Wisconsin farmer plants two million sunflowers during pandemic

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BRISTOL, Wis. (CNN) – Some days during the coronavirus pandemic haven’t been particularly bright, but one Wisconsin farmer is, quite literally, changing that by planting two million sunflowers in his farm fields in Kenosha County.

Scott Thompson planted about 22 acres of flowers in more than 15 fields to ensure for social distancing. Seven of the 22 acres have not even bloomed yet.

In a normal year, Thompson Family Farm customers usually pick out strawberries and raspberries in the summer and pumpkins in the fall. However this time around, Thompson and his wife thought of this new idea for the first time, and he says the people are loving it.

“One of the things that’s so cool about this is everyone is so happy,” Thompson told to CNN. “We get all these comments on Facebook, or if I’m out in the field, everybody is like, ‘Thanks for doing this,’ (and) ‘This is what I needed.’ People are so happy to be out there and have a place to go.”

Thompson says sunflowers will be a normal decorative feature at the family farm going forward.

Thompson’s family has been farming in the county for more than 70 years.