Linda Cleland at the Greenhouse at Windy Hill spends her days caring for her plants, which she sells at the Columbus Summer Farmers Market. Cleland brings her rustic, shabby chic signs to the market for sale along with her plants, which are potted in containers with a vibe similar to her signs. She shares with us her favorite parts of the market, as well as her tips for keeping plants looking perky this summer.
The Greenhouse at Windy Hill
City of residence: Columbus
Farmers Market you’re participating in?
Columbus Summer Farmers Market
When did you become a part of the market?
This is my fourth year.
What do you sell?
Flowers in repurposed and unique containers along with fresh flower arrangements and handmade rustic signs.
How long have you been making/growing/crafting your goods?
I started my greenhouse business five years ago and had been making signs several years before that.
Talk about the process of creating your items, the time, supplies and skills involved:
I pick up items that might be thrown away, clean them up, repair if needed and plant them up with flowers and vines that I think look nice. I use old fence boards and barn wood for my signs.
What do you like about being a part of the market?
Meeting people and their dogs, the music and different food aromas. All the activity. I even take time to do a little shopping for myself.
What types of conversations do you have with the shoppers?
Mainly about caring for their plants.
Do you sell at other locations? Where?
Yes, at my home. I have two country greenhouses.
Is this a hobby or more for you?
I’ve always loved growing things, so it did start out as a hobby, then grew into a small business. The market is wonderful exposure for my small country greenhouse.
What are your plans when the market ends?
I take orders for poinsettias from churches and fundraisers, then I begin to start ordering seeds and planning for next year’s season.