How would you like to walk out into your backyard and pick your own, homegrown, apples, pears, peaches, cherries, grapes, raspberries or strawberries? Looking for a place to buy starter plants?
I’ve got a source for you.
Schlabach’s Nursery in Medina, New York
But first I am going to tell you straight out that I have never done business with this nursery but I intend to send in my order in the coming weeks. They sent me their catalog and I’ll tell you what I like about the catalog and what I know about this nursery thus far.
First of all, their catalog is simple. No color photos. Nothing against beautiful color pictures, but in the nursery business that’s not how we buy plants and that’s not how we are sold. Sometimes (I had to fight with my fingers to type “sometimes” because my fingers and one side of my brain wanted to type “often times” but I don’t think that’s fair) companies with full-color catalogs fail to make their customers happy, and I’ll leave it at that. That’s certainly not always the case, but being in this position I hear a lot of plant-buying horror stories.
So their catalog is simple and to the point. I picked up the phone and gave them a call. The owner answered the phone. That’s always a good sign. Actually, that’s a really good sign. I quizzed him a little about how he markets his nursery and he told me that most of the business is referrals. Neighbors telling neighbors. That’s another really good sign.
They don’t have a website. I take that as a good sign because many small growers can’t be bothered with a website. They just pedal along taking care of their customers and are not always looking for a sea of new prospects. Some of the best growers that I know have a really low profile on the Internet.
This nursery is situated in an Amish community. So what’s that mean? To me that says; “Small Family Owned Business”. Another good sign. I see this all the time with our Backyard Growers. When they pack their plants up to ship they put them in the box with loving care. Trust me, it makes a difference.
From what I can tell Schlabach’s Nursery sells mostly, if not all, fruit trees and fruit-bearing plants. Apples, Blackberries, Cherries, Grapes, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Quince, Raspberries, Strawberries, and Blueberries. Maybe more, I don’t know for sure.
You need to know. Fruit trees and other fruit-bearing plants are hot sellers! Our Backyard Growers are always looking for wholesale sources for these types of plants because people are asking for them. That’s why I am placing my order with this nursery. I’ll buy a bunch of stuff that I can pot up and resell.
So if you are interested in any fruit-bearing plants I suggest you send a note to Schlabach’s Nursery via snail mail and request their catalog. Don’t look up their phone number and call them up! That’s not how they do business. The owner told me that he’d prefer that people write and request a catalog. They do not have a phone room with operators standing by. They are a family with lots and lots of things going on. Please respect their wishes and request a catalog by mail and place your order by mail.
I called him because I wanted to make sure that he was okay with me posting this. They have a cover price on the catalog of $2.00. He did not specifically say that they charge $2.00 for the catalog so I’ll leave that up to you. Their mailing address is:
2784 Murdock Rd.
Medina, New York 14103
If you want, tell them that I sent ya.
If you have done business with Schlabach’s Nursery and would like to write a review for them please post one below.