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:

Reflection ----
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, Wiskonsin Territory,
Dec. 4, 1842

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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 Greenhouse.



A great big THANK YOU to all Papa Steinke's customers!