A fourth-generation berry farmer in Kenosha planted 2 million sunflowers so people can get “the perfect selfie.”
Scott Thompson operates the Thompson Strawberry Farm in Bristol, located several miles outside Kenosha just west of I-94 between Milwaukee and Chicago. From the road, visitors can see fields of waving yellow sunflowers and people milling through the seas of color.
Planting sunflowers was Thompson’s wife’s idea. He started by planting a small two acre field. That endeavor eventually grew this year into a massive 22 acre sunflower operation with waves of the tall green stalks rising throughout the season.
Sunflowers take about 60 days to mature, Thompson said. His first planting started Memorial Day weekend. The last planting was on July 20. Those should be blooming by the end of the month.
“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.”
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