Years from now, many of us will recall what we were doing during the pandemic of 2020. Scott Thompson knows he will because he spent the spring planting more than 2 million sunflower seeds on his Kenosha County, Wisc. farm.
The fourth-generation berry farmer told Patch that he hopes visitors come to “enjoy what reality used to be like instead of what it is now.”
Thompson’s sunflowers are visible from I-94 between Milwaukee and Chicago, and for $25 people can walk through the farm and take home s dozen of the bright yellow flowers.
More than a few have already taken Thompson up on the offer.
“We’ve heard a lot from people in the cities who came out here,” he said. “A lot of people are saying, ‘We just needed to get out of the city and come out to a place where I could take my mask off for a couple of hours.'”
Thompson started planting the sunflowers on Memorial Day weekend, Patch reports, urged on by his wife, who came up with the idea. He started with 2 acres, which then grew to 22 as it became clear how beautiful the bursts of yellow and green are in large numbers.
“We planted one short ones. A lot of people plant tall ones, but they’re not really good for pictures,” Thompson said. “One of the best things about sunflowers is it makes for pretty awesome pictures. We grew shorter ones for the perfect selfie so you can get that sea of yellow behind you.”
Since word got out that Thompson’s berry farm had turned yellow, visitors have been stopping by in droves, though it was not an overnight success.
“At first, we could sit in our front yard and ask Siri where the nearest sunflower field was, and it would send you to a spot 40 miles away,” he said.
Social media helped take care of the marketing once sunflower selfies became the hottest thing in eastern Wisconsin. Visitors to the sunflower farm have posted their pictures on nearly every social media channel available, and Thompson has been fielding calls from prominent news outlets around the world.
If you are looking for an opportunity to get lost in some beautiful countryside before summer’s out, Thompson’s sunflower farm has it, and sunflowers short enough that you won’t lose sight of your car.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.