Ribbon cutting and season grand opening at Hardesty Farms and Greenhouses



CHAD HOBBS

Messenger Staff 


This past Friday and Saturday were big days at Hardesty Farms and Greenhouses located a few miles outside of Midway at 7200 Highway 79. Friday saw members of the Meade County Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Farm Bureau and family join Nicholas and Bethany Hardesty, along with their three daughters, to take part in a ribbon-cutting in front of their new greenhouse. They were also presented with a sign from Kentucky Farm Bureau designating the business as a KFB Certified Farm Market. After the Hardesty’s daughters cut the ribbon, attendees were invited into the new greenhouse for refreshments and a chance to look around a day before the season’s grand opening to the general public.

Upon entering the greenhouse, one found themselves completely surrounded by the bounties of the hard work the Hardesty’s have been putting in since January to supply their customers with a large selection of flowers, greenery and vegetable sets. A wide selection of hanging baskets dangled overhead with a rainbow of colors offered which are sure to meet anyone’s particular preference – everything from Boston ferns to petunias. Rows of tables were filled with everything from cell packs to beautifully filled planters, offering customers the opportunity to either fill their own containers and beds or purchase pre-filled planters that are ready to place on porches or decks. In addition to this, the Hardesty’s also offer vegetable sets, onion starts and seed potatoes.

“We are in our 26th year. We have anything from greenhouses to agritourism businesses to orchards to fall pumpkin patches, meat markets, markets that are open seasonally, markets that are open year-round. It is a certification through Farm Bureau. We have certain benefits and requirements for being in our program. So, one of our requirements is to be a Farm Bureau member; then have a permanent, safe, clean market – one that you would want to bring your family out to; and then with our membership they are able to take advantage of a lot of our group advertising and promotions along with educational opportunities in our program that we offer to our membership,” Fran McCall, Coordinator for the Certified Farm Market Program and Commodity Specialist for Kentucky Farm Bureau explained about the program. “We are really excited to welcome the Hardesty family into our market family this year! They are very instrumental in their community and give back to their community, and their girls are going to be here a long time to really contribute. We are just really excited to have them as part of our program.”

Saturday saw a successful opening day for the family. A Robin’s Nest was on-site offering gourmet hotdogs for customers to enjoy as well. Nicholas Hardesty said they plan on doing similar events during the flower season with a Kentucky Proud ice cream business scheduled to come to the farm later in the season. For anyone looking for some beautiful flowers, hanging baskets or vegetable sets, Hardesty Farms and Greenhouses are open every Wed. – Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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