North Dakota Tourism has added a special surprise for sunflower lovers this year—mailboxes with free edible sunflower seeds.

By Ginger Crichton
August 18, 2020

North Dakota’s sunflowers are at peak bloom at many areas across the state, spreading a golden glow that photographers love to capture. This year there’s yet another reason to visit 17 of the state’s sunflower fields: North Dakota Tourism has put up mailboxes with free packets of sunflower seeds.

Sunflower Mailbox
Credit: Courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

You can find a map of the fields and a description of their bloom status here.

Some fun facts about sunflowers:

• North Dakota raises more than 38 percent of all sunflowers in the United States.

• The National Sunflower Association reports 470,000 acres of sunflowers were planted across North Dakota in 2019.

• Although the best time see North Dakota’s sunflowers varies, peak viewing season is typically mid-August. The flowers are at peak for about two weeks.

• Farmers rotate their crops to maintain the health of their soil. So sunflower chasers, take note: A field filled with sunflowers this year may be blooming with wheat the next.

Meanwhile, grab those photos while you can!