Riehm Produce Farm
From the Beginning…
Riehm Farms has a five generation family legacy. John’s father George, and his father Leonard made the decision in the mid 1950’s to grow the first vegetables on the farm. In the early 1960’s cucumbers were harvested for processing and hired migrant labor was used.
In 1965, George expanded the family farm operation to include a half-acre patch of strawberries, but he sadly passed away before the spring harvest. George’s wife Anna, and their children harvested the berries and continued to grow strawberries until 1968.
What Happened In-Between…
A deep heritage was preserved by renting the farm to relatives until Anna’s children grew and were able to take over. The second son, John took over the farm in 1978, where he began growing tomatoes and experimented with other vegetable crops. The farm also grows soybeans, corn and hay for the livestock raised by the family. The roadside stand got it’s start in 1985 when a neighbor encouraged the Riehms’ young sons – Phil, Jeremy, and Cliff – to put up a table in the front yard offering tomatoes for sale, to earn boy scout badges.
Although she didn’t think they would sell, John’s wife Diane encouraged her children’s efforts. But the tomatoes DID sell. In fact, they sold so well that the boys added peppers to the table and those sold too. The produce table in the front yard grew and the Riehm’s decided to build a lean-to onto a building in 1991 to house the produce for sale. A 15′ by 15′ tent was eventually erected in front of the lean-to to add more space. During this time we began offering events (such as the Corn Maze with other Barnyard Fun) to allow our visitors to interact with the farm and incorporating more for them to do.
To Present Day…
Since then, the roadside stand has grown to include a wide variety of produce, fresh eggs and cuts of frozen beef and pork from the farm. Amish cheese and baked goods along with their daughter-in-laws crafts complete the roadside stand. A peppermint stripped 30′ x 30′ building was constructed in 2013 for the opening in early May. Five greenhouses have been erected to extend the season from Spring Flowers to the Fall/Winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture weekly vegetable bag) program which includes several pick-up sights in NW Ohio and ends in January.
Be sure and visit us, when you are in our area…maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of our oldest son Phil who returned to the farm for the 2015 growing season. Phil has allowed us to continue growing and developing our CSA opportunities, plus incorporated Chef’s into our customer base, which has lead to our annual Farm to Fork Dinners.
We are Riehm Produce Farm
Has skills learned through many generations of family farming. The experience of delivery to grocery stores, warehouses and restaurants. Farmer John Riehm brings you beautiful and bountiful, food and fun.
Farmer's Wife, Diane
Growing up in a family restaurant and with her health coach experience, farmer’s wife – Diane connects you to the countless farm experiences.
Farmer's Son, Phil
Having 9 years of experience in growing vegetables year-round, Phil returned to the family farm in 2014, adding value to your farm experience.