About the Farm
The Wickham family has been growing pumpkins
in Penfield for more than 25 years.
Bill Wickham began growing pumpkins at the
age of eight, when he started growing and
selling pumpkins at his family's farm in Flint,
New York. After he and his wife, Debbie,
graduated from Cornell University, they began
growing and selling pumpkins in the Rochester
area. In the 1980s and 1990s, you may have seen
their red carts at u-pick pumpkin patches in
Penfield, Webster, Fairport, Victor and Stanley.
On weekends, the family would serve customers in
the field, but on weekdays the honor system was
used, and customers would leave their payment in
the cash box on the cart.
Since then, we’ve concentrated our efforts on
our current site on Route 250 in Penfield. Here
are some milestones that has made our family
farm one of Rochester’s top places to take the
kids, according to annual surveys by
- 2002: We started growing our corn maze.
We also started offering field trips to
school children. Back then, the field trips
were held in a tent, and the children sat on
straw bales. Bill Wickham says that giving
school children a taste of farm life and
showing them that vegetables come from
farms, not grocery stores, has been among
the most rewarding experiences of running
- 2004: We built our red barn, which was
then used for field trips, storage, and an
office. Family-friendly hayrides around the
pumpkin patch were started.
- 2005: The red barn became an ice cream
shop and gift shop. An 18-hole miniature
golf course was added.
- 2007: We added a small kitchen, and
started preparing casual meals for visitors.
- 2008: Chickens came to visit in the
fall. They were so well liked by visitors
and farmers, it was decided that they'd
become a permanent attraction. We later
added a couple of goats and a rabbit.
- 2009: We added a greenhouse for our
expanding plant business and a jumping
pillow for our expanding fun business!
- 2010: We added our "Cornfield of Dreams"
- 2012: We purchased property on Sweets
Corners Road in Penfield, where we grew
vegetables for our first community supported
agriculture (CSA) harvest share program. The
CSA program has grown every year since then.
- 2013: We installed a permanent kiddy
- 2014: We built a second barn to
accommodate birthday parties and CSA farm
share distribution. We also planted apple
trees for u-pick apple picking.
- 2015: We opened our new U-Pick Apple
Orchard to the public.