PHOENIXVILLE - Cressley's Greenhouse adds flowers to the Phoenixville Farmers' Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Foundry on Main Street.

Cressley's specializes in annuals, poinsettias, mums and fresh produce.

"Every week we try to bring some type of flower," said owner Robin Cressley.

Earlier in the season, annuals, pre-annuals and hanging baskets were popular. Chrysanthemums are the fall favorite.

In addition to flowers, the greenhouses grow a variety of produce. Cressley said the tomatoes are grown in "high tunnels." The tunnels make the tomatoes bloom earlier, making Cressley's the first with tomatoes at the market. The greenhouse's first year at the market also produced the first tomatoes.

The Cressley's stand offers food and flowers from 25 cents to $5.

"We always try to grow good quality produce at low prices," Cressley said is the establishment's motto. "We try not to run out of anything."

Business has been good so far, according to Cressley.

"Every week it seems like more and more people are coming out," he said.

Cressley's nine greenhouses in Lehighton, Pa. offer 25,000 square feet of space.

The greenhouses produce 15,000 mums per season. The mums are planted in May and have come up early this year. As autumn grows closer, there will be hundreds of mums to choose from.

The main fall produce consist of pumpkins, sweet corn, tomatoes and cabbage as main crops. Pumpkins will range from half a pound to 30 pounds and start at $1. Gourds and neck pumpkins for pie will also be on hand. Cut leaf lettuce is coming soon to the stand, which is also sold to supermarkets.

"I'm trying to market retail instead of wholesale," Cressley said.

Cressley has been a farmer all of his life, and started the greenhouse eight years ago. He says he went from livestock to vegetables in his agriculture career.

The Cressley's Greenhouse truck marks the booth at the market.

"Everybody's real friendly and laid back. It's a real nice atmosphere with music each week," Cressley said. "I don't think you'll find anything fresher. All the growers pick a day or two before coming to the market."

For more information on Cressley's Greenhouse, call (610) 377-3496.

Dorene Pasekoff's garlic will premiere at the market this week.

And don't forget to bring a cooler to the market to keep the produce and other perishables fresh.

A vendor from the Farmers' Market at the Foundry is featured every week until the market closes for the winter.

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