Patterson Greenhouses is a family owned and operated farm dating back to the 1800's. Its mainstay has been dairy cows for many of these years and potatoes before that, but the last decade and a half brought about many changes. The dairy cows were sold in 1987 and we soon switched our focus to mums and pumpkins. With the selling of the cows, our large inventory of hay and straw could be sold instead of consumed. This aspect of our business has not changed over the years.
In 1989, we ventured into another new area of farming, the greenhouse industry. Starting with a single greenhouse, a couple small fields, and a limited amount of knowledge, the road to becoming a successful business seemed rough. However, we did not feel that our goal was unattainable. Alan Patterson went to college to study horticulture while Don (aka Dad Patterson) learned from other farmers in the area and old fashioned trial and error. It did not take long to get a good grasp in the growing of bedding plants and mums, but it did take a lot of hard work. Every day of the week, including Sunday (unless it's the summer and there are waves at the beach), Don and Alan wake up before the sun rises to work in the fields or greenhouses. Also, there are very few nights when the two of them are done with their work before the sun sets.
Afamilyfter deciding that we should not limit ourselves to only summer and fall products, we began to grow Christmas trees and other winter goods such as wreathes and grave blankets. It took a considerable amount of time before the Christmas trees were ready for sale, but in 1997 our first trees were sold. The next year, we sold twice as many as the year before and our trees have never looked better.
The retail aspects of the business was always been handled by Kate (aka Mom Patterson) and Sharon (known to most by her uncanny ability to run across rocks with bare feet on a daily basis). Together, they have worked hard to make sure that the customer always gets what they want. In 2006 Mom passed away, so now you will find Sharon with one of her helpers. The other Pattersons, who you may have seen on occasion, are Cindy, who works in New York City, Rich, who is a graphic designer and can create web pages such as this one, and Dave, who is a high school math teacher and of course our latest addition, Oliver, the crazy puppy! Over the years, Patterson Greenhouses has grown to become a very respectable business with a large inventory and caring employees. We hope to continue to grow to meet the needs of our customers as the years go on.
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