When you take a short drive south of Hwy 85 and right off Fuller Rd., you will quickly be greeted by fields of gold. Pull the car over because this is a stop you'll certainly want to make.
In the spring of 2006, Babbette was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. She fought her strongest fight for 9 years while her family was right alongside her through it all. Babbette, who was a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend, lost the fight in fall of 2014. In honor of her and all those fighting similar battles, her family has planted sunflowers every year since her passing.
To this day, Babbette's family strives to give hope to other patients and families that may be going through that same battle they endured. Their mission is to raise money for organizations that engage in cancer research and support patients going through cancer treatment. During your visit to Babbette's Seeds of Hope, there is a bucket for donations on-site, or you can donate online.
Babbette's Seeds of Hope field, Tracey's Memorial, is currently blooming and is located at S5875 Fuller Rd, south of Hwy 85, Eau Claire, WI.
The origins of sunflowers trace back all the way to archeological sites from 3,000 B.C. Native Americans that resided in the southwest or the Mississippi River Valley area were the first to cultivate the flowers using them as a source for medicine, fiber, seeds, and oil. When European settlers arrived to the United Sates, they immediately sent seeds back to Europe. Van Gogh appreciated the beauty of sunflowers so much, he painted them in his art work. Their beauty and radiance has captured the eyes and hearts of people worldwide.
While they are wonderful to look at, their seeds also make a nutritious snack. They are rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals. You can mix them with nuts or even sprinkle them on top of your salads.
Babbette's Seeds of Hope welcomes visitors to wander through their fields of sunflowers during daytime hours. This makes for the perfect social-distancing activity and some insta-worthy photos. You can even explore Babbette's by bike because their fields are located right along the Chippewa River State Trail. Soak up these last few moments of summer with a trip here and don't forget to donate for the cause!