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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — It’s been a rough offseason for Ed and Angela Rebak, owners of Whitetail Organics, but despite a few setbacks the Rebaks will open the greenhouse on May 1.
The Rebaks, who originally opened their greenhouse located just south of Colfax in 2014, were in the process of building a second greenhouse when the snow from this winter caused the structure to collapse.
“The blizzard at the end of February 2019 took our second greenhouse we just built,” Ed Rebak said. “We will be rebuilding it as funds allow us to do so.”
Angela has been hard at work over the last few weeks in order to get her hanging pots finished as well as planting a variety of herbs and vegetables of which included several types of basil and thyme as well as peppers and tomatoes.
Ed and Angela have made sure to be the only greenhouse that offers the largest year round succulent selections, as well as flowers in the spring and vegetables for when they are in season.
The greenhouse is open year round with vegetables and meat sales, but the Rebaks hope that May will be the busy month with the planting of gardens and flowers.
“We always run Mother’s Day weekend specials and offer flowers, vegetable plants and house plants,” Ed said. “We also have a full line of potting soil, fertilizers and much more. Business always drops in June, but we hope to have our greenhouse pretty empty by then, so we can enjoy the summer as well.”
On top of it all, Angela has owned and operated “All About You Salon” in Birchwood, but after 17 years she decided to close the salon and the couple plans to turn the building into a cabin.
“It was a tough decision to make but driving up there has taken a toll on her and the greenhouse can now be her focus,” Ed stated.
The greenhouse has gotten a fair amount of traffic since opening in 2014, and the couple have chalked it up to word of mouth and having customers stopping in just to see what they offer.
Ed not only helps Angela with the greenhouse side of things, he also owns Whitetail Pro Shop, which is the local bowling pro shop in Colfax, and also owns and operates Value Implement which is a trucking company.
The pro shop offers a wide variety of bowling equipment including bags, balls, braces and hand and ball tape.
He also offers services for bowling balls from drill-to-fit to detoxing (oil removal). At any given time, Whitetail Pro Shop carries 100 balls and accessories and can be found on Facebook under Whitetail Bowling Pro Shop.
“The Pro Shop was established three-and-a-half years ago after I went to school in Kansas at Jayhawk Bowling Supply,” he explained. “I learned the right way to fit a ball and how to layout a drilling for how someone would throw.”
Ed currently owns three trucks that primarily haul Anderson Windows, but in the last year he purchased a couple of refrigerator trucks in order to start hauling fresh and frozen as well as dry products.
“If you need it hauled we can figure it out, we primarily stay in a five state area,” he explained. “I’ve been in the trucking industry for 17 years. I was also in law enforcement on a part-time bases for 16 years before resigning in 2017.”
Ed Rebak will be looking for some summer help for Value Implement as he has several larger contracts coming through and will need the extra hands to haul for the company.
Ed and Angela welcome customers to stop by either the greenhouse or pro shop during their business hours of Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. And on the weekends starting May 8 the shop will be open from 8 a.m. To 2 p.m.
“We transition to bowling season in August but still keep the same hours as well as by appointment,” Ed explained. “We are also open 24/7 for help yourself/on your honor meat, vegetables and egg sales.”
For any questions regarding any of Whitetail Organics, pro shop, or trucking needs feel free to contact the Rebaks at 715-962-3202 or visit the greenhouse located at E7986 770th Ave. just south of Colfax.