Popular Warren County farm forced to close - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Popular Warren County farm forced to close

Butch Schappacher and his family posted a farewell message to customers on the farm's Facebook page. (Provided by Schappacher Farms Facebook page) Butch Schappacher and his family posted a farewell message to customers on the farm's Facebook page. (Provided by Schappacher Farms Facebook page)
Fresh produce like cucumbers, green beans and red potatoes along with homemade jams were sold at Schappacher Farms' farmers market. (Provided by Schappacher Farms Facebook page) Fresh produce like cucumbers, green beans and red potatoes along with homemade jams were sold at Schappacher Farms' farmers market. (Provided by Schappacher Farms Facebook page)
Toddlers and 2,000 schoolchildren toured Schappacher Farms annually. (Provided by Schappacher Farms Facebook page) Toddlers and 2,000 schoolchildren toured Schappacher Farms annually. (Provided by Schappacher Farms Facebook page)
MASON, OH (FOX19) -

A popular Warren County farm that hosted 2,000 students annually over the past 30 years on tours of its pumpkin patches, corn fields and petting animals was forced to close, operators announced this week.

"On behalf of Butch, Sherry, Ashley and A.J. we would like to let all of our loving customers and long time supporters know that our family has been asked to vacate the Schappacher Farm property," reads the latest posting on Schappacher Farms' Facebook page.

"Grandpa Schappacher (Al) passed away over a year ago and as you all know Al & Minerva are owners of the property. We are so incredibly saddened to be leaving and it breaks our hearts to go thru this."

Reached Wednesday, Butch Schappacher said he can't elaborate much beyond what was posted on social media.

"There's nothing I can really do to change it and I really can't say a whole lot about it," he said. "It's very hard. It's very hard for me because this is not what the plans were through the years. (But) everybody is thrown curveballs and you have to move on. It came on very suddenly, and that's where we are."

Closing the farm, located off U.S. 42, is not what Butch Schappacher's father wanted, according to the Facebook posting.

"As you all know Butch is one of the hardest working men you will ever meet and he learned his work ethic from his dad. We wish that grandpa was still here so that the farm could continue on as that is what he wanted," the posting reads. "Butch saw the farm not only as a place of work but a home for his family and for all of yours as well! He will always be fondly known from hundreds of school teachers and thousands of students as "Farmer Butch". He is an amazing farmer and an amazing person inside and out who loved his customers, cared about his products and would do anything for anyone.

"We have spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to break the news that there will no longer be a farm market for summer produce, pumpkins, turkeys, beef and visitors welcome to the farm on 42. If anyone has any further questions feel free to shoot us a personal message on this page.

"We have been blessed beyond belief with the opportunity to be on the farm for the past 30 years and we know that God has a bigger plan for our family. We cannot thank the 50-plus family and friends enough, who have spent hours helping us move from the farm and for all of their love and support over the past several months as well as all the years they helped on the farm.

We really cannot thank all of you enough for the thousands of memories your families have given to ours and your love and support of the farm business and our family! Please continue to share our facebook page and website with others so that you may continue to receive updates on our future plans and location as we would love to see you all as customers and friends at a future location!"

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