2015 Top 100 Growers: Grower Direct Farms (No. 43)

2015 Top 100 Growers: Grower Direct Farms (No. 43)

Operation Name: Grower Direct Farms

Owners: Leonard Van Wingerden Family

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City/State: Somers, Conn.

Environmentally controlled square footage: 1,565,000

Shade acreage: 0 acres

Field acreage: 8 acres

Crops:
Ornamental bedding plants: 95 percent (spring)
Plugs and propagation material: 5 percent (spring and summer)
Flowering potted plants: 100 percent (for poinsettias)

Customers:
Mass merchandisers: 48 percent
Home improvement chains: 45 percent
Supermarket chains: 3 percent
Warehouse clubs: 3 percent
Independent garden centers: 1 percent