The land in 1916, and has become an institution in the century since.
Located on Bartley Road, farm stand began as a roadside wagon offering small amounts of dairy products, and didn’t begin selling flowers until the late 1970s, according to the site manager, Nicole Ort.
At the corner of Bartley Road and Rt. 24 was Veltman's, a stand that sold flowers since 1950. When they went out of business in the 1970s, Ort said, the farming family began selling flowers of its own to produce additional revenue streams to its vegetable business.
In the time since, however, Orts has become a seasonal destination for local and regional customers alike.
It’s the product, and customer loyalty, that has garnered the farm Long Valley Patch’s Readers’ Choice
Congratulations to Ort Farms!
Growing the majority of its for-sale flowers at the farm, Ort says it helps local shoppers relate when it comes to the product.
“We have good soil here, but we’re experiencing the same seasons and changes as the residents are,” Ort said. “So we’re able to relate to the problems they may be having with their flowers. We have a very knowledgeable group here, too.”
Name recognition, loyalty, and personalization are all factors in grabbing the most votes in the Long Valley Patch poll, according to Ort. The farm tallied 234 votes, or 57-percent, as one of six choices. Hoffman’s Supply came in second with 147 votes.
“A woman from Pennsylvania came here on Easter this year,” Ort said, “just to buy an arrangement from us. She said she came a few years ago and loved our flowers, and she’s been coming back every Easter since. It really makes you excited about the product you’re selling when customers are that loyal.”
The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.