Proud Of East Texas

99% of the cut flowers sold in Texas aren't grown here. But if one east Texan has her way, all that will soon change. Sandy Golden left the family farm in Van Zandt county over two decades ago.

After degrees from southwest Texas and the University of Southern California, Golden became a top executive in a major grocery chain. Now after twenty-one years in "the fast lane", Golden has returned to the family farm and started growing flowers.

She sells her bouquets of colorful Zinnias and giant sunflowers at the Tyler Farmer's Market. Golden's freshly cut flowers are so popular they're often sold out by noon. The informal, but elegant, bouquets sell for five dollars: Golden's passionate about pricing them at an amount "everyone can afford."

While this former executive turned flower farmer says she'll "never get rich" selling flowers, Sandy Golden insists she's happier than she's ever been in her life. The Tyler Farmer's Market, located on Front street in the east Texas fair grounds, is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Joan Hallmark, reporting.