Gritt's Midway Greenhouse
Family Owned & Operated since 1944
We are a family owned and operated greenhouse and garden center that serves the tri-state area with a large selection of indoor and seasonal outdoor plants as well as hydroponic tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. We are open year-round at our store front location in Midway, WV just outside of the town of Eleanor, WV. We also have an outdoor booth at the Charleston Capitol Market on Smith Street from March-October each year. Our products are sold throughout West Virginia, and parts of Ohio, Kentucky, and some areas of Virginia. For more information about wholesale, click HERE or call our office at 304.586.2449
Gritt's Midway Greenhouse - a very humble beginning
Gritt's Midway Greenhouse has grown from peddling fresh produce around Charleston, WV into a full production greenhouse operation wholesaling plants and produce to 4 states, and a retail garden center.
Tony Gritt, Jr, founder of Gritt's Midway Greenhouse, constructed a small "hot house" in order to start seedlings for his outdoor produce production. This enabled him to harvest earlier than other area farmers.
Neighbors saw the advantage of earlier planting and asked Mr. Gritt to grow vegetable plants for them also. In 1944 his small greenhouse operation was born.
After vegetable plants, the next logical step was flower cultivation. With the addition of bedding plants, the greenhouse area expanded. By the mid 1960's Mr. Gritt's produce peddling days were over. Gritt's Midway Greenhouse had grown to both a retail and wholesale operation.
In the early 1970's, during the interior plant and terrarium craze, Mr. Gritt found another way to expand his growing business. To better serve his customers, Mr. Gritt's son, James, went to Florida to buy foliage plants. Gritt's Midway Greenhouse began the production of terrariums and dish gardens to sell to area florists. This led to the development of the numerous foliage offerings we have available today, including specialty items desired by avid plant collectors.
To further serve the area florists and retail customers, Gritt's Midway Greenhouse began the in-house production of potted blooming plants. Fall garden mums and poinsettias are still grown in our greenhouses today.
In 1993, a decision was made to once again grow and sell produce. A 3/4 acre greenhouse was constructed and production of hydroponic tomatoes began. After demand outpaced our supply capabilities, a modern 1 1/2 acre hydroponic tomato production facility was constructed in 2008. The previous 3/4 acre greenhouse is now used to grow English cucumbers. Growing of hydroponic lettuce and herbs began in 2013. Also in 2013, we received GHP (Good Handling Practices)/GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certification. This voluntary certification indicates that we follow USDA food safety practices, and is audited and renewed annually.
Today, Gritt's Midway Greenhouse has grown from a small wood and glass structure to 7 acres of production greenhouses, 2 1/2 acres of hydroponic vegetable production, and 2 acres of outdoor growing space. Our wholesale and retail sales operations employ approximately 40 people.
We grow over 40,000 poinsettias, 30,000 fall mums, and other seasonal potted plants. Our spring crops consist of annual bedding plants, perennials, hanging baskets, and vegetable plants. Our full-service garden center retails all these items and carries a varied selection of shrubs and trees. The dishgarden production area designs approximately 1,000 dishgardens per week. In addition to the wholesaling of our products in four states, we also supply produce to local schools within the Putnam, Kanawha, and Wayne County school systems.
We strive to provide the highest quality produce and horticultural products. Please give us the opportunity to share three generations of hard work and experience for all of your home & garden needs.