Ellen and Shane Bristow own and operate EP Green at 1207 Graves Avenue and recently expanded their growing operations to a new facility at 1040 Kenwood Lane. Courtesy of EP Greens
“We expanded to a second facility in early 2021 mainly to grow more lettuce,” said Shane. “We did not know how popular our lettuce was going to be when we started growing, but heads of lettuce and our bags of mixed lettuce have been our most popular product, and we could not keep up with demand.” Ellen and Shane Bristow own and operate EP Green at 1207 Graves Avenue and recently expanded their growing operations to a new facility at 1040 Kenwood Lane.
Courtesy of EP Greens Like many business owners, the Bristows were planning to expand sooner but the COVID-19 pandemic caused delays in the shipping of materials. While all retail operations will still take place at their original location at 1207 Graves Avenue, they are happy to give customers a look around the new facility.
“Also, we have some room to try our hand at fruiting plants like tomatoes and cucumbers,” Shane said. “Our goal is to provide everything you need for a tasty and healthy salad, minus the dressing.” The additional space has allowed for more lettuce production as well as increased crops of microgreens, herbs, leafy greens, pea shoots, sunflower shoots, and cilantro.
The business came into existence after coincidental timing left Ellen and Shane both looking to switch gears around the same time. Ellen had been retired from the Navy for a few years and was looking for ways to spend the next chapter of her life, while Shane had been working in humanitarian aid in the Middle East and Africa and was looking for a change. “People are used to coming there so no reason to change,” said Shane. “It’s a fairly similar operation in both locations, just more.”
“Owning a business in Estes Park has been great because of the tremendous support we have received from the public,” said Shane. “We have a group of very loyal customers who we see at the farm every week, even just for a $5 bag of lettuce.” Since then, the mother and son team has been enjoying owning a business in a tight-knit community like Estes Park. “We both love growing things and had been aware of the growing popularity of hydroponic and vertical farming,” said Shane. “We figured Estes Park was a good place to try that since outdoor growing conditions are so difficult and indoor farming can provide a local source of food that otherwise would not be available.”
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