Monday, September 16, 2013

Cash Mob CT at Sunflower Farm in Orange CT

On Saturday, 9-21-13, you can support a local Connecticut business, and get some great deals! 


By participating in September's Cash Mob CT at Sunflower Farm in Orange CT

from 11:00am to 1:00pm

If you haven't participated in one of the local Cash Mob's here in Connecticut, you should! It's a great way to support some local businesses. All you need is  $20.00 and a yearning to shop (yup - that I've got!) and it's a great way to inject some of that economic stimulus into a locally owned business.  Because that's where it will make a REAL difference!

Each month the folks at REX Development, work with Cash Mob CT,  to select a town or city that is part of the 15 municipalities that make up the South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) to descend on to be "Cash-Mobbed".  Then, we voters do the rest! Local businesses are nominated - and a final vote is held where the Mob-Winner is selected and announced. 

Past winners have been RJ Julia Booksellers in MadisonFlutterby in Guilford, the Bethany Farm Market in BethanySweet Cioccolata in Wallingfordthe Sweet Shoppe in East HavenSomething of Bev's in MilfordBooks and Company in HamdenTotally Awesome Goods in BranfordMetamorphosis in West HavenCT, and Country Paint and Hardware in North Branford, CT.

Just like you, I have to watch my pennies, but I can spend $20.00!

We can ALL do our part to help the local economy - one dollar at a time!

I have to be honest though. I have a wedding to attend on Saturday, but that didn't make a difference! I decided to visit Sunflower Farm a week early to get some pictures and scout some of the bargains that will be available for YOU on September 21st. And, of course, I got to do my own little "mini-mob"!

I got to meet and chat with the wonderful owners, Sabrina and Ernie who will be celebrating the farm market's 30th anniversary next year! What started as a small flower garden, selling cut flowers and Ernie's favorite sunflowers, has since blossomed (couldn't help myself) into a nationally known flower and garden market. I've heard about their famous air-brushed pumpkins and will need to return in October to purchase one.

Meet Ernie and Sabrina, owners of Sunflower Farm
Sabrina is a dynamo! As soon as I introduced myself and explained that I attend many local events, she told me all about the Milford Downtown Farmers' Market and their upcoming First Annual Apple Pie Contest on October 5th. She almost had me convinced that even I could bake a pie for it...but you and I know better than that! You can learn more about the Milford Downtown Farmers Market HERE and some info on the Apple Pie contest HERE.

Ernie told me that his main function at Sunflower Farm was to help people carry their items to their cars, but I later learned he's the one with the marvelous green thumb... responsible for the perennials, dwarf sunflowers, giant sunflowers, annuals, and the most gorgeous mums!

First and foremost...THE MUMS...beautiful, perfect fall mums are available for only $10.00! HUGE ONES! This has to be the best price for this size and quality, anywhere in CT, hands down! 

But they're more than just a purveyors of flowers. They also carry a small variety of seasonal fruits and produce, baked goods, and  unscented and natural soap, essential oil soap, and other natural products, most made the old-fashioned way, with no GMOs. 

Here's some candid pics of what can be found at the Sunflower Farm!

Pickles, Relishes, Salsas, and More!

Natural soaps and lotions
Sea Salts & Natural and Soy Candles
Locally grown fruits - peaches, apples, and nectarines
 Fresh baked goods and organic honey
Sabrina and Ernie
I was able to purchase some of the cowboy's favorite relish, a cabbage relish called Chow-Chow, some nectarines, and, OF COURSE, a beautiful golden-yellow mum! Sabrina rang me up - and Ernie carted my purchases to the car. My pre-mini-cash-mob was complete!

Please don't miss this wonderful Cash Mob event and visit Sabrina and Ernie at Sunflower Farm! You won't be disappointed!

767 Derby Milford Road, 
Orange, CT, 06477


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Open 7 days a week - til Christmas
(Then, 4 days a week Winter-Spring)


Have you participated in a Cash Mob?

What are your favorite places to shop local?

I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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  1. The natural products look great. My skin is so sensitive lately. I'll have to stop by and see what they have. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I've noticed that I'm having dry skin from some of the harsher products too. Sunflower Farm has loads of great all-natural products.

  2. It doesn't look like it would be too hard to spend $20 there. Most of the baking I do now is with local honey and maple syrup. Not cheap but worth every penny.

    1. There were mums as far as the eye could see Sue! You would have loved talking "gardening" with Ernie!

  3. wow!!!! those mums are gorgeous!!! I love this concept, and while I can't make it on saturday, i am definitely heading there this week!!!!

    1. Dana, they had them in all stages of bloom, too, which I love! Sometimes I want that immediate pop of color, and other times I want the flowering to last, so I go with one that has all small buds. This will be my "go to" place from now on - the price was incredible!

  4. I haven't heard of this place - it looks lovely! I need to go get some of those mums. They're much nicer then the ones I have.

    1. Jess, I was so happy with the quality! It's a great place!

  5. Great post and blog - and I love fall activities - thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos and information, Cathy Testa

    1. Cathy, I've put the mum in my container that I purchased at the beginning of the summer - and never filled! You'd be proud!

  6. Ooo I have been wanting some nice mums! Thanks for the heads up Bonnie! I know where I am going saturday! :)

    1. It's a great place Jenny, wish I could "cash-mob" them with you! Have fun!

  7. I love reading about your cash mobs, Bonnie! Your group does wonderful work and it looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Thanks Joe! I've been a fan of the organization since I first read about it in the NH Register. I thought "what a great idea to inject some much needed dollars into a locally owned business"

      Some have been VERY well attended and supported by their communities, and others, well, not so much. I wasn't able to attend this one, but I hope they had a great turnout!


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