US (MN): Grab 'N' Grow Greenhouse ready to bloom

A new greenhouse in Scott County will provide consumers with a wide variety of plants – including herbs, vegetables, and fresh cut flowers – and the convenience of self-checkout. The unique venture fittingly named Grab ‘N’ Grow Greenhouse is the brainchild of Jenny Sauer-Schmidgall, who farms with her father, Hunter Sauer, near Riggston.

“It all started with an idea I had about three years ago,” Sauer-Schmidgall said while preparing the greenhouse for its grand opening set for April 30. “I’d been selling plants locally. But, the problem with that is I’d have to stop what I was doing during the (farming) season. That’s pretty important,” she noted. “I wanted to find a way to stay in touch with the same (customers) and reach new people without having to be there. This is for people to shop in my own, personal greenhouse.”

That’s where Mark Schmidgall, Jenny’s husband, comes in. Schmidgall, who owns a construction company and had already built one 8x10 greenhouse from a kit, was tasked with building a 12x24 greenhouse from scratch.

“We didn’t have blueprints. We utilized a lot of old barn wood we had stored here,” Sauer-Schmidgall said. “It’s a good thing he does this for a living. He figured out how to make this. It turned out very well.”


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