A short drive to Fahr Greenhouse in Wildwood down Missouri Route 100 and off Highway T/St. Alban's Road is like taking a mini-trip among some exotic hilly, wooded terrain. And the new benefit to this scenic trek, as of this week, is that locally grown pumpkins, gourds and florals are available there.
Pat Bellrose, owner of Fahr Greenhouse, said this summer's drought stressed all plants, prompting local producers to leave pumpkins on the vine as long as they can. "We'll have local pumpkins, but they won't all be as big as they normally would be, he said this weekend.
Bellrose said pumpkin selection will increase with each week this month. Every other day or so, he collects more from area growers.
Fahr Greenhouse also offers corn stalks, straw bales, pansies, ornamental peppers, kale, straw flowers, Indian corn, rose bushes, grasses, patio pots, outdoor sculptures, mulch—and monster mums.
For those who are switching out autumn for summer plants, Fahr Greenhouse also has a recycling bin for plant pots. They coordinate with the Missouri Botanical Garden's recycling program.
Dorothy and Leonard Fahr established Fahr Greenhouse in 1950. The business is still operated by family members: Patrick and Mary Bellrose and Larry Fahr. They have 75,000 square feet of greenhouses, and about 3 acres of outdoor production.