“I remember my parents selling corn for 35 cents a dozen,” said ‘Farmer Jay’ Renninger, the owner of Renninger’s Farms on 924 Second Ave. in Royersford.
Established in 1932 when Elmer and Mary Renninger purchased the farm from the Hauck family, the seventeen acre farm becomes a go-to destination every year for those looking for pumpkins and other Fall-themed items to decorate their homes and businesses for the season.
“We would take the ears of corn to the mom and pop stores in Royersford in a burlap bag… …and I remember selling corn under our tree by the road – we sold it out of a wagon that we pulled with a lawn mower.”
Today they still grow and sell corn – sweet corn in the summer – though this time of year the demand is for Indian corn and corn stalks. Though the biggest Fall sellers are the gourds and, of course, pumpkins.
“We sell pumpkins by the ton,” Renninger said. “We started this past weekend (Oct. 19-20) and will continue to do so for last two weeks in October.”
He said that the most popular pumpkin purchase it the ‘all you can carry’ pumpkin sale for $20.
The staff of Renninger’s Farm does produce its own pumpkins, but the demand is such that they also bring in pumpkins, large to small, for their patrons.
“We sell Conestoga Giants, Gladiators, Gold Medal, Mystics, Smoothies and We-Be-Littles,” Renninger said. “We also carry a special pumpkin called Kakai. Those are good for their seeds (because the seeds) don’t have an outer shell.”
You can also win a pumpkin in their ‘guess the weight of the pumpkin’ contest.
“You get one guess per family, but you can’t pick it up, and if you guess right you can walk away with the pumpkin,” he said. “We have given away fifteen pumpkins so far this year.”
In the Fall, Renninger’s Farm also sell mums, apples and apple cider, jellies, relishes, jams and more. They also produce and sell their own honey (which is processed in Exton).
“This time of year is a fun time for everybody,” Renninger said.
One of the sights which visitors to Renninger’s Farm get to enjoy during the Fall is cows feeding on pumpkins.
“Cow’s love pumpkin,” Renninger said matter-of-factly before smashing several pumpkins into the trough for his herd. Soon several children have arrived to see the feast – and a few took part in the fun by smashing a few pumpkins for the cows.
“We come here all the time to shop and to see the animals,” said Sarah Schmalbach of Royersford, who came to the farm with her sons Bennett, 8, and Spencer, 6. “We really enjoy coming here every year for the pumpkins, and the kids get to feed the cows as an added bonus, they love it.”
Renninger explained that the location had previously been a dairy farm, but the family stopped the diary operation in 1995 concentrate on a “change of direction”, chiefly pumpkin sales, yet there is year-round business at the farm.
“We are here in the Spring with hanging baskets and bedding plants… …with corn and vegetables in the Summer... …gourds and pumpkins and other vegetables in the fall.”
The farm is mostly closed from Thanksgiving until March so preparations can be made for next spring – although self-service eggs are available year round.
“The community has been very supportive throughout the years,” Renninger said. “A lot of people do not understand where their food comes from. We just want to give people the experience of life on the farm… …We want to generate memories.”
To find out more about the many different things which Renninger’s Farm offers call 610-948-3238 or visit www.renningersfarm.com. They can also be found on Facebook by and searching ‘Renninger’s Farm’.