MARCY, NY – Now that the unofficial start to summer has begun with the arrival of Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to start thinking about getting our yards in shape and maybe planting a few flowers.
But like many businesses, local greenhouses have been affected by the coronavirus.
Earlier this week, landscaping, gardening, and horticultural businesses were deemed “essential” across the state under the NYS Forward Plan.
Social distancing guidelines must still be followed and local greenhouses are making sure their customers know what those guidelines are.
Jan Barendse, who owns River Road Greenhouses in Marcy along with his wife Karen, says despite the coronavirus, business has been blooming.
"We have a fairly large place so there's lots of room to shop around. We took some benches out and put lines in that are six feet apart giving it a nice even flow so people aren't so cramped together. If you talked to me five weeks ago, I didn't feel very comfortable, and had dreams about dumping these beautiful flowers."
Cornell Cooperative Extension recently handed out free masks and hand sanitizer to local growers to make sure they could keep themselves, and their customers, safe.