CRAB ORCHARD - These are not your grandmother's flowers. Among the patchwork rows of plants at the Lincoln County Produce Auction, you won't find pass impatients to nod quietly around the front porch. Double impatients colored by Marilyn Monroe's lipstick demand admiration. Marigolds like gold medallions pop with fragrance.
And above it all, the hypnotic hum of the auctioneer leads buyers down the rows in a steady progression.
At Friday's auction, located outside Crab Orchard on Ky. 39, prices grew just as healthy as the plants, pleasing bidders and producers alike with the strong start of a fledgling auction spot.
One buyer at the auction said he was surprised to see such good prices. Usually, he said, Tuesday's going rate is better than Friday's. But final bids have been decent since the produce auction's opening in April, said sales manager Jerry Shelton.
"The prices just depend on the crowd, and who's here," said Shelton.