Tim's Pumpkin Patch is owned by Tim and Erica Leubner and their three daughters Evelyn, Claudia and Josephine. The entire family works together on a daily basis.
Tim is also a partner with his two brothers and sister at his family owned dairy and cash grain farm business, located just up the road from the pumpkin farm. Erica, also grew up on dairy farm in nearby Navarino, NY and works as a Farm Family Consultant for NY FarmNet, an agency through Cornell University.
How it all Started
Tim has been farming his entire life. Here is a picture of him bailing straw when he could just barely reach the pedals to drive the tractor.
In 1986, when Tim was 15, he planted 200 pumpkin seeds. He planted them in a big pile of dirt located on his famliy farm, somewhere out of the way of the regular crops being grown. When the pumpkins all grew, he wasn't sure what to do with them all. His father suggested that he try to sell them, and to just charge $1.00, a price that was hard to refuse. Every pumpkin sold. Through word of mouth only, Tim's Pumpkin Patch became known as "the place with the $1.00 pumpkins".
The price remained $1.00 for 20 years, a nearly impossible task given the realities of the constant rising input costs of farming. Now entering it's 27th year, Tim's Pumpkin Patch grows close to 70 acres of pumpkins and squash, has a bakery, gift shop and many, many fun farm activities for all to enjoy.