Our Local Gardener

Our Local Gardener

Wading through the endless rows of plants and flowers at Weber’s Greenhouses, there are several things that are hard to miss: Franz, his jovial dog and sidekick, Basil, and the feelings of energy and anticipation that pulse through a place brimming with so much new life. Franz Weding has operated Weber’s Greenhouses for roughly four years, though the business was first established in 1931. His mission is simple and sincere: to grow healthy plants from non-GMO seeds, in a safe and natural way, free of harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Weber’s offers a full array of annuals, perennials, flowering plants, many vegetable staples as well as 20 varieties of heirloom vegetables.

Franz works diligently within the community to encourage and support urban agriculture. He wishes to challenge the community to broaden their palettes by growing more heirloom vegetables in their home gardens. To that end, Franz has generously offered his time, enthusiasm and expertise to partner with Slow Food WiSE in growing six regional Ark of Taste vegetable plants that are both delicious and well suited to thrive in our area. The sets of six organic vegetable plants will include:

  • Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry
  • Aunt Ruby’s Green Tomato
  • Amish Paste Tomato
  • Beaver Dam Pepper
  • Sheepnose Pimento Pepper
  • Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce

Order your set now, and pick them up from the Slow Food WiSE booth at the Village Green Street Fair in Wauwatosa on June 1st, 2013.

Be sure to stop into Weber’s to get a friendly hello from Franz and Basil and thank him for his commitment to sustainable agriculture and delicious foods. Weber’s Greenhouses is located on the near north side of Milwaukee, at 4215 N. Green Bay Ave., just north of Capitol Drive. Hours are 9am – 6pm daily. Phone 414-264-6280.

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