Scott Thompson and family planted over 2 million sunflowers on their strawberry field so that people could have a nice picnic amid the pandemic.
The year 2020 is one everybody would love to forget, simply because it has turned into an extended true-horror dystopian movie of sorts. Pandemic, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, you name it... the world has seen it all this year. So, it's of little surprise that people want a relaxing getaway where they are not reminded of this grim reality for one fleeting moment. This Wisconsin farmer has come up with a breath-taking solution and that's just what the doctor ordered for the current situation—he planted more than 2 million sunflowers in his fields. According to CNN, Scott Thompson and his family are the kind souls behind this unique getaway that is brightening the days of visitors from all over the country.
Kenosha County may be the latest site of unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, but the Wisconsin community is also home to a beautiful farm, where visitors can escape the chaos of 2020. https://t.co/f9JnfPERgB— TMJ4 News (@tmj4) September 7, 2020
The Thompson family has been farming in Kenosha County for over 70 years and the pick-your-own farms were always garnished with strawberries in the summer and raspberries and pumpkin in the fall, except this year. Located in Bristol, just 10 miles away from Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Thompson Strawberry Farm has been a hub for family outings with people coming in for picnics, where they can wander the acreage of floral fields, and even take home a dozen sunflowers. Thompson and his wife, who realized what was happening this year, decided they needed to plant some happiness instead of fruits that they were normally used to. "We just did it ... and we just kept building," Thompson said, speaking to 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."
Kenosha County may be the latest site of unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, but the Wisconsin community is also home to a beautiful farm, where visitors can escape the chaos of 2020. https://t.co/XwKY8KdUPU— KZTV Action 10 News (@Action10News) September 8, 2020
The farmer has now planted over 22 acres of flowers of which seven of them are yet to bloom, and the whole plantation makes for over 2 million blooms. What even interesting is that Thompson has taken into consideration the social distancing factor and has planted the flowers in over 15 fields to provide enough room for people to spread out. "One of the things that's so cool about this is everyone is so happy," he says."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."
Sunflowers and schoolkids at the Jim Thompson Farm. pic.twitter.com/27PQC2uY3r— Simon Grigg (@Opdiner) December 21, 2018
Although the farm didn't get enough visitors at first, things have changed rapidly owing to the positive word of mouth and now people get to visit the farm to take a little break from the harsh realities of the world. The farmer even recalls that a visitor came in from Chicago just so that she could take her mind off the protests and the gloom in her city. Apart from sunflowers, the family has also planted a variety of other flora including, a field of wildflowers, a field of zinnias, and Mexican sunflowers, which are attracting some unique visitors -- butterflies. Seeing the overwhelming response his flower farm venture has received, Thompson says he wants to make the sunflower fields a regular thing at the farm, with or without the pandemic. "I'm just glad we get to have a business people are happy to come to ... and get away from the city," Thompson opined.
Adventures to sunflower fields🌻— Sojourner White, MSW 🌍 (@sojournies) August 30, 2020
📍Thompson Strawberry Farm in Bristol, Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/6wn55ThHs8
People online showered praise on the farmer's initiative for making their day. Commenting on Facebook, Kim Philips wrote: "From Phoenix, AZ Thank you for brightening up our lives with the beautiful sunshine of sunflowers." Sally Kathleen Schumann wrote: "What a smart, creative, delightful, spirit-lifting thing to do! An added bonus is that sunflowers are very good for the soil. Thank you." Linda Wall wrote: "I've always dreamed of running through fields of flowers!! Guess I'll keep on dreamin'!"