I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
Andrew and Andrea Safko are one farsighted Florida couple who don't have that problem. They're the owners of what is probably the only four-leaf clover farm in the U.S. As Saint Patrick's Day approaches, the Safkos have been busily shipping four-leaf clovers encased in plastic wallet calendars, money clips and bookmarks—as well as clover in the raw—to clients as far away as Japan and Zimbabwe. On their 11,000 square-foot St. Petersburg "farm," the Clover Specialty Company, Andy, 42, and Andrea ("Dandy"), 40, grow roughly 10 million clover plants a year, 20 percent of which are the four-leaf variety. The Safkos produce three-and five-leafers as well. "Some people think if four-leafs are lucky," says Andrea, "five-leafs are even luckier."
Maybe. But if a frost strikes their clover, the Safkos might well wonder what the leprechauns are up to. After all, the luck associated with their product can be seen as double-edged: Legend has it that Eve was clutching a four-leaf clover when she was banished from the Garden of Eden.