Farmer plants millions of sunflowers to help brighten hard year

This year has been tough for a lot of people, but one farm is trying something new to make 2020 a little brighter. “Man, it’s such a depressing time, what can we do to give somebody something fun to do?” said Scott Thompson, manager of Thompson Strawberry Farm in Bristol, Wisconsin. Thompson’s answer is flowers, lots of flowers. His 22 acres of fields are now covered in more than 2 million sunflowers. “What a way to make people happy than a sea of flowers, you know you can’t come here and not smile,” Thompson said. “It’s hard to not be in a good mood when you see them so big and bright, and I love the way they follow the sun,” said Dorlise Brown, who visited the farm. Brown’s family was visiting to safely celebrate her daughter’s baptism. It’s because of the COVID-19 pandemic that Thompson didn’t just want to plant sunflowers, he wanted to go big. “Right now we’ve got 10 different fields going, with grass all around them, big lanes in between so you can really social distance,” Thompson said. Thompson staggered when flowers were planted to help make the season last even longer. “We have some more mature sunflowers here and some that haven’t even bloomed yet,” Thompson said. “Our first sunflower fields lasted about three weeks.” Thompson expects the 10 fields blooming now to last a few more weeks, and there are two more fields that haven’t started blooming. That means the season could last well into September, but the later fields will look different. “As the days get shorter, there’s not as much time for the sunflowers to get quite as tall,” Thompson said. Late fields may be shorter, Thompson said about waist high, but should still be great for pictures and lots of smiles. “It’s brightening everybody’s day, I think, and we get to take some home so we get to take a piece with us,” said Alyssa Gonzalez, who drove to the sunflower fields from Chicago. Admission to the sunflower fields is $25 per vehicle. After payment, visitors can spend as much time in the fields as they want and take a dozen flowers with them.

This year has been tough for a lot of people, but one farm is trying something new to make 2020 a little brighter.

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“Man, it’s such a depressing time, what can we do to give somebody something fun to do?” said Scott Thompson, manager of Thompson Strawberry Farm in Bristol, Wisconsin.

Thompson’s answer is flowers, lots of flowers.

His 22 acres of fields are now covered in more than 2 million sunflowers.

“What a way to make people happy than a sea of flowers, you know you can’t come here and not smile,” Thompson said.

“It’s hard to not be in a good mood when you see them so big and bright, and I love the way they follow the sun,” said Dorlise Brown, who visited the farm.

Brown’s family was visiting to safely celebrate her daughter’s baptism.

It’s because of the COVID-19 pandemic that Thompson didn’t just want to plant sunflowers, he wanted to go big.

“Right now we’ve got 10 different fields going, with grass all around them, big lanes in between so you can really social distance,” Thompson said.

Thompson staggered when flowers were planted to help make the season last even longer.

“We have some more mature sunflowers here and some that haven’t even bloomed yet,” Thompson said. “Our first sunflower fields lasted about three weeks.”

Thompson expects the 10 fields blooming now to last a few more weeks, and there are two more fields that haven’t started blooming.

That means the season could last well into September, but the later fields will look different.

“As the days get shorter, there’s not as much time for the sunflowers to get quite as tall,” Thompson said.

Late fields may be shorter, Thompson said about waist high, but should still be great for pictures and lots of smiles.

“It’s brightening everybody’s day, I think, and we get to take some home so we get to take a piece with us,” said Alyssa Gonzalez, who drove to the sunflower fields from Chicago.

Admission to the sunflower fields is $25 per vehicle.

After payment, visitors can spend as much time in the fields as they want and take a dozen flowers with them.