Risse Greenhouse has been in operation for almost 60 years. The story goes that Lee Risse, unsatisfied with the tomatoes he could buy locally, decided to build a greenhouse and grow his own. Before their first winter in Alaska, he and his new bride, Greta, had built what was to become Greenhouse #1. It was bigger than a small family needed, but Lee assured Greta that they would use the extra space to grow additional plants and tomatoes for sale to offset some of the construction expenses. They sold vegetable and flower starts, tomatoes, and cucumbers to friends and acquaintances the next spring. Greenhouse #2 followed in 1959. Greenhouse #3 in 1962. You get the idea.
Lee and Greta have since passed on, but the business still thrives under the next Risse generation.