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 Wickham Farms.
- 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
- 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" batting cages.
- 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 train ride.
- 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.