US (IN): Kingsbury-based greenhouse grower prepares for spring rush

On April 13, Blooms Greenhouse Grower Outlet is prepared to welcome spring time and reopen for a new season of business. This will be the fifth spring that the Kingsbury-based greenhouse has offered retail options to the community.

Bloom’s roots started in 1907, when the Angelo Bernacchi family came to La Porte. “They started out as vegetable cart pushers, and then evolved into buying land and producing vegetables to sell,” Bill Christakes, father of Rich Christakes, Co-Owner of Kingsbury Acres Greenhouse, said. “Somewhere along the line – probably in the 1940s – they started growing flowers.”

Over the years, Blooms Greenhouse Grower Outlet has grown to house nearly 200,000 square feet of production area, leaving 12,000 square feet open to the public for retail. Customers can choose from a wide selection of quality annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, and planters, all at direct-to-consumer pricing.

To celebrate their milestone anniversary, Blooms will host a Customer Appreciation Day on June 1st. The event will offer a first-ever, rare opportunity to tour the back-of-house operations in true “How It’s Made” style.

Read more at La Porte County Life (Julia Demma)

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