Local greenhouses set to open during pandemic with safety measures in place

In this Huron Hub file photo, daisies soak up the bright light inside of Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road. Schwartz’s is among several area greenhouses and growers who are planning on opening soon and have plans in place to do business during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 26, 2020

Winter is quickly fading away and that means thousands of green thumbs everywhere are ready to get dirty, and countless local growers are ready to sell their products.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced all non-essential businesses to close in March, greenhouse owners and customers alike worried about the upcoming growing season.

Last week, Gov. Whitmer eased restrictions on some businesses, including greenhouses and growers.

With the new regulations in place, local greenhouses have said they are getting ready to open with new safety measures in place for customers and employees.

Block’s Greenhouse in Romulus posted on their Facebook page some of their plans to sell plants during the pandemic.

The business did not post an opening date yet but said to stay tuned.

“Our plans to create a safe shopping environment. We will be limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time. There will be special hours for seniors and the vulnerable population. Face masks will be required per Governor Whitmer’s order. We will also be extending our selling season. We will continue planting so we have a good selection of flowers and vegetable plants,” their post said.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse in Huron Township announced recently that they would be launching online ordering system, curbside pickup for customers this season with a May 1 planned opening date.

“This program will start hopefully May 1st or when the Stay Home Stay Safe order is lifted,” the business said in a Facebook post.

“We have also reduced display carts and benching to encourage more space for our customers to practice social distancing for those that still want to browse and pick their own items.We will have one way aisles in order to help flow and congestion helping us practice our best social distancing as a community.Our plan is to implement handheld checkout machines which should help ease congestion at the checkout area. As of now we are planning on having dedicated shopping hours for our senior community to help our most vulnerable community members stay as safe as possible…Stay tuned for more details on that as well,” Schwartz’s said.

Kurtzhal’s Greenhouse, 27098 Sibley Road, posted on their social media that they plan to open on May 1.

Vena’s Greenhouse, 20935 Martinsville Road, also said they are opening on May 1.

Normal business hours are in full swing at Grass Roots Pond and Garden, 24765 Bell Road, according to their Facebook post.

If you own or operate a greenhouse near Huron Township and want to be added to this list, please email ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com



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