May 27, 2006- Kaptur Unveils Flower of the Year to Showcase Ohio's "Bloom Coast" on Flower Day

June 12, 2007
Press Release
Our coastal region can draw millions of visitors here annually by showcasing the beauty of our 'Bloom Coast’. Lucas and Lorain Counties are Ohio's flower capitals. Homeowners, businesses, organizations and local governments can visually show their support by beautifying their own property and neighborhood,” said Kaptur. “Through coordinated theme plantings, our region will draw visitors to lake-oriented experiences from Toledo to Cleveland as our region gains a reputation as the Cape Cod or Hilton Head of the Midwest. Our hope is that this will build a major, annual eco-tourism attraction, as the Maumee Valley Growers, Lake Erie Coastal Ohio and so many other entities pursue their efforts.”

Maumee Valley Growers is an association of wholesale and retail greenhouse growers who are dedicated to growing the Northern Ohio floriculture industry. Lake Erie Coastal Ohio is also working with Maumee Valley Growers, botanical gardens, Metroparks, and others to plan for native species plantings along scenic byways in Northern Ohio and to market our coast.

Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry, and Kaptur is committed to exploring ways for family farmers and growers to compete in a global environment. During her visit to the Farmers’ Market today, Kaptur also encouraged qualified people to participate in the Senior Farmers’ Market Coupon program which has provided more than $5 million in fresh fruits and vegetables to thousands of the region's older adults, while also providing income to hundreds of local growers by spending our food dollars locally..

To find local growers in your area, go to www.maumeevalleygrowers.com and, for farm markets, to www.ohioproud.org/fmdirectory.