Tulips, Windmills, Rembrandts you say?

Tulips, Windmills, Rembrandts you say?

"Cups of Jo" and Tulips....the perfect way to start a Saturday. 

What is the Tulip Drop?

The Tulip Drop is an annual pop-up event bringing thousands of beautiful tulips to you! ALL proceeds are donated to a local non-profit! It's like a flower flash mob throughout Chester County. 

When is the Tulip Drop?

Tulips drop on Saturday, May 11th! 

Thanks to Twin Valley Coffee in West Chester and Downingtown for hosting this year!

How does it work?

Visit our events page and pre-order for pick-up at West Chester or River Station Downingtown

When you arrive on Saturday, May 11th between 9am and 12pm, you'll be able to personally pick out your favorite bundle. We'll have everything ready to keep them fresh as you carry on with your day. 

Can I just show up?

You can....however, to guarantee tulips will be available and waiting for you, we strongly recommend that you pre-order your bundle for May 11th. Tulips have sold out every year and we really want to make your tulip dreams come true.

Can I donate to "Sponsor Someone Special?" as in years past?

YES!! Thank you! Please do!

Simply send $20 to our Venmo @maggiesmarketshop and write SOS. Your donation will deliver an arrangement to a local special education teacher or senior living resident.  If you don't have Venmo, but would like to participate, drop us a note at maggiesmarketshop@gmail.com and we will make it happen! :) 

Why give back?

It all started with a little girl, an awesome community, and a bundle of tulips! Come experience the "beauty of the unexpected" with us. 

By participating in the Tulip Drop, you are not only spreading joy, but also supporting individuals with disabilities, just like our Maggie.

It's a win-win situation! (Who knew giving back could be so fun and easy?) 

Learn more about our featured partner The Arc by visiting our Partners and Friends section. 

The best part?

You can keep your tulips for yourself or share with someone you love--making a difference as a Maggie's Market Shop ambassador along the way!

(Plus, who can resist the charm of a surprise bouquet of tulips?)

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Welcome To Holland
by Emily Perl Kingsley
Copyright©1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. 
All rights reserved. 
Reprinted by permission of the author.

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.  It's like this……

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy.  You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans.  The Coliseum.  The Michelangelo David.  The gondolas in Venice.  You may learn some handy phrases in Italian.  It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives.  You pack your bags and off you go.  Several hours later, the plane lands. The flight attendant comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland.”

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy!  I'm supposed to be in Italy.  All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there's been a change in the flight plan.  They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease.  It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language.  And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place.  It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy.  But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips.  Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.  And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."  

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

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