About Us

Benedict’s Home & Garden is a family owned business that has been serving Monroe and the surrounding area for more than 50 years. Started by Ralph Benedict as a feed and grain store run out of the family home, it has become a full lawn and garden, farm and pet center run by Ralph’s grandson Bruce Benedict.

Some History

Ralph Benedict

Ralph Benedict (Right) and Sam Partridge

William Benedict

Bruce's Father, William Benedict

Our Role

Benedict's is not just a feed store, but a place to come and learn. Throughout the year, Benedict's prides itself in hosting free seminars to educate customers and its employees on topics such as Wild Bird, Poultry, Fertilizers, and more. We are also a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA).

NOFA Conference

Benedict's Stand at CT NOFA Conference 2017

Chicken Whisperer

Bruce Benedict (right) standing next to the Chicken Whisperer, a well known author and National Spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Bio-Security for Birds Program.

Merna Bingham Benedict Goett

Merna Benedict Goett, 88, of Monroe, died peacefully at home on February 28 surrounded by her loving family. Merna grew up in Hudson, Ohio and later attended The Ohio State University, where she earned her degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and met her husband, William Benedict. After Bill received his doctorate, Merna and family moved back to Stepney, CT to Bill’s family farmstead and business. Throughout the 1960s Merna kept extremely busy raising her four children (Becky, Bruce, Mark, and Jane), freezing and canning the bounty of fruits and vegetables and meat from the family farm, extending the family budget through sales of chicken eggs (delivered!) and working part-time at the local pharmacy. After an extended illness, Bill passed away in 1973. While working hard to successfully preserve the family business after Bill’s death, Merna met and later married John E. (Jack) Goett. Merna was very involved with the expansion of what is now Benedict’s Home & Garden over the years as her family grew with the marriages of her children, births of 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Merna loved her family dearly and was devoted to them all. She was heartbroken in the last year of her life at the loss of her youngest child, Jane, to cancer. Merna was a very generous and kind person and will be missed dearly.

Merna Benedict with her husband, William Benedict,
in front of the original store
"Eastern States Farmer's Exchange" - 1958.

Merna Benedict with Saint Bernard Dog "Oliver"
going to work at the pharmacy - 1969.

Merna with her husband, William Benedict - 1973.

Merna Benedict Goett with John Hammond
(store manager) inside the new store - 1980.

Merna Goett (left) in front of the current store - 2010.

Merna Goett (right) with her children,
Jane Flader (left) and Bruce Benedict (center).

Merna Goett with her son, Bruce Benedict.

Merna Goett with her children.
Left to right: Jane Flader, Becky Bottomley, Merna Goett, Mark Benedict, Bruce Benedict.

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