“Growers for the Future!”
Schmidt Bros. Inc. was established as a grain, vegetable and livestock operation in 1937 by Lawrence and Hilda Schmidt. In 1941, Robert and Paul Schmidt continued the business. Today, there are 4 managing partners, 20 full-time employees and 85 seasonal employees.
Currently, there are 14+ acres of greenhouses, which are part of a 700 acre farm. The first greenhouse was built in 1951 and was used to grow transplants for the outdoor vegetable operation. In 1961, we started growing bedding plants. Today, we wholesale bedding plants, hanging baskets, patio planters, mums, fall pansies and poinsettias. To see how our operation has grown over the years, click here for an aerial view.
Our customers are independent garden centers, farm markets and wholesale growers. We offer a wide variety of plant material in unique packaging to enable our customers to be successful in today’s highly competitive market.
In 2005, we launched a new brand of herbs and veggies called Homegrown Gourmet™. This fast-growing line of herbs and veggies includes over 130 varieties of delicious, easy-to-grow edibles, including several heirloom varieties and All-America Selections winners. In 2013, we added some larger (6″) decorative pots of herbs and 12″ herb combinations in decorative pots that we call Savory Ensembles. Both of these herb pots can be stored on the kitchen windowsill for easy access while working on your favorite recipes. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use these herbs — our website includes several recipes using our Homegrown Gourmet™ herbs and vegetables. Click this link (Homegrown Gourmet™ website) to find growing information, a store locator guide, recipes, and more!
In 2014, we introduced our own brand of premium annuals called Homegrown Gardener™. These premium annuals are comparable to other quality brands. They are grown in our custom graphic quart-sized pots and have custom tags specific to each variety. Although these annuals are the best genetics available, they are value-priced to sell quickly! This year, we are adding several more varieties as well as a gallon-size graphic pot. Click here to visit the Homegrown Gardener™ website.
We are also a Gold Key Grower for the popular Proven Winners® brand of flowers. We grow these plants in 4.5″ grande pots, gallon pots and hanging baskets.
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Our facility is located in Swanton, OH (the northwest corner of the state) and we deliver to an area encompassing a 700-mile radius in truckload quantities. We celebrated 75 years of outstanding customer service and quality products in 2012 (click here to read some of our company history). Call today to find out more information on becoming one of our valued customers!