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Rombach Farms Open Despite Outlets Scare

No stormwater drainage ditches expected to bisect popular farmland.

Despite concerns last month over the potential for open drainage ditches cutting through a popular family-owned pumpkin farm in Chesterfield Valley by outlet stores developers, the seasonal farm stand is now open for business.

Rombach Farms maintains its vegetable, fruit and jams stand along Olive Street Road at the far western end of Chesterfield Valley, close to the Boone Bridge crossing over into St. Charles County.

See accompanying photo.

The family farm, which will turn 100 years old in 2013, backs up to 188 acres , for a 55-acre outlet stores shopping center along Highway 40/64.

City officials said would be responsible for working out a stormwater drainage plan—whether it was with Rombach farms owners or someone, something else—and submit the plan to the city.

The city's chief planner said recently there would be no "eminent domain" seizure of property by the city for the development of the outlets.

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Karen Taylor-Rosner May 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Hold your ground, Rombach. Don't let those outlet store developers near your beautiful farm land. You were there first, and the community of Chesterfield supports you and your right to keep your farm land just as it has been for the past 100 years.
Denise Bertacchi May 18, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Maybe we should be more worried about the sky turning purple in Chesterfield Valley? That photo is creepy.
Jean Whitney May 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Denise, please consider it arty at this point? I didn't notice the camera had done that until I left the farm.
Lynn June 10, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Where exactly is the farm stand? I haven't seen it?
John Hoffmann June 10, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Lynn, When you are driving west on Chesterfield Airport Road, after the airport Chesterfield Airport Road curves to the right. At that point there is a gas station on your left. Turn left and you will be on Olive Street Road (honest) and about 1 mile down you will see the Rombach produce stands and parking lots on your right.
Janet Black October 17, 2012 at 08:59 AM
I grew up with the Rombachs and they are a well known Christian family with hearts of gold. You should feel welcomed as a family or group year after year as we have. It is all built with your family in mind. It's a no brainer whether or not to make this farm a yearly tradition. The Ellisville Becker Family.

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