For Bob Van Bourgondien, president of CJ Van Bourgondien Inc., a wholesale greenhouse on the North Fork of Long Island, sales or lack thereof this time of year can either make or break his third-generation business.
"We're looking at how to cut back hours to keep payroll down if we couldn't sell the product," he said. "I told my kids that we may end up selling the farm after 101 years if things don't pick up."
His greenhouses sit on over three acres of land in Peconic. Inside are close to a million pots that house flowers planted well before the coronavirus pandemic. Van Bourgondien said business should be booming but like so many other industries they too have been uprooted.
But there's a glimmer of hope for growers after landscapers got the go-ahead to plant again late last week. Van Bourgondien hopes to make up for lost time because he said the fall will be here before we know it.