Hello, my friends! This week, M. Cheesemonger and I went somewhere not-cheese related, but still really cool. Actually, it’s a bit of a prelude to a series of blog posts coming your way in July!
So where were we? The historic San Francisco Flower Mart in the SOMA neighborhood with florist Annette of Petals of Love. We had to wake up around 5am to be there for 6am– LATE for the folks in the floral business. Annette told me that many retailers and florists get there at 3 or 4am. It’s much like being a baker, isn’t it? I’m kind of glad I’m neither, although I LOVED being surrounded by beautiful blooms!
Anyway, M. Cheesemonger and I parked by the Pinterest office building, and crossed the street to the flower mart. First pro tip: There’s a nice little café in the complex where you can perk yourself up with some pastries and a hot drink. Second pro tip: only wholesalers can park in the lot.
Annette was there to shop for a bridal show she was attending over the weekend, and all I could do was gawk. I thought I’d be able to find ideas for our July blog posts, but no. This is absolutely the worst place to try and clarify ideas—there are SO many gorgeous plants, greens, flowers, and more flowers! It turns into idea overload once you walk in the door. Just take a look for yourself!
As many of you know, the face of San Francisco has changed quite a lot in the past few years. The Flower Mart is no stranger to the powerful forces developing the city. You can read about it here, along with more recent developments. I don’t know what the Flower Mart will be like in a few years, so I’m glad I got to see it now.
I definitely encourage you to visit the SF Flower Mart. The storefronts along the inside of the complex are usually open to the public. If you are in need of blooms go check it out! Actually, that’s what my parents’ family did when they married in the early eighties. My mom still remembers going to the flower mart the day before her wedding to purchase the flowers used to decorate the house.
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