Farmer Plants Over 2 Million Sunflowers, Invites Visitors To Take A Dozen Home

September 7, 2020

A family in Wisconsin has planted more than 22 acres of sunflowers to bring a little light to these dark times.

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Scott and Megan Thompson

Scott Thompson's family has been running the Thompson Strawberry Farm in Bristol, WI, for more than 70 years, and this is the first year that flowers are in the spotlight.

The pick-your-own farm usually consists of strawberries, rasberries, and pumpkins. This year the family said they wanted to give locals a place to go and spread a little happiness.

"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," Thompson told CNN.

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The 22 acres makes for over 2 million blooms of sunflowers.

"One of the things that's so cool about this is everyone is so happy," Thompson said.

"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 the sunflowers will now be a regular thing at the farm, even without a pandemic.

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