John Steinke is the
"Papa". His parents, Robert Steinke and his
wife June (Sprague) and their ancestors have farmed Waukesha
County since the county's onset. Hogs, dairy, sheep, grain
crops, are all part of the farming heritage.
Early Wisconsin History:
Frederic A. Sprague - In a letter to his brother Peter,
commenting about his farm.
The prairie on which I live is a
complete flower garden every week and almost every day
from the first of March to the first of October. There
is a new kind of flower coming forth; sometimes the
prairie is beautiful blue, sometimes pink, sometimes
yellow and sometimes white with flowers almost all of
which are new to me.
Eagle, Milwaukee County,
Dec. 4, 1842
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to see full size images of prairie
The greenhouse was
added to the farming enterprise in 1994. A fellow farmer
named Jim Swan and his wife Audrey, were retiring from
the greenhouse/garden market business. Jim was convinced
that the business would be a good fit for John. After
repeated conversations about taking over the greenhouse
business, Jim offered to help with the first season and
that sealed the deal. That was the beginning of Papa Steinke's
SEASON # 23
A great big THANK
YOU to all Papa Steinke's customers!