Frank’s Produce & Greenhouses
This week I decided to check out Frank’s Produce & Greenhouses. So many of you have told me how much they love shopping there, and I decided to drive over. When I pulled in, the first thing I noticed was WOW; they were packed! After all this up and down weather we have had, it was nice to be around the greenhouse on a sunny day.
I walked first into what is their produce stand and cashier. Then as I walked out the back of that building, I saw their greenhouses all open to the customers. People were so happy loading up what were some very familiar carts!! During our closing auction in 2019, the owners of Frank’s purchased a lot of equipment, including many of our customer carts!! I love seeing them being used!
Each greenhouse had an excellent big sign on the front with their prices, which was such a great idea. All the greenhouses were neat with spacious aisles. One house even had the entire floor filled with beautiful combination pots. They had one greenhouse filled with tropical and two others with hundreds, if not thousands, of vegetable plants. The place was simply bursting with color.
A Chat With Owner, Jake Franze
I found one of the owners, Jake Franze, and he took a few minutes to chat with me and share the history of Frank’s Produce & Greenhouses. Jake told me that the company was started in 1975 by Frank Rhodes Sr. and Frank Rhodes Jr. selling their produce. As with most successful agriculture businesses, they decided to put up greenhouses to grow their own plants. Located at 6686 Old Waterloo Road in Elkridge, MD, this family-owned and operated business used to be all farmland. Jake told me that he and his cousins, Chris Rhodes and Taylor, now own and operate the company.
All around this local business, you can see that many homes now sit on the farms that Frank Rhodes used to farm. I saw a customer with his arms full of annuals walking to his house across the street. It is clear these homeowners have turned into loyal customers. It was such a joy walking through the greenhouses and seeing the plants that soon will be in folks’ gardens. Everyone I talked to was so helpful, and I could tell they enjoyed working there. As with most garden centers, I will suggest that you wear sturdy shoes since, like Behnke’s, there are a lot of gravel pathways.
Family Owned & Operated
Frank’s Produce and Greenhouses open up at the beginning of April and run seven days a week till Christmas Eve. Buying direct from a grower is the best of all worlds. You are getting plants that have not had the stress of being shipped from different places. This is a family owned and operated farm market and nursery that starts planting and growing in January. They plant over 12 thousand hanging baskets, 150 thousand 4 inch annuals, and 5 thousand Market Packs. The family also has farms where they grow much of their produce, and, in the fall, pumpkins!
I hope you get the chance to check Franks Produce & Greenhouses out! Besides all the plants you can get some delicious local produce. I picked up some fresh strawberries that came from Beltsville and made Strawberry Short Cake! YUM!!