Jerry Smith Produce & Country Store – Home of The Pumpkin Farm began its start with a table on the corner of Highways EA and L in 1975. Owners and farmers Rosemary and Jerry Smith showcased a variety of homegrown vegetables including cabbage, potatoes and sweet corn. The table soon became the garage; the garage was renovated in 1978 with the addition of the Country Store. The Country Store, including its hearthstone fireplace, remains today.
The Pumpkin Farm made its debut in 1975. Rosemary Smith loved painting faces and displays on dozens of pumpkins and then incorporating the pumpkins into scenes based on popular television shows, books and movies. The first few years, Rosemary painted only a handful of pumpkins featuring the clothing of the Smith family along with Jerry’s boots on the Three Stooges. The number of painted pumpkins grew and Rosemary showcased 25 displays each year with over 80 hand-painted characters such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Flintstones, Lion King and many more. Her daughter-in-law, Amy, along with other family members, continues the tradition that Rosemary lovingly started.