This April we lost Dave due to a massive heart attack. His smile and warm welcoming wave will be missed by all. As a family we have decided to roll up our sleeves and continue on this year in honor of him. We want to continue this wonderful legacy he was such a large part of. We work many days with tears in our eyes, but we are proud to move forward continuing the work he began so many years ago. We look forward to seeing many of you here on our farm this year as we celebrate the life of a great man.
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 the old farmhouse was torn down. (picture on right).
In 2012 we built a new home. We said good-bye to many memories from our century home and began creating wonderful new memories in the new home!
PUMPKINLAND - How it All Began - It seems like we have been growing pumpkins forever. When the children were growing up, Dave always enjoyed growing a few pumpkin plants in the garden, especially the very large variety. In 1988, when the 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, we made the decision to try to intentionally grow this business, and went from selling produce off of a hayrack parked in front of the house, to selling out of the 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 kids' project turned into a family project. In 1996 we put up a new building, which we are currently using for our PUMPKINLAND business.