Spring is officially here, and the weather is warming up, which means Block’s Stand and Greenhouse is getting ready to open its doors. From flowers in May to vegetables from July to October, Block’s is a Romulus staple and has seen generations of residents come through its doors.
The Block family has lived and farmed in Romulus for the last 150 years, dating back into the 1870s. Albert and Mayme Block married in 1923 and owned a greenhouse and farm with 40 acres of land, chickens and dairy cows. The couple was the third generation of Blocks to farm at the corner of Middlebelt and Eureka. Albert and Mayme’s son, Alfred, and his wife, Hilda, took over the family business and replaced the barns and grazing pastures with a storefront and traditional greenhouse—transforming the site into what it looks like today.
Fast forward to 2020 and Alfred and Hilda’s two sons, James and Fred, are the fifth generation of owners. Jim’s wife, three grown children and grandchildren also work at Block’s, making them the sixth and seventh generation to live, farm and do business in Romulus.
“Jim and I may be the owners,” said Fred. “But this is a family business and everyone in the family plays their part in making sure Block’s is successful every year.”
Fred and Jim also give credit to the nearly 100 local workers they employ every year at the greenhouse and the 15 farmers who help them tend the fields. In total, the Block family farms 800 acres of land in Romulus and the surrounding communities. The grounds that residents have come to love make up around nine acres alone.
Every spring, Romulus residents look forward to the selection of colorful flowers and fresh vegetables available at Block’s. That’s why Fred and Jim have been working closely with the City of Romulus, the Fire Department and the Police Department to make sure Block’s is up-to-code and safe to open its doors in keeping with State of Michigan Executive Orders on May 1.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect customers and employers, Block’s is in the process of implementing the following safety procedures:
- Sneeze guards at checkouts to protect check-out line workers
- Additional check-out locations throughout the grounds to minimize long lines and crowds
- Arrows to guide the flow of traffic
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout the grounds
- Deep cleaning and sanitization of shopping carts and grounds equipment
- Dedicated hours in the morning for seniors and those who are considered high risk
- Extended flower season (through June) and hours of operation to prevent crowds and a rush of customers
“Romulus has always been good to our family and our business. Opening on time and making sure the store is safe is the least we can do for the community.”
To learn more about Block’s Stand and Greenhouse, please visit https://www.blocksstandandgreenhouse.com/.