LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Litchfield Park in the west valley is home to a property that serves all 50 states and Canada. If you are thinking of Luke Air Force Base, you are wrong, but very, very close.
In the immediate shadow of the Air Force, sits Francis Rose Farm. The 3,000 acre patch of land may look like a humble farm, but it produces roughly 25 percent of rose bushes sold in the United States and Canada.
Tom Leronimo, a farmer at Francis Roses says Arizona produces 75 percent of rose bushes sold in U.S. and Canadian stores. Leronimo says the rose bush market and the bulk of the nation’s produce, or more specifically 6 million rose bushes come from west valley farms every year.
Francis Bushes has been in business for 29 years, and if you are wondering why you’ve never heard of them, there is a reason.
The farm does not sell to individual customers but to nurseries and stores who then sell them to the public.
Next time you are at the store, don’t bother checking a label to see if they are native of Arizona, there isn’t one.
Once the rose bushes are passed on to the nursery’s and stores they receive branding and label based on what store or nursery is selling it.
Just know there is a 75% chance your purchase is benefiting an Arizona company, and those odds are pretty rosey.