Angela Kish of Cedarburg looks over items in the
greenhouse with Tracy Grutza of Colgate Tuesday
afternoon at Monches Farm in the Town of Erin. The
business is scheduled to close this year after nearly 40
John Ehlke/Daily News
TOWN OF ERIN — After being in
business just short of 40 years, the owners of Monches Farm have
announced the business will be closing for good on June 30.
The owners, Scott Sieckman and Matt Kastell, plan to slow down in
life and reduce the number of activities they take part in.
Sieckman said the property, nearly 14 acres, has been sold to a
Mequon couple who plan not to operate the business. He said he was
told the property will become “just a private residence.”
“We’re retiring from our retail location. We will continue Monches
Farm growing plants and creating and maintaining gardens for our
landscape customers only,” Sieckman said.
Monches Farm, located on Monches Road near Holy Hill Road, has been known
for nearly four decades as one of the areas’s top plant nurseries
and gift shops.
“We’re getting old,” said Sieckman, who’s 60. Kastell is 56. “We
want to have some time for ourselves and then we were approached
with this unsolicited offer. That helped us decide it was time to
sell the property, but not the business.”
Sieckman said there were many factors involved in the decision to
sell, including the amount of physical labor needed to do the job.
“A lot of our crew are getting old and will be retiring soon and
we’re at a point in our life where we don’t want to start out with
new people and trying to train them, our greenhouses need a lot of
work and we’d have to put a lot of money into the place to make it
more efficient. We just decided it was easier to just sell,”
Selling the property and closing the retail business, Sieckman said,
is bittersweet because they have “incredible customers and we met a
lot of wonderful people and we have such great employees.”
A chicken crosses the
parking lot Tuesday afternoon at Monches Farm in the
Town of Erin.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Sieckman said he and
Kastell rent out their property at a different location
for wedding or events, which they plan to still do after
Monches Farms closes.
“We are also talking to the Town of Saukville to see if
we can have an open house there,” Sieckman said.
Sieckman the field has changed a great deal in the
nearly 40 years he and his partner have operated the
“The whole nursery industry has changed so much. There’s
so much more competition, there’s the big box stores,
and the internet has also changed the shopping
experience,” Sieckman said. “Years ago, concerning
plants, there were people that just collected hostas, or
whatever and they would buy everyone they could get and
now a lot of young people have landscapers and they
don’t have that interest like antiques. Antiques aren’t
as popular any more too.”