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Willey Farms set to re-open garden center and greenhouse Friday

Mary Jo Verdery

It’s a big week for Willey Farms in Townsend, as its garden center and greenhouse are scheduled to reopen Friday:


Willey Farms served its customers for over four decades before an overnight fire last fall totally destroyed the business.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio says the origin and cause of that November 4th blaze has yet to be determined.


However, Willey Farms marketing coordinator Donna Cavender says they were told the fire was accidental, “And we were told it was electrical.”

Now, the 60,000-square-foot facility is slowly rising from the ashes and Cavender says starting this weekend flowers, annuals and plants will be available


“We’re going to have the garden plants, you know, the tomatoes and the squash and the herbs, we’ll have all that." said Cavender. "And the flowers; we’ve been planting and growing the geraniums and fuchsia and all kinds of hanging baskets since the middle of February.”  

Cavender adds the grand re-opening of the garden center and greenhouse is just the beginning.


“We are continuing to renovate our other selling space that we are planning to have produce and natural foods to sell out of there." Cavender said.

But Cavender notes that space may not be ready to open for another week or two.


For business hours to Willey Farms and updates on their progress, click here.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.
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