In 1958 Circleville, Ohio was the home of an ambitious 9 year old by the name of Brent Rhoads. His family had a small farm, and he decided that he was going to start an open air stand to sell the home grown fruits and vegetables from the farm. His father and mother, Robert and Lurose, along with his grandfather, Bill Friece all pitched in as well. That summer of 1958, Brent was up with the sun, picking corn and making sure that the stand was open by 10:00am. Each evening at dusk, it was closing time. This open air stand became a community fixture, when in 1961 it reached the point where it was time to grow.
A 10′x 15′ building at the corner of Hitler Rd. and St. Rt. 56 was the new site for Rhoads Farm Market. In addition to homegrown fruits and vegetables, the family began to offer their own whole hog sausage along with Amish meats and cheeses. Additionally, they began to offer bedding plants.
Eventually, young Brent went off to college, and then served his country in the military. When he returned to Circleville in 1972 along with his new wife, Kathy, he realized it was time for the market to grow once again. By the mid-70′s, Rhoads had become a full service farm market and garden center. The addition of trees, shrubs, mulch, garden supplies and even landscaping served to make Rhoads Farm Market a place where customers could get just about anything they needed for their gardens or their pantries! In 1981 Rhoads Farm Market diversified and entered the wholesale tree nursery business with what is now known as Split Rail Nursery.
With 150 acres of fruits and vegetables that are sold wholesale as well as retail, and 150 acres of shade trees, evergreens, shrubs and Christmas Trees, Rhoads Farm and Split Rail Nursery are dedicated to providing the highest quality products to our customers. We are a G.A.P. Certified produce grower, and take pride in knowing that our customers come back each year.