EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Now that it’s time to spruce up the flower beds, Garden State farmers are looking for business.

When you get a group of guys at a garden center, vines with beer ingredients catch the attention more than colorful pansies, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

“They’re hops.  Their growing hops,” one man said.

But Ferris Farms co-owner Dan Rutowski said the pansies, other perennials and herbs growing now are for most any gardener around New Jersey.

They’re ready now, then by next month, “the whole thing blows open and you can plant whatever you seed you like.”

“We want our people to continue to farm because we’re the Garden State.  We can’t get away from it,” Senate President Steve Sweeney said.

Now, Sweeney is trying to bring attention to spring business toward local farms, roadside nurseries and stands with fresh fruit.

“Nothing gets better than that,” he said.