WESTMINSTER, Vt. – Allen Brothers commemorated sixty years in business with a celebration on April 27. The well-attended event, which took place from 4 to 6 p.m., featured a garden party happy hour complete with wine tasting, 60-cent ice cream, a $100 gift card giveaway and 20 percent off fruit trees. Three additional garden party happy hours are also planned on the next three Thursdays, that will take place at the same times. The garden party on May 5 features 20 percent off all shrubs; on May 11, 20 percent off roses; and on May 18, 20 percent off hanging baskets.
Shelly, a regular customer from Rockingham, said, “Allen Brothers is a great place to walk around even if it’s not one thing you are looking for; the owners are very community friendly.” WKNE was at the event and Crystal Knowles said, “The station is here to support an amazing business that helps make our yards beautiful.”
Chelsea Denyou, who has worked in the garden center for eight years, said, “This is a wonderful environment and a great location for a business. We see many people from Burlington and other places who didn’t realize we are here and become regular customers.”
Co-owner Stacey Allen related the origin of this amazing business. According to Allen, “Four brothers, John, Russell, Raymond and Frank Allen purchased an apple orchard in Saxtons River, Vermont. It was their dream of working together and growing the finest fruits and vegetables. They all had different abilities: Raymond grew vegetables, Russell grew apples, Frank ran the roadside stand, and John and his wife Dorothy managed the company and did the bookkeeping. They wanted to raise their families by working together, and they did just that. In 1960 they bought land on Route 5 and opened the roadside stand.” Allen concluded her statements with, “We have great memories, from all the wonderful people that have worked for us, from having so many loyal customers, and from the hundreds of people who helped clean up after the flood Irene, all with the same mindset that Allen Brothers must go on!”
From strawberries in the spring to sweet corn in the summer and apples in the fall, Allen Brothers sells all native produce picked fresh daily. Allen Brothers has added Vermont cheese, maple syrup, salsa, dressing and a great wine selection including Vermont wines, to their market.
Allen Brothers is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The phone number is 802-722-3395.