Who we are


We use no chemical herbicides or pesticides and only organic fertilizers.


We propogate 99% of our plants right here on our farm in southwest Missouri.


Our staff consists of Barb and Don Emge, and son Matthew.  We don't intend to compete with the big box stores.


We have over 200 varieties of herbs and 60 varieties of scented geraniums.


We exist to share our love of herbs with you.

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Quality Herb Plants for the Local Gardener

Sale on June 26, 2021

We will be open on Saturday, June 26 from 9am-2pm and then from 6pm-8pm when it's cooler. It will be our last day open for now.We'll go back to our open by appointment only as planned. We may have an end of the year sale for the fall planting of perennial herbs.

All basils will be 2 for $5 and Scented Geraniums will be $3 each.We still have a wide selection of culinary, medicinal and hard to find herbs.


We have had questions about whether or not we accept credit or debit cards as payment. At this time,we are not set up for cards since we are such a short season business. We do accept cash or checks.

MAy 17,2021

We are open every Thursday and Friday from 10am-2pm, Saturdays frm 9am-2pm for now and otherwise by appointment .After consulting with my rheumatologist about the new CDC Covid guidelines, because I take immunosuppressants, I ask that if you are not vaccinated yet, to please wear a mask if we cannot socially distance, like at the time of purchase. I will wear a mask at that time. Thanks for being understanding about this request.

We have a variety of basils and once it finally dries out, it's warm enough at night to plant them. The Holy basil is still quite small and I'm planting more seeds since the growth picks up once it's warmer. Lavender will not be ready til early June since most of my bigger plants were grown for a Lavender research project at the Botanical Center.Cilantro and Dill are also not ready yet but should be in another week or so.


April 21, 2012

The weather for the Open House this Sunday looks to be perfect. Most of our herbs survived the cold snap
with the use of frost blankets, heater in the shade house, hosing them down at 6am and carrying flats back into the greenhouse not to mention loading my minivan with rosemary and chive plants.My 95 yr old Mom in St. Louis received her first Covid vaccine today rather unexpectedly in her home by EMT's from the fire department.So my first post about not being open for business on May 13 and 14 is back on again since I want to be with her for the second dose which can be pretty rough. I will be back and open on Sat. May 15 and the following Thurs, Fri and Sat in May and June as mentioned already.
We also have 4 young banty roosters and a large red one to give away and 6 week old chicks whose mother laid her eggs 6 feet off the floor and is still sitting on eggs. The chicks still need a heat lamp and look like they have 3 different fathers! This is the fourth and last time in 6 months that I want to foster chicks in the house.



April 17, 2021

Our first Open House this year will be Sunday, April 25 from 11am-4pm. At this time, we will allow browsing but ask that our visitors wear masks while visiting us. We currently accept cash or checks as payment but prefer checks if possible. We are not yet set up  to accept debit cards.

Due to unforeseen issues, many of our plants are not yet ready for sale but should be big enough in several weeks. This includes all basils, most mints and lavender as well as many of the tropicals.We will also be open every Thursday and Friday from 10am-2pm every Thurs and Fri and Saturdays from 9am -2pm til the end of June. all other visits can be scheduled by appt. only.

I thought the exception would be in May 13 and 14 when I thought I'd be in St. Louis with my 95 yr old Mom after her Covid shot but that has since changed so I'll post any changes in hours here and on my Facebook site.


March 5,2021

We've received numerous requests already for plants this year.Seems we've jumped from winter into late spring weather overnight. But every year lately, we revert back into winter type weather in April. We'll probably reopen in late April when plants can safely be left outdoors with no risk of frost. We plan to  have some regular hours with browsing permitted. We will continue to request that our customers wears amsks when visiting here until the CDC has different recommendations.Our selection may be more limited this year due to a variety of factors but I'll try to keep the catalog as updated as possible.Not all items will be ready for sale right away this year. We thank you for your interest and will enjoy visiting again with our customers.


December 21, 2020

Due to Covid 19, we will probably not be selling our herbs at Farmers Marketsor Festivals again next year. We doubt that enough people will be immunized by our main selling season of April-June to make it safe for us to be around large groups of people.  We will continue to sell from home and plan to have some regularly scheduled hours, days to be determined later

.Most of our plants are locally produced on our four-acre farm.Red Barn Herb Farm is a small, family owned business that produces quality herb plants for local gardeners. We are located in Republic, Missouri, fifteen miles west of Springfield. 


Barb Emge's passion for herbs began over 35 years ago when she planted a few seeds outside her kitchen door.  Today her collection includes all of the traditional culinary herbs, as well as many heirloom, ethnic and unusual varieties. She also has the largest variety of scented geraniums in Missouri.