Shady GroveBen King of Shady Grove Greenhouses

Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week, we talked to Ben King of Shady Grove Greenhouses. His gorgeous flowers always draw a crowd, with visitors even lining up before the market even begins!

By Dana Holloway.

What does your farm grow?

We grow vegetables and cut flowers as well as nursery and potted plants.

How did you start farming?

I guess I wanted a change of lifestyle. Before, I worked in construction and wanted a switch. And now I get to be with my wife and children more.

What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

One thing that comes to mind is the personality of the people who come here. I really like getting to meet everyone.

What’s the hardest part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

At times, sales can be inconsistent depending on the number of customers. But there’s not much that’s hard!

Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?

Farmer’s Markets are important for a close connection between the farmer and the buyer. Customers buy fresh produce and get to talk to the farmer about what they’re buying and what farming’s all about.

What time did you get up this morning?

5:00 am.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Pancakes, sausages, eggs, and oatmeal.

What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?

Our flower bouquets for both.

What’s your favorite item from another vendor’s stand at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

I’d say the fruit from any of the vendors.

Peaches or nectarines?


Bare feet or shoes?


What are some “must-have” items to bring to the market?

My canopies so I can give the flowers shade.

Where’s your favorite place in the whole world?


bouquet collage

Thanks, Ben, for taking the time to talk to us! Visit his stand to pick-up a gorgeous bouquet or potted plant or some farm-fresh veggies. He’s at the market every Friday from 2-6pm

Flower Bouquets in buckets