CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Greenhouse Grower magazine named Bob's Market and Greenhouses, in Mason, Operation of the Year in its September issue.
At the July 11 awards ceremony in Columbus, Ohio, owner Robert Barnitz reflected on his business.
"I think that I probably ought to change the name from Bob's Market to the Barnitz Family Greenhouse Operation," he said, referring to the many family members in attendance who are part of the business. My wife of 51 years gave me five sons. I guess God knew what he was doing when he didn't give us any daughters," he said with a laugh. "We have some wonderful daughter-in-laws, we're truly blessed as a family."
Other finalists in the category were Emerald Coast Growers, Rocket Farms and James Greenhouses. Others winning awards in different categories included Adrian Bloom, of Bloom's of Bressingham; Burpee Home Gardens; and Selecta for its revolutionary "3-D" double osteospermums (typically a single-blossom daisy), which was developed by Selecta's breeders.
Barnitz and his wife, Corena, started Bob's Market and Greenhouses more than 40 years ago. According to a video produced for the awards ceremony, all five sons chose greenhouse floriculture as their career path and all five have a stake in the business as owners.
It's the business's second consecutive year as a finalist. Greenhouse Grower's website said Bob's Market is known for making the highest-quality plugs in the market, and customer service is at the core of the business. Barnitz takes pride in the fact that they have never lost a customer due to lack of business integrity, poor product quality or delivery.
In the United States, Bob's Market is already among the top 10 in plug and liner producers despite having just 15 years of focus in that area.
The honor is important in the plant industry. According to Greenhouse Grower Editor Delilah Onofrey, the national trade publication serves growers throughout the country. They are the top information source for commercial growers of bedding plants, annuals, perennials, foliage, potted plants and cut flowers.
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My love of planting bulbs isn't.
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