7 acres of freshness
Before moving to Montrose, Karen and Bob VanBrocklin lived in Fort Madison where they began farming and had greenhouses nearby in Danville. Alleyways surrounded their greenhouses on two sides and for this reason, the name "Alley Greenhouse" was created. Having lived in Montrose for many years, they have diversified their produce selection to be able to contribute more to their community. With about 7 acres of farmland, the VanBrocklins are able to grow a lot more than just tomatoes and green beans.
The VanBrocklins received tremendous help on the farm from their children before a few moved out of town. With Karen's full-time commitment at another job, Bob works on the farm with some help and the use of his machines. The VanBrocklins handle planting, harvesting, and everything in between. You can catch Karen and the VanBrocklins at you local farmer's market with some of your favorite produce!
Large variety of produce
The VanBrocklins start their plants from seed in a greenhouse and later transition them outdoors throughout the season. They grow a large variety of fruits and vegetables year round, with more tomatoes and green beans per acre. They also grow flowers from seedlings! Listed below are some of the food grown on their farm.
Karen and Bob have many routes of selling their produce. They provide produce on a wholesale level to Hy-Vee and a few bars in the area. They sell the rest of their produce through farmer's markets and a farm stand located on their farm. Fruits and vegetables are harvested, cleaned, and cooled on their farm before market and before pick-up to guarantee freshness. The VanBrocklins currently attend these four farmer’s markets in Southeast Iowa: Montrose, Ft. Madison, Keokuk, and Mt. Pleasant! You can also visit their farm stand at the address listed below to pick up your fresh produce!
2946 Highway 218
Montrose, IA 52639
Phone: (319) 561-0500
Alley Greenhouse proudly accepts WIC and Senior FMNP, a program established to provide fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants and low-income senior citizens. Vouchers are given to these individuals and can be redeemed for fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs at participating vendors at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs (CSA’s).