About Us

1908 - The Hafner family immigrates to America from Stuttgart, Germany. Chuck' father George Hafner, and his Uncle Jake Hafner, begin farming to support their families. "Hafner Brothers" grew fresh fruits and vegetables which were sold at the Regional Market and to local grocery stores. Their roadside stand consisted of two tables and a canvas awning in front of their house on Taft Road. Before long, the brothers' business was regarded as one of the premier wholesale vegetable farms in Upstate New York.

1968 - Due to the increased volume of traffic on Taft road, the county decides to widen what was then Fay road from two lanes to four. With the expansion, the family home was moved around the corner to Buckley Road. Once the house was moved, George and his son Chuck constructed a building that was about the size of a two-car garage. That building was the original "Chuck Hafner's Farmers Market."

1975 - Chuck and his wife Linda build a larger farm market adjacent to the original "farm stand" and the original became Chuck Hafner' Soft Ice-Cream. Also that year, Chuck and Linda's first child, Jess was born and his sister, Ryan arrived the following summer in 1976. Early in the winter of 1981 their third child, Taryn was born.

Over the next 30 years - To continue providing a great selection and abundant quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables, Chuck constantly expanded his business with numerous retail additions and greenhouses. Along the way, he diversified the business, growing world class annual and perennial flowers as well as an extensive wholesale and retail nursery business. Chuck also started to grow over 250 acres of Evergreen trees for sale as Christmas trees. Today, the "Tree Farm" has over 100,000 trees growing on it at any one time.

2008 - Chuck, Linda, and Jess Hafner move the existing business on Taft Road to their new state of the art Garden Center on Buckley Road. With 65,000 square feet of retail space, a 7 acre nursery, and four acres of growing greenhouse, it is considered by the industry as one of the premier Garden Centers in the country.

Our mission - To be Central New York's recognized leader in the garden industry by providing our customers with a pleasant and rewarding shopping experience while maintaining superior levels of quality, selection and service.