WHICH GREENHOUSE? Help me choose

Joined
Jan 11, 2018
Messages
3
Likes
5
First Name
Anthony
#1
Hi,
we are a small farm about 2 acres located on east Long Island and have decided to invest in having our own greenhouse.
We're looking into a gable style structure in the range of about 200 SF and 250 SF.
I've attached here the ones I narrowed down.
Here's some extra information to help you and anybody in this forum to give pin point suggestion.
We are a 13 acre farm, located on east Long Island and have decided to invest in having our own greenhouse.
We're looking into a gable style structure in the range of about 200 SF and 250 SF.
I've attached here the ones I narrowed down. I grow vegetables, flowers and berries on less than 2 acres.
Initially, 2 years ago, the goal of this farm was to produce food for the sole consumption of the owners, 3 siblings with their families and friends.
This coming season we are starting to grow in the fields as well as we are going to have an on site farm stand to sell produce and flowers along with establishing a couple of wholesales accounts.
So far we have been starting seed for transplants at a friend farm, but we have decided to grow out arrangement and have our own greenhouse.
So in choosing what structure and size, I'm considering that we are small with the potential to grow and expand. Yet I don't think we should invest in a commercial size greenhouse because our production volume would not justify it.
So the greenhouses I looked at and posted here are somehow larger hobby greenhouses and smaller commercial ones.
The size we came up with would be around 200 SF (ideally 10x20)
We would use it to start seedlings for transplanting, though when august comes and there is not much seeding left to do, I would like to remove the benches and grow winter greens as in a cold frame, without heat and with extra row cover protecting the crops inside when freezing.
So the idea would be to place wide removable benches over 30" wide raised beds during seeding season then take down the benches and saw crops from transplant to maturity in the beds.
They all start at around $10.000 except for the last one listed here, which is less than $5000 sold by ACF.
They say it's supposed to be even better than one of the Cross Country and justifying the low price with the fact that is mass produced in China. The price is tempting me but I don't know if I should trust something made in China.
 

Attachments

jordan

Gotta get a Greenhouse!
Joined
Dec 13, 2017
Messages
37
Likes
60
Location
NY
First Name
Jordan
Hardiness Zone
7a
#5
Hi Anthony and welcome to the forum. That's neat that you are actually starting a business using your growing skills. I don't own a greenhouse yet, so I don't know if I can be of help in helping you choose. Where I live, we have a lot of big nurseries, but I find if I buy my starts from one of the smaller mom and pop setups, they do better. I think it is because they start them in the area where I live rather than trucking in the plants from someplace else. Best of luck!
 

MoonShadows

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Dec 3, 2017
Messages
410
Likes
624
Location
Stroudsburg, PA
First Name
Jim
Hardiness Zone
6a
#8
Hello, I hope you don't mind me giving you advice, but personally I would choose the 3rd option.
Welcome @fatima-roosh ! I see you joined a while back; delighted to see you posting! I'm not sure what greenhouses @thonyc1968 has narrowed it down to. I hope we find out. Just curious, what makes you decide on the third one?