In The Greenhouses
THIES FARM BY THE NUMBERS…
Here at Thies Farm we grow 90% of our plants from seedling to sales-size. This means we are able to control quality from day one and it provides us the opportunity to carry more varities than you can find elsewhere. We also carry a full line of tropicals, shrubs and trees for our customers needs.
6,000 perennials are growing in the greenhouses at any given time. They include:
|15 varieties of Hostas
7 varieties ornamental grasses
7 varieties of Iris
10 varieties of Lilies
4 Hardy Geraniums
53 varieties of Roses
35 varieties of Mums
As well as eggplant, cucumber, strawberry, cauliflower, broccoli,celery, lettuce etc…
During the Spring season our North Hanley location boasts 12 regular greenhouses + 5 portables which are taken down every year. Maryland Heights location adds an additional 3 permanent greenhouses. The greenhouse space is utilized more than one time during the season. There is a constant rotation of plantings working their way through these busy houses.
Not only do we grow our own greenhouse stock but also sow the seeds for all of our field tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, squash, zucchini, and much more. We plant and harvest on a constant basis so that our markets are full of produce from early summer through December.
When the portable greenhouses come down that area is immediately covered in black plastic and used to display hundreds of mums-usually around late August. When September rolls around the space is again cleared, but this time in prep for PUMPKINLAND. Once October is over and the last bale of straw has been hauled away Christmas trees are already pushing their way in.
HONEY, JAMS, JELLIES & MORE
There is often a lull between flower season and when produce harvesting really kicks in. There is actually so much to be found at the farm during this time too. The first thing that comes to peoples minds when they hear Thies Farm is the taste of homegrown. We don’t blame you! Is there anything in the world better than taking a huge bite of a juicy, vine-ripened tomato or an ear of corn just plucked off the stock? How about trying one of our great preserves, salad dressings, salsas or relishes. Did you know that we carry over 30 “berry” based items? Everything from the basics, like good ole’ strawberry preserves (and ours are yummy) to something a little bit out of the ordinary, like say Bumbleberry Jam. Yes, we said Bumbleberry.If you haven't tried it, venture on in.
We also carry Larry Hensley’s fine Missouri Honey in a wide variety of sizes. Larry is our beekeeper who maintains all hives at both farms. You may have also noticed Larry’s observation hives that are for display in the markets during summer and fall. You can't get much more local than that! As you may already know local honey is great for allergy sufferers.
Since we’ve already got you thinking outside the grocery store box why not try something different on your sandwich too!? Maybe some Coopers Mill Hot Pepper Butter for a change? Or possibly some fig preserves? Like a Newton but without the cookie? Apple Butter is our most popular item in this category but who would have guessed our 2nd best seller - McCutcheons Pickled Beet Balls. They were introduced at one of our Sample Fests and they have flown off the shelves ever since.
~Most of these items are available mid-may thru December~