Renyer's Pumpkin Farm

About Us

Capture photo of entry 2014Haulin' Pumpkins at Renyer's Pumpkin Patch. (Click to enlarge image.)

"Home grown fun and farm fresh adventures" inspire the Renyer family: Doug, Brenda and son, Clay. All are native Kansans whose family activities and values guide Renyer's Pumpkin Farm in rural north Nemaha County, Kansas. Everyone pitches in and pulls their share.

Doug, Brenda & Clay

Family 2013 CA TrerinaDoug, Brenda & Clay
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Doug Renyer grew up on a dairy farm, and was the 7th of 13 children. Working hard was learned early in life. Doug remembers, "We did a lot of work, but we also had fun by arranging hay bales to make tunnels to play in." Doug now works full time in Sabetha and farms in addition. He says, "It's a busy life!" with pride.

Brenda grew up in Wellsville, Kansas. After high school she attended Allen County Community College, and then went on to receive her teaching degree at Emporia State University. Her first teaching position took her to Sabetha where she met Doug. They were married in December of 1991. After 6 years of teaching she pursued her dream to be a stay-at-home mom. Always wanting a home based business, Brenda has always enjoyed creating things, a love she learned from her mother. She now is able to sell her creations each fall at the gift shop, as well as online and at craft shows. What started as a fall open house has now turned in to what Renyer's Pumpkin Farm is today.

Clay has grown up with the Pumpkin Farm. He was only 6 years old when the first pumpkins were planted but now he has become a very important part of the farm operation. Clay is a part of each and everything we do here on the farm, from helping Doug with any new project, planning the layout of a new attraction, or watering and taking care of the mums (he will openly share that he hates mums maybe because he does most of the watering during the hot summer months!). Clay says that the work is sometimes hard, but he really enjoys seeing all the families have fun when they spend time on the farm.

For more information about Doug, Brenda and Clay, click here.


 

Renyer's Pumpkin Farn barn.Renyer's Pumpkin Farn barn.
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Historic Location

Renyer's Pumpkin Farm is located in Granada, KS.  Granada is now a ghost town, and was home to a post office, grocery store, black smith shop, church and single room school.  The entrance barn is the oldest building currently on the farm and was used mainly to stable horses.  Pony Express route across Kansas used Granada as one of the horse changing station during its 18 months.  Two wagon trails crossed at Granada, Oregon trail that headed northwest and the Santa Fe which travel southwest from Granada

 


 

The Present

renyers-coach-houseRenyer's Coach House -The gathering place!
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Moving to more recent time, Doug purchased the farm in the spring of 1990, and in the winter of 1991, Doug and Brenda were married. Doug grew up on a farm near Fidelity, south of Sabetha while Brenda grew up in Wellsville near Ottawa and Olathe. While Brenda didn't have farm experience, her mother made crafts. So Brenda's thinking was that there might be more to this farm than soybeans, corn and cattle.

Brenda creates unique crafts using natural materials such as gourds, along with "treasures" from flea markets. There are endless possibilities to recycle items, and "go green." Brenda is licensed to use the K-State and Kansas University symbols, and can custom create a unique item just for you or a special person.

"Wow, Dad!" - a man carrying a huge armful of pumpkins for his daughter."Wow, Dad!" (Cick to enlarge.)What began with a small pumpkin patch and a fall open house to sell crafts and wagon rides about 10 years ago has now grown into far more. The first year saw a simple ad in the local newspaper, and the farm opened for only one weekend. Doug says, "We started finding cash in the mailbox with a note: 'We came for pumpkins. No one home. I hope this money is enough for the pumpkins we took.'"

Hayrides and pumpkins were natural extensions to selling crafts. Now, a full range of wholesome family activities center around the fall season on a farm and the signature pumpkins for Halloween.

So in 2004 Renyer's Pumpkin Farm opened for four weekends. Now it's open the five weekends before Halloween. Friday has been added as an open day in addition to Saturday and Sunday. There are now twenty different fun activities along with pumpkins, crafts and food. There are plenty of activities for over three hours of fun, and many guests stay over five hours. More guests visit each year, and families making the 50 minute ride from Topeka or 75 minute ride from Manhattan say, "It was worth the trip!"

Fun family activities create memories for life. That's the goal of Renyer's Pumpkin farm.

Home grown fun and farm fresh adventures.

2017 Season Hours

 

Oct. 1st (SUNDAY) - Oct. 29th

Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm

Friday Hours by Appointment Only
(Groups of 15+)

Call (785) 866-5712 today!

Only $8.25

Kids under 2 years are free!

Mastercard Visa Excepted

We accepted Mastercard and Visa on the farm!

 

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