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Nourse Farms Inc.

Green Star: Good Nourse Farms Inc. is a Watchdog 30 company. Green Star: Good

Mailing Address:
41 River Road
South Deerfield, Massachusetts 01373 (United States)

Phone: (413) 665-2658
Fax: (413) 665-7888

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Positive GardenManDonald
GLENSHAW, PA (Zone 5a)
(7 reviews)
April 21, 2017
The blackberries received from this company have grown very well. I will order from them again as soon as I finish clearing space for more berries.
Positive jawick
Trinity, TX
(3 reviews)
February 9, 2017
Posted on September 1, 2016, updated February 9, 2017
If I had to give a letter grade to Nourse, it\'d be a solid C. A+ for all the blackberries I\'ve bought from them, but then a big fat F for the Nantahala raspberries I bought due to their description that they do well in Zone 8 and the heat of east Texas which they did not do. Now, they don\'t even carry Nantahala raspberries, so I guess I wasn\'t the only one fooled by their deceptive description and my desire to grow raspberries here in Texas. However, every single one of their blackberries has been doing quite well. It\'s just a shame I didn\'t get even one single Nantahala plant to survive through last year.
On February 9th, 2017, jawick changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

After posting here, Nourse contacted me about a product refund well after the product replacement date. Today, I received some good looking blackberries and already have them in the ground. It still smarts that I can't grow raspberries in this part of Texas, but Nourse more than rectified the situation. I will continue to do business with them and encourage others to do the same if you want quality plants at great prices.
Positive NarrowWayFarm
Brookville, OH
(7 reviews)
November 23, 2016
Excellent customer service! Any questions about their products, just call and ask and they seem happy to answer.

They also have great prices! inexpensive but not "cheap" in quality.

We ordered a couple of their Pineberry collections last spring. We also bought some white strawberries from a local big box store. The ones from Norse did awesome and produced LOTS of runners! The big box store variety did awful, I'm not sure if even one survived!

We are planning on ordering some raspberry plants from them for this spring. Hopefully they do just as well.

Positive DavidPutty
Arlington, VA
(4 reviews)
June 24, 2016
I ordered three currants from them which were very cheap, only $8 (the size of the plant that I would receive was unclear though and undisclosed at purchase). The plants shipped out the next via ground and arrived within a week. The plants were quite small, 6" or less but have been growing like crazy since I have planted them. I would order from them again.
Positive HM2015
Bristow, VA
(8 reviews)
May 5, 2016
Posted on May 28, 2015, updated May 5, 2016
First off, I want to commend Micah, who has been so patient with my questions regarding strawberries and raspberries.

Second, this is THE place to order strawberries and cane berries!! I ordered 100 strawberry plants and they are almost all doing fabulously!

My blackberries are thriving, and while my raspberry bushes are a little slow to respond, Micah counseled patience, and guaranteed replacement if they don\'t grow.

Micah, you have a client for life, because of your courtesy and support to customers, and patience with novice gardeners! Thank you.

I am so glad I found Nourse Farms. I will always my berries from them!
On May 5th, 2016, HM2015 added the following:

I love Micah!!! He is amazingly responsive and quick to answer any questions and concerns. Also, only a few of my raspberries came in (probably my fault) and Micah assured me he would replace them. I just ordered another 150 strawberry plants, too. And, my blackberries are taking over my little flower bed.

This is the best place to buy berries and anything on their site, really. I have purchased plants from other places. The quality and responsiveness of Nourse Farms plants and staff far supersedes all others.

Thank you, Micah!!!
Positive sprigs
Acton, MA
(1 review)
April 25, 2016
I have ordered from Nourse before, and have always had great experiences.

This time, for the first time ever, I ordered asparagus -- yay! Of course, instructions say to plant as soon as possible. They also say if the asparagus can't be planted right away, to keep the roots damp, not wet.

So, as if it was my first day gardening, I kept the CROWNS damp - for 10 days.

The roots were pretty dry by the time I planted them. So far, 21 out of 25 have sent up gorgeous little asparagus shoots. Who knows - the last 4 might grow also.

