|In 2009 we celebrated
our 20th year of selling pumpkins from our farm.
Hi there! We are Dave and Helen Huitink and we own and operate
PUMPKINLAND. We are a family farm, now in the third generation. Dave's
grandfather, Gerrit Huitink, bought our 160 acre farm in 1911. It's
been in the family ever since. Dave's father, Clarence Huitink, was
born in the house where we still live. We raise corn and soybeans and
have been selling pumpkins and fall produce from our farm since 1989.
PUMPKINLAND How it All Began
|It seems like we have been
growing pumpkins forever. When our children were growing up, Dave
always enjoyed growing a few pumpkin plants in our garden, especially
the very large variety. In 1988, when our children, Sherry, Kelly, and
Darren were still in high school and middle school, we had harvested a
few pumpkins out of our garden and set up a corn shock with the
pumpkins by the edge of the garden. We had people stopping to ask if
those pumpkins were for sale. Our children came up with the idea that
the next year they would grow and sell pumpkins, and they sold about 70
pumpkins off of our front step.
Over the next several years, Dave and I made the decision to
try to intentionally grow this business, and went from selling produce
off of a hayrack parked in front of our house, to selling out of our
garage. In those early days, we often used the honor system, leaving a
little sign and a lot of trust. What started out as our kid's project
turned into a family project. In 1996 we put up a new Morton Warehouse,
which we are currently using for our PUMPKINLAND business.
|Here is an aerial view of our
farm and and one of our early corn mazes.
|Dave and Helen with grandchildren Kelsey,
Karli, and Colin. Our
grandchildren have always referred to us as their "Grandpa &
Grandma Pumpkin". In addition, many of their little friends also claim
us as their "Grandpa & Grandma Pumpkin".
|When they are not at PUMPKINLAND, you
might find "Grandpa & Grandma Pumpkin" cruising in their orange PT