US (IL): New Riggston greenhouse to offer hard-to-find herbs with modern twist

A greenhouse that grows herbs and vegetables may be nothing new. But a greenhouse being built by a Scott County resident has a modern twist — one that will let customers use a self-checkout to buy herbs, vegetables and microgreens that are hard to find at most stores.

"I want people to feel like they're shopping in my own greenhouse," Jenny Sauer-Schmidgall said. "I started growing plants three years ago just to do it."

Today, her husband's construction crew is building a greenhouse at 1237 Old Route 36, where Grab ’n’ Grow Greenhouse will have a permanent home. What makes Grab ’n’ Grow unique is that it will be self-serve, allowing people to select herbs, plants or vegetables, scan them and pay at the checkout using a provided tablet, or pay with cash and then take them home to start their own growing.

"I have made it where I don't have to be there," Sauer-Schmidgall said, adding that she also farms full time and, this time of year, her time is dedicated to planting. Among Sauer-Schmidgall's offerings will be borage microgreeens, which have thick and crunchy leaves and taste like cucumbers; tomatillo; pink pompas grass; mini wildflower gardens; English lavender; black-tip wheat; Brussels sprouts; spinach; chives; and pink celery. "I want to grow weird things," Sauer-Schmidgall said, adding that she also will sell carrots, green beans, broccoli and cauliflower, to name a few.

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