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Want Flowers? Readers Say Go To Ort Farms

With 405 votes cast, nearly century-old family farm takes majority of tallies.

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.

Nicole Ort April 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Great article, thank you! Just to clarify we've actually been farming in Long Valley since the late 1800's when my Grandpa's (Harvey Ort Sr) Grandfather started farming on land at the top of Spring Lane. My Grandpa can remember working in the fields that are now the developments of Nestlingwoods, Janet Drive, ect. In the mid 1910's he moved down and began a dairy operation at the land we are currently farming in Long Valley, and we've been here ever since. Thanks to all of our awesome customers who voted for us and special thanks to our great staff members and greenhouse guru, Jenn Worthington who keeps our plants fed, happy and healthy :)
Leona Harrington April 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Congratulations Nicole! Look forward to seeing Ort Farms back at the Green Market next week!

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