Caneyville Gardens rises out of a hill along Choncie Lee Road like a multi-colored oasis, its flowers, plants and vegetables beckoning shoppers to tarry for a while.
Bryce and Eloise Geiser have operated the greenhouse, garden center and market for eight years. Three of their children are still at home on the farm, helping out.
Eloise Geiser said the family has operated farm markets for 30 years, having lived in Indiana and Wisconsin before moving to Kentucky.
In the past year they’ve expanded their offerings in the market, adding a new refrigerator to expand their selection of cheese, tripled the size of their parking lot, and added paving stones to the items they sell.
The Amish-crafted cheeses from Holmes County, Ohio, join butter and drinks as the cold offerings in the Geisers’ store.
Another change is the homemade baked goods offered on Saturdays. The breads, rolls and other treats are produced in Grayson County by the Etter family.
Eloise Geiser said their operation started small, selling produce at a stand on the property before moving into a mini barn. From there they went into their current store, which has also expanded over the years.
Now they sell fresh produce from their farm as well as neighboring spreads, bulk foods, jams and jellies, non-electric household items and gifts in the store.
Outside are their greenhouse and garden center operations. They are especially known for their hanging baskets, Eloise Geiser said, many of which still decorate the front of the store. In addition to the baskets and paving stones, they offer plants, trees, decorations, and other gardening items.
Their produce market recently still had tomatoes, green beans and corn available, but Eloise Geiser said now is the peak time for melons and squash.
They will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through the end of October, then switch to Saturdays only for the winter, she said.
Caneyville Gardens is at 1142 Choncie Lee Road, four miles northeast of Caneyville: three miles north of the city on Kentucky 79, then one mile east on Choncie Lee Road.