Our Spring 2018 selection of Vegetable
and Herb plants will be even more INSANE than ever!
Want to see why avid gourmet gardeners
have been driving as far as 300 miles to shop our spring selection?
220+ varieties from Super hot to
super sweet, and everything in between, here's the long awaited
And of course, no sauce, salsa,
salad, or big fat burger would be complete without tasty tomatoes.
With 240+ varieties to choose from
this year the 2018 Tomato list here for your perusal. :)
We have added even more heirloom
tomato varieties, more peppers, heirloom Squash, Okra, and Eggplants,
among others, and a whole bunch more herbs, including culinary,
medicinal, and spiritual use varieties, enough to tickle the fancy
of the chef and the herbalist alike. We believe in staying close
to nature and grow our plants here as natuarally as possible.
Our catch phase is "Just say no, to GMO." During the
spring season we'll be posting updates and featured items to our
If you're a "fire eater"
you'll be pleased to know that we added about 20 new million+
scoville varieties to our selection this year from the folks at
Pepperjoe.com where they
take their breeding of super hot peppers seriously. We start the
seeds in January so you can buy plants at Funke's that will have
pods ready by mid to late July in your home garden.
And Yes, we really do grow all of
our vegetable and herb plants here on site, no middle men, no
poisons, no kidding. :)
Come see why vegetable and herb
gardeners are driving as many as 3 hours one way to shop our incredible
Our service, selection, and prices
will delight both the beginner and expert gardener alike.
If you are a truck farm or a community
garden or other commercial or non profit organization we offer
exceptional quality and commercially competetive pricing. We also
have decades of experience meeting the needs of the commercial,
and plant sale fundraiser market. We do request large volume commercial
orders be placed to allow enough time for procurement and sowing
of seed or propagation of cuttings or divisions to meet your requested
In most cases this lead time can
be several months. If interested drop an email to al(at symbol)funkes.com
Have a favorite variety that you'd
like us to carry? Just drop an email to the address in the previous
sentence. We like requests and feed back from our customers. :)
In the past we have posted our tomato
and pepper variety lists here on the website. Data management
is a time consuming job to say the least when scheduling and growing
the over 250 tomato varieties and now over 170 pepper varieties,
not to mention all of the other heirloom vegetable and herb selections
we grow. Long story short, I just don't have the time (or energy)
to translate our crop scheduling data into something intelligeable
for the garden surfer.
In 2015 our email garden newsletter
/ blog moved here on the website. To go
there click HERE.
Some specials and other offers will
still be sent to subscribers as well as annoucements of new postings.
If you'd like to subscribe to our email announcements you can
do so via the link at the bottom of the page.
Just a note to any who may wonder.
I have intentionally left the site in the "homepagey"
feel of the internet of the mid 90's. A simpler time before hacking,
tracking, profiling, spying and obsessive commercialism took over.
In a nutshell, heirloom plants, heirloom website. :) Al
2015 herb plant list We grow
over 100 species of culinary, medicinal, and spirtual use herbs.
Come see why professional Chefs, Herbalists, and Home gardeners
alike count on Funke's as their source for their herb garden starter
We really do take our devotion to
preserving our heritage and the diversity of species quite seriously,
if you really enjoy reconnecting with nature through gardening
we think you'll find Funke's a refreshing change from the "same,
same, stuff, stuff" garden stores out there. :)
Here's a bunch of other fun garden
stuff to poke through on our site. :)
The Liberty for dummies page is a simple
refresher for all of us Americans that have forgotten what "liberty"
is really all about.
It's cute, has great music, and even
a kid can understand it. Some adults may be another story. :)
It's well worth the watch. I hope you find it as refreshing/entertaining/enlightening
as I. My highest compliments to the artist that constructed it.
The site is evolving. Rather than take
it down for "maintainance" the way many do I decided
to leave the old links below in place while I get them placed
in the new sections of the newly added site links above. Al
Help the little guys save the
fees! Use cash!
Want to do something to help the little
guys keep their prices down for you the customer? STOP USING THE
PLASTIC & START USING CASH. Credit cards do nothing but suck
BILLIONS of $ away from the working class & small businesses
every year. Who pays for the skymiles and rewards? Your merchant,
that's who. Those rewards are taken electronically out of the
merchant's portion of the sale when the card is scanned. Also
cash can't be hacked by skimmers and data mining apps. It's far
more likely these days to be robbed blind electronically than
it is to ever be held up for your cash. Yes my friend, cash is
actually safer to carry than plastic.
God grant us the sereneity to accept
the things we cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things
we can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.
Serving the greater Cincinnati
Garden Market for four generations since 1896
We were at one time, perhaps the single
most comprehensive selection of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs
and garden accessories in the region including tuned windchimes,
garden furniture, tools, fertilzers and water gardening supplies.
The unwillingness of garden consumers to buy plants in any significant
numbers in anything less than perfect weather, and then only willing
to pay what they did ten years ago while costs of operation skyrockted
forced us to shift focus towards the self sufficient organic method
food production of our past.
Our primary mission is now to provide
the plants, materials, and knowledge necessary for our customers
to take control of their own food supply.
"Teach a person to fish and they're
fed for life, teach them to garden and they can feed the whole
neighborhood!" Al Funke 2009
We look forward to a sustainable future
of healthy and bountiful harvests.
Located at 4798 Gray Rd. Cincinnati
Browse through our extensive site through
any of the above areas. We hope you have as much fun here as we
have putting it here for you!
We pride ourselves on customer service
and do our level best to be as "user friendly" as possible!
Feel free to send us any comments or
suggestions via the email link below.
Gardening questions are welcome :)
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