Back in 1980 when Mitchell Bottomley was just eight years old, he and his Grandpa, Bunk Roten, would spend hours in the basement trying evergreen garlands to earn a little extra Christmas money.
When his grandpa died ten years later, Mitchell reached back into those fond childhood memories and emerged with a booming business idea. He and his father, Blan Bottomley, started Bottomleys Evergreens & Farms, Inc. in 1990, turning what once was a cottage family business into the largest supplier of Christmas greenery in the eastern United States.
Things have grown considerably since the beginning. The farm now consists of approximately 5000 acres of Frasier Fir Christmas Trees, White Pines, Boxwoods, cabbage, pumpkins and cantaloupes. There are 145,000 square feet of cold storage and 460,000 square feet of work area. Today Mitchell and his father continue to make this business a glowing homage to his Grandpa.