07/11/19 6:00am

John and Maria Verderber and their three children at their family nursery in Aquebogue. (Credit: David Benthal)

There are lots of family businesses on the North Fork, but Verderber Nursery and landscape design company is a literal family tree. Run by husband-and-wife team John and Maria Verderber and their three children, aged 26 to 28, it’s safe to say that a love of horticulture and landscape design runs in the family. 

Headquartered in Aquebogue but with plant-growing operations in Jamesport, Mattituck, Southold and Southampton, the 300-acre Ver Der Ber casts a broad stroke, growing conifers, shade trees, shrubs and perennials for both wholesale and retail usage. Verderber’s diverse Garden Center features a 110-acre nursery space, offering everything from a small $8.99 flowering perennial to a 30-year-old tree selling for $25,000.  (more…)

05/10/19 2:40pm

Kyle and Emil Breitenbach at their Main Road farm stand Friday. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Brothers Emil and Kyle Breitenbach are reviving their Riverhead family’s generations-old farming legacy with the opening of their new Main Road farm stand in Aquebogue.

Breitenbach Farms lifted the garage-style doors of its modest red farm stand across the street from Verderber’s Nursery & Garden Center for a soft opening today, Friday, May 10. The location is an iconic one, operating as a farm stand for 75 years, originally as Skelly’s Farm Stand and for the last 20 years as Wells Homestead. (more…)