I'm thinking these were very, very healthy strong plants to be doing so well after such silly treatment.

They deserve their Watchdog 30 rating, for sure!
Positive sgtpepper
Hiawassee, GA
(2 reviews)
April 5, 2016
I ordered at least 15 different types of berries from many mail order companies this spring and nourse farms plants are the best ! could not believe the size of the roots ! like a foot long and some of the stalks were like a half inch across . they look like 3 year plants . every one is busting out with leaves now . every thing they sell is fantastic !
Positive donnybill
Fort Ann, NY
(2 reviews)
November 26, 2015
Very good service and support. Very accommodating for shipping do to weather. Very nice plants. I bought raspberries and asparagus from them in Many 2015.
Positive gardenkarma
Allston, MA
(9 reviews)
July 3, 2015
Difficult to curb my enthusiasm for this company - and not just because of their proximity to my garden's location. They know what they're doing and they do it well. They are specialists and their berry plants will tell their tale. If you can manage to have difficulty with the company or their product, you have gone out of your way to bring difficulty into your life. Truly my favourite source for berry plants and, when I'm not planting anything new, I'm following their informative posts on facebook. Not a surprise that many mail-order companies will buy their berry stock from this company. Already I tell all of my garden buddies to order (or visit) here and I will continue to do so.
Positive b9cyst
Marengo, IN
(2 reviews)
May 12, 2015
I purchased 4 elderberry and 2 gooseberry. They arrived fast and healthy.
Positive scarby
Grovertown, IN
(5 reviews)
April 27, 2015
Found Nourse Farms through this site. There is an obvious reason they are rated so high. I ordered 3 varieties of strawberries through them in January. On two of the varieties, I ordered 25 crowns and received 27. I really like the idea of being able to pick the week you want your order to arrive. A week before my expected delivery I received an email reminder that my plants were about to be sent. Plus an email on the day they were shipped. Overall a great experience!
Positive Airportgardener
Rumford, ME
(1 review)
April 26, 2015
ordered 7 raspberry varieties for a total of 115 bare root plants. The order arrived on time, well packed and in great shape. As others have stated there were a few extra plants thrown in. The root systems are amazing. Thank you to nourse farms and their crew.
Positive tiamat334
Fort Mill, SC
(2 reviews)
March 20, 2015
Ordered 10 Jaclyn raspberry plants. Got 11 yay! Nice big bare roots were shipped well packaged with moist paper. Included brochure with planting instructions and agri-gel. Mixed agri-gel with one gallon of water. It created slurry to dip raspberry root into. Agri-gell nicely coated roots.
Positive RobThomas
Readyville, TN
(16 reviews)
March 12, 2015
Received three gooseberry and one blueberry plants. Plants were small, but the price was good. The packaging was impeccable. Roots in moist dirt, wrapped in plastic. The individual plants were completely wrapped in large cell bubble wrap. No damage to plants at all during shipping. Would definitely order again.
Positive MrsDTM
Lyndeborough, NH
(2 reviews)
January 17, 2015
The summer of 2014 was my first experience with Nourse Farms. I ordered a small sampling of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Everything arrived when expected and appeared to be of healthy stock. Having followed their planting guides ... I was amazed at how quickly and beautifully ALL of the plants grew. I expected at least a half dozen or more would probably not make it ... but every single plant thrived. So I just pre-ordered more raspberries, blueberries, strawberries ... and added blackberries and asparagus. Can't wait for Spring!
Positive jjedwards1
Victor, NY
(1 review)
October 28, 2014
Great plants, instructions and customer service. I bought 20 raspberry plants this last spring (10 Anne and 10 Heritage). I followed their planting instructions and even with a very late spring all of the plants flourished and even produced a fair amount of berries.

There planting instructions are the best on the web. Be aware that they do all of there shipping on Monday so plan accordingly, I ordered on a Tuesday thinking I would get them in a couple of days but had to wait until the next week to plant them.

