MONTVILLE, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher is urging residents to support local businesses for Mother’s Day by purchasing flowers for their favorite mom.

“This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Like many holidays, Mother’s Day has an iconic gift – flowers,” Fisher wrote in a letter to residents. “What better way to pay homage and express your appreciation to someone in your life who is a mother – either your own mom, the mother of your children, or just any mother who means a lot to you – than to send her flowers or a plant?

“Flowers have the instant ability to lift one’s spirits, to bring color into darkness, and joy to the recipient. In these times of edgy uncertainty, the timeless gesture of delivering a collage of color to someone is so warm and personal.

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“This year, Coronavirus brought new realities to the nursery and flower industry. The world of floriculture normally anticipates Easter as a time when a sizeable chunk of their annual revenue can be made. This year, that did not happen because of the inability to shift logistics in a rapidly changing environment where every day brought new challenges. Flowers were waiting at the door to be shipped, with the goal of spreading beauty, gracing church altars, beautifying homes and businesses. Many growers gave away their nurtured products, delivering them to nursing homes or hospitals for nothing, knowing the power of nature’s palette. It was truly an inspirational act by the growers.

“We urge you to visit your local garden center, supermarket, or farm stand to buy your flowers, secure in the knowledge that you are helping your neighbor farmers stay in business. Just as fervently, we are asking the essential businesses that remain open to stock up on these items grown in our Garden State. By doing so, you’ll be offering the opportunity for your customers to make Mother’s Day special for their loved ones and you’ll be helping the members of a valuable sector of our agricultural economy.”

–Douglas H. Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture

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