.50/mile. There is a 3 bucket minimum order if you are choosing to have the flowers delivered. We provide the buckets, which you are free to keep (although if you wish to return them, we will happily wash and reuse them).
Currently, the United States imports over 80% of its cut flowers from Central and South America, Africa, the Netherlands and other regions/countries. About 3/4 of flowers grown in the United States are grown in California. That means most of the flowers we buy here in the Upper Midwest are sent across large land masses and, sometimes, oceans. In order to grow and maintain the quality of these flowers which are grown to be shipped such distances, there is heavy usage of pesticides, herbicdes, and other chemical preservatives in the cut flower industry. Many flower varieties are not suited for this kind of production and are not grown on this scale at all.
By buying local, sustainably grown flowers, you are making a decision with many impacts. Of course, there is a economic impact of supporting a small, local business and keeping dollars in your own community. Local flowers have a lot less miles on their tires, lowering the environmental impact.
In addition, the flowers grown at Green Light Farm are always harvested a maximum of a couple days (sometimes only a couple of hours) before being sold, meaning we are able to harvest at the ideal time for each flower. We are able to grow certain flower varieties that do not ship well, and no flower smells as lovely as a fresh grown one. When prioritizing what to buy organic, flowers might not be the first on the list, but buying local flowers benefits the health of humans, the land we live on, and the bees and other pollinators that feed off of the flowers and in turn help feed us.
Maggie grew up in Ohio. She studied anthropology at the University of Akron. During her studies, she became interested in food production and accesibility while researching food insecurity at an urban elementary school. Following graduation, she began working on farms, first as a volunteer through WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) in Colorado and Arizona. She then began working as a paid crewmember on vegetable and flower farms, first in Masachusetts, then in Wisconsin, where she met Ben and put down roots. Maggie is particularly passionate about working with flowers.
Ben grew up in south-central Wisconsin. Starting in 2008, he became in increasingly interested in farming, and worked full seasons on farms in Ecuador, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Ben relishes the open-ended possibilities of farming; every day is different, and there are always new skills to practice and concepts to absorb. He especially likes killing weeds and keeping bees. When he is not farming, he works on web development for online learning.
Saber and Dobby work tirelessly digging holes, finding the best sticks and bones in the neighborhood, and chasing anything that moves. In her spare time Saber enjoys stealing gloves and sleeping by the fire. Dobby always finds time to gnaw on bones and on Saber's leg.
Mali watches us work from the windowsill.
You can find us at the St. Croix Falls Falls Farmers Market on Saturdays, May through October, from 10AM-1PM
We'll be delivering flower bouquets and produce to the Menominie Co-op throughout the season.
We provide seasonal blooms for weddings and special events. For more info, click here.
We deliver to florists in Western Wisconsin. For a full list of varieties that we grow and approximate dates of availability, click here..