I would not buy berry plants from anyone else.
Positive WeezyG
Brainerd, MN
(1 review)
October 5, 2014
Nourse Farms is the only place I'll bother looking for berry plants. They always send beautiful healthy plants that are carefully packaged. Reasonably priced also. Save yourself some time and just order from Nourse Farms.
Positive greenygal65
Greenville, SC
(2 reviews)
July 17, 2014
Very happy with this company so far. The strawberries came quickly, in good shape and at a good price. I was thrown off at first with the bare root thing but followed the instructions and was reward with great tasting berries this summer. Great selections too!
Positive mmercedes
Houtzdale, PA (Zone 5a)
(8 reviews)
May 31, 2014
I just have to add more praise for this great company.

I planted 50 Asparagus roots from Nourse last spring. (Jersey Knight and Millennium) I received healthy, hardy roots. I knew it would be a few years of waiting before I could expect to enjoy a harvest but that's okay because we all know that once planted, asparagus will live for decades.

We had winter temps of MINUS 20 degrees this year that killed off many plants... then an extremely late spring, snow in March, and ice on the ground forever. It's been a bizarre spring to date with see-saw temps, March winds in May, some hot days but (still) cold night time temps.

This is only their second season in the ground and already the plants are well over 5 feet tall The spears are tender, succulent, and almost twice as thick as my thumb! Amazing! I have heavy clay soil enriched with mushroom compost and shredded leaves. Because of their massive size, I was able to sneak a few small sample asparagus meals this year already, and the flavor was divine.

I've been thrilled with everything I've received from Nourse so far. The quality and health of their plants will make you happy. I think I it's safe to say that you can buy anything they carry with confidence!

Truly one of the best mail order experiences EVER in my 30+ years of gardening and buying bare-root plants.
Positive apikoros
Albuquerque, NM
(2 reviews)
May 18, 2014
Excellent stock, excellent information, excellent service. Can't be beat.
Positive bryana
Albany, NY
(70 reviews)
May 17, 2014
Posted on April 16, 2011, updated May 17, 2014
Ordered 15 raspberry plants - two sets of summer bearing and one autumn bearing and two blueberry bushes. I had to dig extra wide wholes to plant the raspberry because the roots were so large. Good think canes. The blueberries had large roots and good sized tops too. Best place for berry bushes.
On May 17th, 2014, bryana added the following:

I ordered 5 bare root black raspberries and 5 tissue culture black raspberries - all are growing well and the bare roots have already shot up green stalks.
Positive snikpay
Crystal, MN
(2 reviews)
May 14, 2014
Ordered 500 strawberries. Loved the experience.

Just a fantastic company with great ordering and shipping system plus good prices. A+

Shahram Nikpay
Positive coriaceous
(18 reviews)
May 13, 2014
Great plants, larger than I expected. Excellent service, fast delivery, reasonable prices. The website is full of useful and accurate information, with good plant descriptions. I especially appreciate that the raspberries have been virus indexed.
Positive Trinacria
Stony Brook, NY
(5 reviews)
May 4, 2014
A few weeks ago I ordered from Nourse for the first time - 2 orders of strawberries, 25 plants each of varieties "Earliglow" and "L'Amour." I was initially a bit disappointed that shipping would take a week since I was being impatient, but I had heard good things about Nourse, and so far I'm convinced. The prices were very reasonable and the selection was great. I received the plants the same day an earlier email had estimated they'd arrive. The strawberries were packed significantly better than plants I've received from other nurseries, being shrouded by wet shredded paper, and even with my being unable to plant for a couple days, the roots stayed moist. Having been in the ground for some time now they've healthily emerged from dormancy and appear to be vigorous as promised. Will order again from Nourse for sure.
Fairfield, AL
(6 reviews)
April 29, 2014
My 1st order of strawberries are doing well. So well that I ordered again but twice as many! Everyone I have spoke with at the company is extremely knowledgeable and nice. My order was processed correctly and quickly. Three days later I was planting strawberries! The shipment included detailed information on how to correctly plant for success. However, the information was emailed to me when the order was processed. That way I had time to throughly read and understand the media and have my bed ready for planting. Their system works! I will not buy strawberries anywhere else!
Positive dchu
San Francisco, CA
(2 reviews)
April 15, 2014
Posted on March 1, 2014, updated April 15, 2014
WOW!!! I am thrilled with my order from Nourse Farms. I ordered a bundle of 5 'Jaclyn' raspberries, 5 'Taylor' raspberries, and 25 'Mara des Bois' strawberries. The plants had the most robust bareroot systems I've ever seen. In fact (and I know this is a big no-no) I had to trim back the roots on the raspberries because I just wasn't prepared to dig a >2ft deep trench for them. The strawberries started to push out new growth the day after planting, and are already starting to flower. The raspberries are just breaking dormancy and all are looking good. I would definitely order again.
On April 15th, 2014, dchu added the following:

