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Not what it used to be

Jean and Charles Ingram of Mathews were busy Tuesday morning gathering blooms at their North daffodil farm to give away. They had bunches of flowers earmarked for the library, the county administration building, the nursing home, their church and other places. The Ingrams said they’ve cut back their business over the past couple of years. At one time, they used to ship 4,000 to 5,000 boxes of daffodils each spring to buyers all across the country, but this year they expect to ship fewer than 100 boxes because buyers don’t want to pay enough to cover the costs of the product. Instead, they’ll be concentrating on local markets. ...

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