Hi there! We are Dave and Helen Huitink and we own and operate PUMPKINLAND. We raise corn and soybeans and have been selling pumpkins and fall produce from our farm since 1989. We are a family farm, now in the third generation.
2017 marks our 17th year of doing corn mazes. This year we created a Culver's "Thank You Farmers" themed maze!
A little Farm History
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 lived in up until 2012. In 2013 we tore down the old farmhouse (picture on right).
In 2012 we built a new home where we now reside. We said good-bye to many memories from our century home, but have already created wonderful new memories in our new home!
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 building, which we are currently using for our PUMPKINLAND business.