oh! Glad to know. Actually, I heeled in the last few in a shallow horizontal trench because I'd gotten tired of digging. I guess those are the correctly planted ones! They all sprouted, regardless.
Company representative comment on March 24, 2014:
On Mar 24, 2014 9:37 AM, Nourse Farms Inc. responded with:

We appreciate all of our customers and their great reviews! I just want to gently remind everyone that raspberry roots are planted horitontally in a shallow trench, not vertically.
Nate Nourse

Positive berry1995
(4 reviews)
February 21, 2014
This is the BEST berry plant company I have dealt with. Their strawberries come packed well and have very good root system. I recommend this company to anyone growing strawberries. A++
Positive HankerB
Jordan, MN
(4 reviews)
July 19, 2013
We got some raspberry "thinings" from a friend who recommended Nourse Farms. We can't recommend them enough. We will be ordering more - we have 10 acre hobby farm to fill.
Positive littlebunnyfufu
South Sumter, SC
(5 reviews)
June 14, 2013
I purchased eight varieties of strawberries (400 plants) from Nourse Farm. The order was processed very quickly, and the strawberries arrived on my doorstep in under a week. These were the best strawberry plants I've purchased from anywhere. They were large, well-hydrated, and vigorous. Very few of the plants failed to survive planting. The vast majority had several leaves and started blooming within a week of planting. I will definitely be ordering more from Nourse Farm next year to try other varieties of strawberries.
Positive rugbycrumpet
Sharon, MA (Zone 6a)
(7 reviews)
May 25, 2013
Purchased 75 strawberry plants. All were healthy and are flowering in my garden now. The package came with great instructions on how to plant and care for them. Excellent company.
Positive Moltolive
Santa Clarita, CA
(2 reviews)
May 13, 2013
Wonderful customer service beat my expectations. I ordered two strawberry varieties and one raspberry. They all arrived promptly, based exactly on the delivery time I chose, were packed well and very healthy, and had the longest, largest roots I have ever EVER seen by mail order or even from local suppliers. I actually showed them off to fellow gardeners in my neighborhood.

One of the strawberry varieties did not do so well (the other as well as the raspberries are excellent and huge). I contacted Nourse to ask if the cultivar had a special requirements to thrive since I was attempting to troubleshoot what went wrong. To my extreme surprise, my care question was answered quickly AND I was informed they were shipping me out another batch since they guarantee their plants. I was amazed... I never asked for that nor expected it... they just do it. Not only that, but the plants went out in their next shipment via fedex.

I can not begin to express how satisfied I am with the superb quality, timing, exceptional customer service, and really good prices Nourse Farms has. I will always order from them forever now. I can't recommend any company more highly than Nourse.
Positive jjr149
Shiloh, PA
(5 reviews)
April 19, 2013
Very happy costumer. The roots on the Jewel Raspberry plants could have doubled as a mopping utensil. All plants shipped well with wet roots in plastic bag with shredded newspaper. Large buds already present on Jewel raspberries. Prelude raspberry plants have thick stocks with nice long roots. Reka bluberry plant very healthy but a little bit smaller than expected. Packet of AgriGel shipped for free (this is a neat product). Nourse has the best set of reference materials out there. I am extremely confident I will have success in growing my own berries. Thank you Nourse, keep up the great work!
Positive johnsvmf
Morgantown, WV (Zone 6a)
(8 reviews)
April 7, 2013

Communication = Excellent, Scheduled delivery, notified when plants were shipped, web site provides excellent planting information, Nourse sent a how to plant and care for pamphlet.

