A Wisconsin farmer decided to plant more than 2 million sunflowers in his fields to bring happiness amid rough times this year.
Scott Thompson’s family has been farming in Kenosha County for more than 70 years. Thompson Strawberry Farms gives customers the opportunity to pick their own strawberries in the summer as well as raspberries and pumpkins in the fall.
When the coronavirus hit, Thompson and his wife wanted to do something to lift their customers spirits while adhering to social distancing rules. The farm now has more than 22 acres of flowers, seven of which haven’t even bloomed yet, which will produce nearly 2 million sunflowers.
“We just did it … and we just kept building,” Thompson told CNN. “As the season went on, the pandemic never went anywhere … and we thought people might be looking for something to do, and what a great way to social distance and … smile, basically.”
People come to picnic on the farm, wander the fields of sunflowers and other wildflowers, and can take home a dozen sunflowers. One woman even came from Chicago to see the beautiful, relaxing fields of flowers.
“We get all these comments on Facebook, or if I’m out in the field, everybody is like, ‘Thanks for doing this,’ (and) ‘This is what I needed.’ People are so happy to be out there and have a place to go,” Thompson said to CNN.
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