Looking over the five-acre field at Ager Lane Flower Farm in Big Bras d’Or, it’s hard to believe anyone’s picked a single sunflower as there are many thousands still bursting with their sunshine-yellow blooms.
But 9,000 were harvested by happy U-pickers over barely a week’s time. They paid $1 per flower, providing the burgeoning flower farm and event space owners Percy and Clary Ager $9,000 towards their dream.
Not bad for $600 worth of birdseed containing sunflower seeds they planted in June without any notion the field would bloom in anywhere near so spectacular a fashion. Nor when they decided to do the U-pick did they think people would flock to it from all over Cape Breton and beyond — 800, in fact.
“But honestly, the thing that was the most special was people coming and saying, ‘Thank you so much for doing this. This was such a great thing to do.’ Like, almost everyone thanked us for putting it on,’” Percy said
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