BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — Business is budding at Monnin’s Fruit Farm after last year’s construction stunted business growth.
“Comparing business from last year to this year has been like comparing night and day,” admitted owner Glenn Monnin.
In 2014, road construction on I-70 above Frederick Pike closed the road and forced customers to use detours to get to the farm. This year, the open road and bushes ripe with berries are bringing back regulars like Kent Venter.
“It certainly is a lot easier to get here this year than it was last year, and I’m sure that helps their business too,” said Venter.
Venter has visited the farm for more than a decade now. On Tuesday, he was shopping for fresh cabbage and raspberries.
“I’m not going to pick them. I’m too lazy,” laughed Venter. “We just bought a couple of course to take with us.
While he wasn’t game for picking his own berries, Melissa Williams and her two daughters were ready to get their hands dirty. They made the journey to the farm fields from Dayton.
“I brought my girls to come and pick the last of the strawberries so we could have a family tradition of strawberry pie,” said Williams. “It’s so easy to just go to the grocery store and pick up whatever they have, and I think most people don’t realize how wonderful fruit is right from the field.”
Monnin Fruit Farm said last year’s road work and lack of peach crop set them back, and they barely broke even. This year, business has already doubled, and they are ready to welcome in new customers.
“We’re looking forward to a great apple crop, looking forward to a great peach crop this year. I know that everybody loves those peaches so we’ll have plenty for everybody this year,” said Monnin.