Why local flowers?
When you think of flowers, do you imagine pesticide-laced blooms, packed tightly in boxes and shipped thousands of miles? Unfortunately this is the way 80% of cut flowers used in the U.S. start their journey. Not very romantic.
It's time to re-establish our connection to the grower and experience flowers with scent and soul, the way nature intended. Local farming grants us access to delicate and heirloom varieties that simply don't withstand shipping while cutting out a major chunk of the waste produced from imports.
By building relationships with local growers, we encourage them to persevere in this challenging vocation and we gain more appreciation for seasonal flowers and foliage. Buy some dahlias fresh from the field and I guarantee you'll be anxiously anticipating August along with those local growers next year.
Who can shop at the market?
The market is only open to registered wholesale buyers. Visit here to purchase a buyer's pass. You will need to complete an application and provide a valid tax ID number and sales tax license. The pass fee is $50 and is good for one year from date of purchase.
Can I pre-order product?
Yes! For our first season, most sales through the market will be based on pre-orders. Once you become a registered buyer, you will receive access to the online shop where product availability is updated weekly. You can start ordering Wednesday at 1:00pm for the following week's pickup. There will also be extra bunches available to shop from the market floor. For high-demand flowers such as dahlias, we will take further advance orders by email and reserve those flowers with our growers.
How do I pick up my order?
The market is open Wednesdays from June through October, 9 am to 1 pm. We are located in the studio of Emma Lea Floral, 12330 W. 58th Ave Arvada, CO.
Please bring your own buckets for transporting your purchases and be prepared to pay for all of your items at the time of pick-up, including pre-orders. Checks or credit cards are accepted.
Do you deliver?
We do not currently have the capacity to make deliveries, but hope to offer this service as the market grows.
How do I sell my flowers at the market?
We are no longer accepting new growers for the 2019 season. Stay tuned for openings in 2020. In the meantime, keep in mind that preference is given to those with experience producing high quality flowers and foliage for professional florists and designers and those who use sustainable growing practices. We are looking for a product offering that is desirable to a buyer's pool of event florists, retail florists, interior decorators, restaurants, and hotels.
Who is organizing the Collective?
Hi! I'm Stefanie Hofmeister, the Owner and current Market Manager. While spending the past two years working on a local flower farm, I was impressed by the lengths some florists were going to procure locally grown flowers for their retail shops and event work; often traveling to multiple farms to gather the necessary product each week. I was also struck by the amount of time that was given over to administrative tasks in order to coordinate those sales.
Inspired by other regional flower markets
I decided to establish a hub for buying and selling
Colorado--grown flowers. By creating a more streamlined
process, I hope to encourage more customers to
experience the quality of these amazing flowers and
allow our farmers to continue focusing on the demands
of growing. Join me!