Bill Wickham begain growing his own pumpkins at the age of 8 while growing up on his family’s vegetable farm in Flint, New York. While attending Cornell University in Ithaca and obtaining a degree in agriculture, Bill met his wife Debbie. Since meeting, Bill and Debbie have shared a passion for growing fruits and vegetables for the local community, most notably—pumpkins.
This passion has been passed on to their three children, Kevin, Paige, and Dale Wickham and their daughter-in-law Carolyn. Although not all the children live locally, it is not uncommon to find the entire Wickham family helping out at the farm on the busy October weekends.
Wickham Farms as you know it today had humble beginnings. We began selling our first pick your own pumpkins to the Penfield public in the fall of 1988 out of a red roadside stand on the honor system. As the farm slowly gained popularity, we added a small corn maze and begin to sell pumpkins from a tent instead of the covered wagon. We also began to host the local school children for educational field trips on the farm each fall.
Finally, in 2004 we built the red barn to give the farm a heated store area to sell product from. From there we have vastly expanded our farm and fun attractions. Today, you can see most of the farm’s expansion across the street on Sweets Corners Road where our pick your apple orchard is and all the Wickham Farms CSA produce is grown. Through all this expansion, the Wickham family has stuck to its roots and focused on keeping the farm as a local, family-owned business.