1875 Wm E. Babikow and sons was started. A farm and greenhouse operation in the country outside Baltimore, Md. Ernest Babikow was from Germany. He had sons and daughters,my grandfather was his last child..

The business started selling farm goods like milk, eggs sausage, vegetable produce to the central market places in washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. They sold to the global market of immigrants in these markets and cities. Whom themselves were used to going to the people who grew the product, in open market arenas. Because of the European market they served in America, the farm naturally grew flowers to go along with the produce. Field grown pansy, gladiolas, larkspur, where just natural add-on. They built cold frames to force azaleas and keep winter vegetable as late and as early as possable. The cold frames became the useful need to the potted plant market. Soon they built greenhouses for having flowers grow better all year-long. Cut flowers like snapdragon, chrysanthemums where some. They served a global market in these local cities.

Now the basic consumer at the grocery store has no idea from where the food comes from, nor do they ever meet the farmer that grew it. This week in our greenhouse business i planted epimedium roots from Holland, tissue culture plants from south Africa, cuttings from Columbia South America.

there’s a twist to the globalness as well as the mindset of the consumer.The world comes to the consumer in a veiled way.

The rise in city open markets is a wonderful bucking of the commercialized mass market approach to buying and selling. support your local farms and greenhouses, meet the people who grow it.

Know where you come from so you can best know how to go forward.



Perennial plant propogator for Creekhill nursery. Over 40 years of experience with lots of plants from foliage, cut flowers, seasonal potted plants, annuals and perennials. A plant geek and nerd, i am

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