William Berner’s two daughters, Henrietta and Anna established “Radder and Berner Florist”. While his son William and his wife Ruth established "Sunny Valley Farms” some seventy years ago. They kept area markets supplied with fresh produce and garden plants for many years.
Leon Berner (top right photo), William and Ruth’s youngest son, is the only one of their six children to carry on in the farming tradition. Realizing that there is little money in the grain business, Leon started raising more fruits and vegetable crops. In 1983 he met his wife Karen, (Lucky Guy!!!) who together have worked hard establishing “Berner’s Farms Market and Greenhouses.”
The fourth generation Berner to “Keep the dream alive” is Leon and Karen’s son Travis (center photo). Learning at a young age about tractor safety, Travis has become a fine operator of most of the farm equipment.
It was 1887 when William Berner left Germany and first arrived to the Buffalo, NY area. It wasn’t until a few years later, in 1893, that he moved to Elma and established the family farm.
Then in 1904, at the Pan-American Expo, he discovered something that became the basis for the Berner family business to this day. It was a greenhouse, one of the first ever built.(top left photo) He purchased it from the Expo and moved it to his farm in Elma, NY.
Four Generations of Farmers and a Little Piece of American History.
The Year was 1887 ...
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