When Bob and Martha “Marty” Motman got married over 70 years ago, Bob had farming in his blood, so he bought a wheat field just east of Allendale and planted some pear treas. The new pears trees didn’t produce for a few years, so he worked for at the Grand Rapids Gravel Company. Then Bob went off to the Korean War, and while away, his Dad took care of the pear trees for him. When he came back, Bob and Marty started selling pears off the back of a pickup truck, and also began selling peaches and apples too. Not too long after, home grown vegetable gardening was added to the business. Now that they had a greenhouse, Marty decided to grow some flowers for her yard. Bob bought the seeds, planted them and sold the extras out of a little red farm market along with the produce.
Today, Mike and Beth, their son and daughter-in-law, manage the business and do almost all of the growing themselves. They still have orchards, and Mike and his brother Dave continue to pick apples by hand and water flowers by hand as well. Beth manages the retail area of Motman’s. Having worked their since high school, Beth’s experience and fresh flower designs are unmatched by anyone in the area.
Spring The spring is a magical time at Motman’s. Their greenhouses come alive with new, fresh flowers as well as that same old family-friendly service. It is sure to give you that warm, refreshing feeling that only comes with a visit to Motman’s before you begin your out-door project.
Fall Autumn turns the flower market into a big produce stand that holds much of what is grown on the farm. If it isn’t grown at Motman’s, it comes from another local grower who knows what it means to produce the best product possible.
Motman's Greenhouses 616.677.1525 April Hours Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pm, May - June 8am - 8pm Closed Sundays