It may be hard to picture now, but in a few weeks flowers will be springing up across the North Fork’s yards, fields and parks.
And one place you will definitely be able to see them is on a 13-acre plot in Jamesport, which was recently purchased by siblings Alex and Krystyna Reckner.
The brother and sister plan to expand their current business, E. Reckner Greenhouses, by growing numerous types of cut flowers, such as asters, dahlias and sunflowers, on the West Lane property, Mr. Reckner said.
They chose the land, which is approximately 50 miles from their farm’s headquarters on Old East Neck Road in Melville, due to its close proximity to the Long Island Expressway.
“It wasn’t as far out as like, Southold or any other towns out there where you have to go down Sound Avenue for a bit,” Mr. Reckner said. “You can kind of get up Northville Turnpike and you’re right there on West Lane.”
The location will be used to grow additional plants, which will then be transferred to the Melville business and sold wholesale. Initial plans call for keeping the operation small.
“I think we have to take it a little slower initially and try not to bite off more than we can chew and see how much we can do ourselves or with the help of our family,” Mr. Reckner said. “If it works well and it’s successful then we’ll look to add on a few more people to help us.”
The land, which the siblings purchased in December for $645,000, consists of 11 acres of fully preserved farmland and two acres of developed land, said Syma Gerard of Syma Joffe Gerard Realty.
The developed land includes a barn — something Mr. Reckner said drew him and his sister to the plot because it meant they didn’t have to spend money building a structure to hold tractors and equipment. The siblings also chose the land because it is level, Mr. Reckner said.
The Reckners, whose grandparents began farming in the late 1950s and early 1960s, said acquiring the land was easy thanks to the help of the people they met in Riverhead Town.
Now, with the additional acreage, the siblings can continue to enjoy the family profession. They plan to start growing flowers in May or June and sell them in late July.
“It’s peaceful,” Mr. Reckner said of farming. “You get to be outside and enjoy the outdoors and you get to see the direct result of your labor. You grow something and you get to see it to the end stage.”
Photo: Come spring, this Jamesport field will be full of flowers that will be sold by E. Reckner Greenhouses, which is based in Melville. Siblings Alex and Krystyna Reckner closed on the 13-acre plot in December. (Credit: Nicole Smith)