Renyer's Pumpkin Farm

NOTICE! Renyer’s Pumpkin Farms’s last season was in fall 2018.

We wish to thank everyone for sharing your families and friends with us over the years. The memories will last us a lifetime.

NOTE: We are still offering Renyer’s Coach House for weddings and special events. Please click here to learn more.

Our History

"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.

Meet the Renyers

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.

Historic Location

Doug is particularly interested in the history surrounding the farm. "History is here." There's a hand-dug well lined with limestone guests can look down. Doug remembers his dad would talk about the Granada grocery store (now gone) "where you could buy a bottle of pop and a bag of peanuts." Older guests to the farm often remember the same experiences in their childhoods.

Doug remembers that when he was young, "Everyone had grandparents who grew up on a farm." But today, "so many kids don't even know what a real barn looks like." For example, the Renyer's barn dates to the 1930's or 1940's, making it 70 to 80 years old. The tractor used for hayrides is the open air type (instead of an enclosed cab), so guests can see the driver and vice versa. It's a more personal and enjoyable experience. Guests enjoy and want this experience.

The Present

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.

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.

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.