About MFB – The Short & Sweet Version
Michigan Flower Barn was created by the owners of Brown Family Farmstead – a first generation flower farm in Owosso, Michigan. The Michigan Flower Barn concept is based on the replicable flower co-op structure and other local wholesale models across the US. After realizing the undeniable need to supply flower farmers across Mid-Michigan with a central hub to distribute their blooms, our wholesale flower market was created. Our goal is to encourage a strong local flower economy in Mid-Michigan and beyond, making locally-grown florals easily accessible to designers and florists.
The Much Longer Version
Josephine Brown is co-owner of Brown Farmstead & the founder of their flower truck. The flower truck launched in 2020 with a goal to sell specialty designed bouquets at markets and events – created with 100% of blooms grown from her farm and other local flower farms. Josephine would travel to farms in her area and to the Co-Op in Ypsilanti for extra flowers each week. The flower truck had a very exciting and successful season at the Farmers Market. The community was more than happy & eager to seek out locally-grown bouquets! The only downfall was having to commute across the state every week, between working with farmers in her area and traveling to Southern-Michigan, to produce enough bouquets for the flower truck all season long.
While attending monthly gatherings with other flower farmers in her area, she was able to make more connections and discovered there was an abundant amount of farmers looking for the same thing: a local and consistent sales outlet for their flowers. From there it just made sense to create a central hub for all of the farmers in Mid-Michigan to connect and sell their products in one place!
We are conveniently located 30 minutes from Lansing & Flint, and just an hour from Grand Rapids & Saginaw! MFB takes place on our little flower farm that we’ve been expanding for the past 3 years. Our farm features a cathedral barn that was built in 1913 and has been kept in operating condition ever since. We are passionate about spreading knowledge on the benefits of purchasing slow grown flowers, while bringing our community of farmers together