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Opening day is March 12, 2018!

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

As the season goes on our hours will get later into the day.

We have been busy at the greenhouse getting everything ready. From seeds, to hanging baskets, to cold weather vegetables. So that when you’re ready to get started gardening we’ll have it ready for you!

Other Important dates for March
Daylight Savings Time Begins – March 11
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
Palm Sunday – March 25
Good Friday – March 30

We will be opening the Monday after the time change. Our daylight will be longer into the evening and hopefully it will be getting warmer. Many of us are getting anxious to get out and do some yardwork. Don’t forget we carry many items that can help you get that work done. Fertilizers, insect control, and mulch. It’s that time of year, if you’re signed up with any seed or garden companies, you’ve probably been receiving seed and plant catalogs in the mail, and maybe you’ve even ordered something. Those catalogs get us all dreaming about what we want our yards and flower beds to look like. They give us an idea on what might be coming out that’s new and then get us all excited about what we want to plant. We’ve probably received some of those same catalogs the only difference is we got ours back in July and August. Our seeds are new every year. We offer bulk and pre-packaged seeds. Our plant plugs have been ordered for quite a while now and we are already receiving and planting them now.

We strive to offer our customers high quality plant material that will last them throughout the season. Our entire specialty plants they we put in 4 ½ pots, containers, and hanging baskets come from Ball, Goldfish, Proven Winner, and Syngenta. Much of our knowledge has been self- taught, but we keep up to date with the plant industry through reading news articles about the trade. Anytime customers have questions we try to answer the best we can. If we can’t, we have been known to look the answers up and get back in contact with them. We want our customers to have fun and succeed whether this is as a hobby or if the vegetable garden is a necessity.

Since New Year’s Day the greenhouses have been cleaned. All the dirt and debris left over from last year, gone. All the walls, tables, and floors have been scrubbed down. The heaters were lit up in January and hanging baskets have been planted. Most of these plants are cut once when planted and will receive another pruning before they are hung up. Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower looks like bean sprouts right now but will be ready for sale at the appropriate time. All of our vegetable plants are grown from seed by us at the greenhouse. The perennials we sell come from a grower in northern Columbus, OH. We double crop most bedding plants in the attempt to have a nice looking crop throughout the spring season. They say variety is the spice of life, so we try to provide this in flower and vegetable plants. Just like so many years ago when Steve tried to come up with new and different plants for our customers, we still try to search out unusual items. We’ll be trying out a few new items this year.

So check us out, you never know what we’re going to have.

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Family owned & operated by John B. Thomas from 1964 until 1980, Steve & Maureen Thomas from 1981 to the present, and then Joe Thomas joined us in 2010.

John B. Thomas started selling plants at Farmer’s Market in 1968. His aim was to supply his usual customers with vegetable seeds, vegetable plants, and annual bedding flowers. At that time vegetable gardening was still a big source of produce for families. When he started he had limited space so he just lined the flats along the side of the store and on tables at the front of the store. Seeds, onions, and potatoes were sold inside the carry out. In the beginning he dealt with Hahn’s Greenhouse in Columbus on High Street to supply the plants.

About the mid 70’s John started getting plants from Wards Greenhouse in Hillsboro, OH. At one time John sold nursery stock for a while. This was something Steve vowed he would never do, too time consuming and a lot of maintenance. As the years went by Farmers Market was becoming known for its plants. We were very fortunate that John had found good growers to deal with. John started going to another greenhouse in Columbus to keep stocked.

In the spring of 1984 Steve had the pole barn built to house more of the plants in the spring and to be used as our sales building. By this time Steve was making daily trips, 6 days a week, to Columbus and Hillsboro to keep us stocked with plants. It was also about this time that Steve started bringing back new and different varieties of bedding plants and hanging baskets. It got so from year to year that many customers would come in just to see what Steve had come up with that was different.

By the early 90’s, Maureen joined in the business working in the sales building. This enabled Steve to just concentrate on stocking. Steve got to where he was making 2 trips a day to three different greenhouses in Columbus, by this time Wards in Hillsboro had closed down. In the mid 90’s a covered outside area was added at the back of the pole barn. We were able to put cool weather plants outside making more room for other bedding plants in the pole barn.

In the end of spring in 2007, we learned that we would be losing two of our suppliers at the end of the season. After much thought we decided that if we were going to continue selling plants every year, we would need to do the growing ourselves. We hoped that all the years of Steve’s experience and knowledge gleaned from the various greenhouses through the years would be valuable assets. So we took a deep breath and jumped in feet first. By January of 2009 a 10,000 sq. ft. greenhouse had been built (small in size compared to many) and a new sales area was added.

The retail area has enabled us to have all the bulk seed, potatoes, onions, and gardening items all in one space. In addition we were able to add gardening tools, fertilizers, and pots to this area. The pole barn is still used but as a storage area, growing the ferns (they love the environment), incubating, growing, and planting plugs once the greenhouse is full.

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