1051 State Route 56 East,
Circleville, Ohio 43113

Phone: 740-474-2028

Toll Free: 800-378-8934

A Long Time to Love What We Do

Rhoads is local, family-owned since 1958 and filled with fresh hand-picked plants and more. Today you can try our homegrown seasonal produce, local beer and wine, hands-on workshops, events and expert landscape design/build services.

It all began at a farm stand in 1958, where 9-year-old Brent Rhoads was up each morning picking sweet corn he would sell until dusk. And so it goes in a farm family. Brent’s parents, Robert (Bob) and Lurose Rhoads and her father, Bill Friece, operated the open-air market until 1961 when Rhoads Farm Market moved to a 10’ x 15’ building on St. Rt. 56. Robert & Lurose tended the business while Brent attended The Ohio State University and served in the U.S. Army. They sold homegrown vegetables, fruits, local eggs, their own whole hog sausage, Amish meats and cheeses and bedding plants until the early 80s. Hard-working folks sometimes have a hard time retiring. Bob would often be seen driving on the farm long after his official retirement, and Lurose eventually enjoyed traveling and seeing much of the world.

In 1972, Brent and his wife Kathy returned to the farm and realized that to support two families, it was necessary to grow the business. By the mid 70s, the market expanded to a full-service farm market and garden center with the addition of trees, shrubs, mulch, garden supplies and landscaping. A 1978 fire in the main farm market building prompted further expansion and the addition of greenhouses.

In 1981, Rhoads entered the wholesale tree nursery business, known today as Split Rail Nursery. Today, the wholesale nursery produces 75 acres of shade trees, and Rhoads Farms grows 30 acres of fruits and vegetables that are sold at our farm stand, local farmers markets and wholesale.

Brent and Kathy had two children, Carly and Brett, who both worked in the business throughout high school and college. Carly and Jeremy (Neff) graduated from The Ohio State University and began managing the business shortly after. Brett also graduated from The Ohio State University and continued working on the farm with his dad. In 2012, Brent and Kathy divided the business into three companies: Rhoads Garden Center (Carly Rhoads Neff), Rhoads Landscaping (Jeremy Neff) and Rhoads Farms (Brett Rhoads). Brent and Kathy are now enjoying retirement.

Still Growing Today 

Jeremy and Carly have two children, Ava and Brady. Ava works in the garden center in her free time, but her passion is her photography business, Ava Lauren Photography. She is also pursuing a degree in business from Capital University. Brady is an active sophomore with a love for basketball and baseball. Brett has three children, Calyx, Sophia and Lillian who are in 7th grade and are active in sports.

That humble farm stand turned into something special for our family. We’d love to share generations of experience, hard work and our love for growing with you. When you visit, you’ll get growing advice from third- and fourth-generation family members who care about what we grow and how we treat and support you in your yard and garden. Let’s have some fun growing together.