Farm of the Month: Barrett’s Greenhouse & Nursery

Barrett’s Greenhouse & Nursery
Bill and Debbie Barrett
258 Gunn Rd.
Keene, NH 03431

Just minutes from Keene’s center and you are winding your way up a pleasant country road. Just as enjoyable as the ride, is browsing through the numerous quality plants available once at Barrett’s Greenhouse & Nursery.

Although Bill and Debbie Barrett’s second year at this location — what Debbie describes as “a little piece of heaven” — the Barretts have always farmed. Raised in the Keene area, the Barretts first owned a dairy farm in Maine, returned to Keene, and for years farmed in Swanzey.

“Bill was custom farming,” Debbie says. “He did everything: plowing, rototilling, landscaping, putting in gardens for people. He was a Jack-of-all trades.” Their farming extended to a continuous involvement in the farmers’ market community, an association with the Keene Farmers’ Market beginning at its early stages on Winchester Street.

Barrett’s Greenhouse currently offers many plants. “We have annuals, vegetables, some herbs and perennials,” Debbie says. “There are hanging baskets, bedding plants, tons of lettuce, tomatoes (10 to 15 different varieties, alone), and peppers.” Add to that winter and summer squash, broccoli, cucumbers (pickling and slicing), and more. And, for people who fear buying because they are not the best gardeners, Barrett’s always incorporates a slow-release fertilizer in their plants, keeping them healthy after they leave the greenhouse.

“I think we do a really nice job of growing here. We hold quality to the highest standard. We offer a flowering mixed basket that rivals any basket produced in the area,” Debbie says. “Myself, my sister-in-law Julie and my husband, work together as a team, and I think we’re an unbeatable team. We are actually living on the farm that Bill’s paternal grandmother grew up on.”

“People are doing a lot of gardening. It’s a super thing,” she says.  Visit Barrett’s Greenhouse & Nursery (open 9-5, 7 days), and let them help you chose the plants that will make your gardening experience fun and rewarding.

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