(Remember the Amish are not fond of cameras.)
My flower auction is run by a group of Amish men, and some "English" people as well. Starting in April, they bring in baskets and flats of flowers to sell, around harvest time they bring in fresh fruits and vegetables, and in the fall, fresh Christmas trees, and pine garland. The quality on these flowers is 100% better than you would get at the stores mentioned above. Going to a flower auction you have to know what flowers you want and how much you want to spend. They might have geraniums for sale for $.25, but you may have to buy 45 of them which adds up in the long run. They sell some things in small quantities, so if you are only looking for a few things, they can accommodate you that way as well.
The Amish women do an incredible job of designing their flower baskets. As I said earlier, as plain as they are, the color selection they have in their baskets is just beautiful! Sometimes you will get a pair of Amish shoes, with flowers in them, or a beautiful crock that has been planted nicely.
- Make sure you know HOW MANY and HOW MUCH. How many flowers are in the lot, and how much per pot/flat/basket/quart they are going for. Example: Lot 305, 11 hanging baskets. (You are buying all 11 baskets.) Say the price is $5. So for all 11 baskets you paid a total of $55. Did you get that? Don't worry, it took me a while to figure it out too.
- If you aren't good at math like me, bring a calculator. That way you can do the quick math. Also, bring a pen and tablet so you can keep track of what you bought.
Have you been to an Amish flower auction? Did you score any good deals? Please leave me a comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!