Our family farm began in 1902 when John and Margaretta Serres emigrated from Luxembourg. They purchased 80 acres in the Clackamas Highland area, east of Oregon City. John was active in general farming and built the first Serres greenhouses growing lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.
In the 1930's John's four sons (John, Mike, Ted, and Joe) followed in the business. Operating independent greenhouses primarily growing salad cucumbers in the winter months. They sold their cukes to the Portland Farmers' early market, to large produce warehouses and to grocery chains. Early on the brothers banded together to sell their produce, with John handling the marketing and selling functions and the other brothers handling production. After their markets were established John joined his brothers in growing cukes. In addition to growing hothouse cucumbers the brothers farmed row crops, bedding plants, tomatoes, hay, grain, and they raised cattle.
In the 1970's Joe and Mary's son Dan, together with his wife Patti, purchased the family business and enlarged operations to produce the present Serres Greenhouse & Farm operation. Christmas trees were planted in 1971 and the first Christmas tree harvest was in 1977. In 1995 they opened their own retail garden center.
In the 1990's and 2000's Dan and Patti's daughters became involved in the family business. The Serres Greenhouse and Farm operations has grown to include over 200 acres, owned in part by our daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Del Bullock, including over 100 acres dedicated to the production of Christmas trees and reproduction timber. 90 acres are in fresh market produce and fruit for our wholesale distributors and our retail produce market. We have over 200,000 square feet of greenhouses, growing spring plants for the leading retailers and independent garden centers in the Pacific Northwest. In 1995 we opened our own retail garden center.
Today, operations include farming, greenhouse nursery, Christmas Trees, vegetables, spring flowering plants, annuals, vegetable starts, roses, hanging flower baskets, and more. If you have the opportunity to visit the Willamette Valley, we encourage you to contact us for a tour of the farms.
Dan & Patti Serres