Located in northern, New Jersey, Gro-Rite grows all of our basil hydroponically in a controlled environment. By growing basil in a greenhouse it allows us to have consistent quality and a constant year round supply.
In 1973, Dave and Gerda Vande Vrede opened a small garden center on their New Jersey farm. Year in and year out, they spent growing seasons cultivating all their own annual and perennial plants from seeds and cuttings. The Vande Vredes’ dedication to personally raising plants and selling directly to customers led to an unparalleled reputation as producers of the finest, most beautiful varieties of flowers and plants in New Jersey, and their reputation for service is no different. With attention to high quality and customer service, the business grew to 22 acres with 160,000 square feet of greenhouse space. By the 1990′s, the company outgrew its first location and purchased an 110 acre farm in Belvidere, adding 180,000 square feet of covered greenhouse growing space and a large outdoor growing area.