Quality of Plants = Excellent
100 Chester Blackberries each with roots over a foot long and buds
7 Goosberries=Excellent
6 Currant=Excellent
6 Elderberry=Excellent
6 Rhubarb (Roots are dried out but I think they're viable)
10 Horseradish=Excellent

Value = Nourse Farms is the real deal. The plants are a great what you get.
Positive AS
(Zone 7a)
(46 reviews)
March 22, 2013
Outstanding plants and service - by far, the best source of small fruiting plants I've found. I have ordered cane berries from several sources over the years, but I have never received plants like these before. Every one of them had an impressive root system, with lots of feeder roots. Some of those roots were so long I had to re-dig my holes to accommodate them.
Positive w08833
Lebanon, NJ
(5 reviews)
August 9, 2012
what can I say? Nourse is great.

this year I ordered Albion strawberries and Autumn Britten and Caroline raspberries. the Albion and Autumn Britten are already bearing. the Caroline is a weed! I need to tuck canes under the trellis every day.
Positive Pepper88
Granite Falls, MN
(7 reviews)
June 27, 2012
I placed a small order of raspberries with Nourse Farms this June before their shipping season ended for the summer. Within 6 days of receiving and planting the bare root plants, several had already leafed out. Within 2 weeks all had leafed out and are growing well. I look forward to ordering from them in the future. Their plants seem really healthy with large root systems.
Positive pollyk
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)
(83 reviews)
June 17, 2012
Posted on June 7, 2011, updated June 17, 2012
Posted on May 18, 2010, updated June 7, 2011
Perfect internet experience.

The ordering process was very easy. I received confirmation immediately. There was an item I forgot to add, and emailed them to ask it be added, and received an email back quickly, and the item was added without problem.

The strawberries and raspberries I received are all large healty plants. In excellent shape.,

Plants were scheduled to ship Fed Ex 5/17, I received an email they had shipped on that date, and received them today 5/18!

Would highly recommend, and definitely will be back (for some asparagus next year).

Polly @ Siberian Iris Gardens
On June 7th, 2011, pollyk added the following:

Just wanted to add to my comment how well the strawberries and raspberries I received from this company are doing.

When I was a kid my father grew Sparkle strawberries. Dad always said they were the very best tasting. I know they're an old, common variety, but they are hard to find around here, even with local growers. Well, my husband tasted his first one today from my order from Nourse, and just raved, and raved about the taste.

All the strawberries have done so well, they are covered with berries, and the raspberries, oh my gosh! Not ripe yet, but just totally heavy with berries.

A big summer thank you to Nourse!
On June 17th, 2012, pollyk added the following:

Wanted to add for 2012. My gosh have the raspberries increased. I hadn't planned on thinning them for a couple of years. I guess I will need to do it soon. They are just covered with berries.

It's going to be a berrylicious year here!
Neutral Pitcom
Avondale, PA (Zone 6b)
(24 reviews)
June 17, 2012
Posted on May 17, 2011, updated June 17, 2012
Well, I do not think i will be posting anything you have not heard from this company before. I ordered 5 Anne, 5 Jaclyn, 5 Autumn Britten and 5 Joan J raspberry plants. Shipping was great. The bare root plants came in plastic bags which were stuffed with wet shredded paper. Out of the plants the Anne were by far the largest. the root balls were HUGE and the main stem of the plant was thicker than a hot dog. The Joan J and Britten varieties had the smallest roots and the thinnest main stems. A sample pack of Agri-gel which was good for 2 gallons of mix, came in the box. I was very impressed with the size of the roots on many of the plants. I also received 2 extra Anne plants in the order. I would order from Nourse again, as long as everything grows well, which I am sure it will.
On June 17th, 2012, Pitcom changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

I was disappointed with the quality of the raspberries i got from Nourse farms this year. I placed a small order for 5 Anne, 5 Caroline and 5 Himbo Top raspberries. After receiving my shipment from Nourse, i was short 1 Himbo Top, they accidentally only sent 4. I called and spoke to a CS rep who was very nice. She agreed to send out the missing cane. When I received the replacement, Nourse had generously sent me 5 new Himbo Top raspberry canes instead of just the one the missed. However, I did not have the room to plant the extra canes Nourse had sent, so i gave then to a friend.

