It all started when a boy met a girl - kind of like the Collin Raye song. Our father (Laverne AKA Doc) and mother (Diana) married in 1968. Doc worked with Illinois Central Railroad and Diana was a beautician working out of their home. When the babies came - about 2 years apart, mom decided to become a full-time housewife/farm wife. Our grandfather also farmed many acres of land and had successfully stole our dad many days to help on the farm. We were raised in an old two-story farmhouse placed high on a hill about one mile east of Red Bud. Gradually the town has increased its closeness to us, but we still have the country feel. My father loved to farm and so did (still does) mom. This made a great combination in their marriage and family.
As we grew older our parents wanted to instill values and a work ethic like they had. So how about starting a pumpkin farm? All we'll have to do is scatter a few seeds ....right?? Before we knew it, Jeff and I found ourselves sitting on an old two-row horse drawn Black Hawk planter dropping pumpkin seeds by hand. Mind you, the planting season for pumpkins is the end of June. (It was great for getting a summer tan.) Summer was hot, so the pumpkins needed water. Watering starting with an old well tank and a yard cart behind a 3 wheeler. What else would teenagers be doing on a summer night than watering their pumpkin seeds? Well, I'm sure I could have found a few other things at the time. Our pumpkin farm was gaining recognition slowly and each year increased in number. There wasn't a night in October that we sat down for supper at dusk and we had a knock on the door asking.."are you still open and can we buy a pumpkin?." We've had shoppers that buy pumpkins in the rain and the dark. We love them all!!
Over the years, many things have changed. We lost our father and dear husband in December of 1992. Mom remarried a gentleman (Don) willing to give up his September's and October's to our cause. Jeff and I are grateful to have him in our mother's life. Twenty five years experience and new technology has allowed us to plant the best seeds with high tech equipment and somewhere in between we have all grown up. Grown up in age, not in values. We allow all of our customers into our lives for one reason. To see joy in their faces as they bring their children and granddchildren to our farm.
Fall is like a breath of fresh air. Sieze the day. A family rich in farm history invites you to spend a day with ours and focus on sharing one of those October moments.
Don & Diana Robinson
Jeff, Angie, Isaac & Andrew Luthy
Shawn, Lori, Kristen & John Woods
The beginning - taken in 1986.
Picture of the 2-row horse drawn plow.