From Our Editors
Sunshine International founder and native Colombian Patricia Valencia fills her shop with freshly trimmed flowers ranging from roses to carnations, hydrangeas, and mini callas, all imported from Colombia or Ecuador within 48 hours of being plucked. Flowers start their life cycle at a South American farm, where workers pick them according to the buyer's specific requirements. From there, the plants are stored in a cooler before hopping a cargo plane to Miami and San Francisco, then flagging down a truck for a ride to Sunshine's San Francisco Flower Mart location. Before being sold, workers inspect the flowers to ensure optimum quality and confirm that each bloom is free of stowaway guerrilla bees.