After some time went by, all of the raspberries were producing new growth except for the Himbo Top variety and 1 of the Carolines. I spoke to my friend to see how his canes were doing, and liek mine, none of his grew. I called Nourse, and they asked me to wait for 2 months after planting to make sure the raspberry plants were not alive. By this time, all of the other plants had a minimum of 1 foot of new growth. I called Nourse again to let them know the canes never grew. Instead of the usual excellent customer service, i was instead greeted with a different demeanor. The CS rep stopped just short of accusing me of not telling the truth. She also kept stating that I must have done something wrong or there must be a problem with my soil. After some time on the phone the CS rep offered a refund or replacement plants. I told her that I wanted the plants that i ordered which were the Himbo top. She put me on hold to talk with a manager and they agreed to send out replacements and made sure to tell me that, "this was my last chance", that if they did not grow, then it was my problem.

So i got the replacements. Guess what? 4 of the 5 canes are not growing. Only one has budded along the cut cane they shipped out. There is no new growth coming from any of the roots. The replacement Caroline they sent out is doing great. Obviously there is something wrong with the Himbo Top plants they sent out each time.

You know what Nourse? How about I tell you that, "that was YOUR last chance", to send out healthy living plants. Would that make your company feel good about the relationship it has with it's customers? Perhaps you can see how that would upset one of your customers when one of your representatives says it. Perhaps I should have just taken the refund and moved on. Other than these pesky Himbo Top's, everything else looks fantastic.
Positive balconygardner
New York, NY
(2 reviews)
May 30, 2012
Posted on April 3, 2012, updated May 30, 2012
I ordered the 'Ben Sarek' black currant, 'Hinnomaki Red' gooseberry, and 'Bluegold' blueberry. They arrived in great condition and only took one day to get here. The plants were super healthy and had large root systems. I had to cancel one part of my order, and the customer service was nice and helpful.
I will definitely order from this company again once I get more room to garden!
On May 30th, 2012, balconygardner added the following:

After two months of growing, the plants they sent me look great! I had one problem with the black currant, but they immediately fixed it with another healthy plant. The customer service is great too. I emailed them, and within the hour I had an email back with all of my questions answered.

I also placed a second order with them since I just moved to a new place with a lot more land. I ordered 10 raspberries, two gooseberries, and two currants. I changed the order at least two times, and they were extremely kind about the whole process. They shipped the plants the day I ordered and I received them the following day.
I definitely recommend this company to all other avid gardeners out there.The customer service is wonderful, the shipping is fast, and more importantly the plants are healthy and ready to grow. Give them a try and you won't be disappointed!
Positive crazybanshee
Clear Spring, MD
(5 reviews)
May 10, 2012
New customer here, I decided to order from Nourse after seeing all the positive feedback here. I ordered their strawberry collection, blueberry collection, and 25 asparagus crowns. All I can say is wow! I got email confirmation when I ordered, another one a week before shipment (I had delayed shipment due to a cold snap here) another one when it shipped, and a tracking update but before I even looked at that the boxes were at my door! I planted right away. Within 2 days all but 2 of the 75 strawberry plants had sprouted big leaves. Those 2 earliglow look like they're DOA but overall I can't complain. The asparagus have been shooting up ever since and even though I've never planted them before the instructions Nourse sent along with the plants are clear. Not too much yet from the blueberries but I figured they would take longer to show. After all, it's only been a week since I planted! Will update later on but so far I'm impressed.

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