For residents of the city of St. Louis, fall is a time for enjoying the fall foliage, bonfires on chilly October nights, high school football games, and as is recently often the case, Cardinals baseball. But St. Louis is home to one location in particular which has become a family favorite for multiple generations.
Stuckmeyers Farm Market is located in Fenton, Mo. and is a fourth generation family establishment that has become a fixture for residents in St. Louis who are seeking a kid-friendly setting for pumpkin picking.
The farm features a hayride, a market, live music, and a playground named “Fort Spooky.” Stuckmeyers also features a corn maze, inflatables, and a wooden play fortress with underground tunnels that has kids and adults everywhere crawling back each and every year.
The consumer market portion of the property is home to many homemade goods and products, including fresh vegetables and fruits grown on the 200 acres of land that the Stuckmeyer family owns. Produce includes items such as eggplant, apples, lettuce and tomatoes.
“We are producing a product that we feel like is as fresh and natural as we possibly can and we are giving a good product to our consumers,” Stuckmeyer manager Linda Beckemeier said.
Another value that Stuckmeyers bases its company around is family, in all aspects of the company. Whether it’s the pumpkin patch, the hayrides, or the operation of the facility, Stuckmeyers is a family function.
“We are a very family operated business, we value our families and we feel like we want to be a part of the community and bring everybody together,” manager Linda Beckemeier said. It is this family mentality that has driven the company for generations of time. “We come from a family, and the family has been in the business for so many years. We grew up from both family farms, and we want our children to do the same, and now the grandchildren are getting into it,” Stuckmeyer said. “Most people have a farm background somewhere in their lives and they can relate to that, and they want their families, their children, to do the same.”
Stuckmeyers draws many families back to the property each year during Halloween time, and with the family events that take place and the abundance of pumpkins that are grown, it is easy to see why.
“We enjoy the pumpkin season the best as far as the kids are concerned,” Stuckmeyer said. “They come out and they have such a good time. It’s fun to watch the children and the families, as a family, play and be together and go out in the field and pick a pumpkin together.”
Stuckmeyers is located between Fenton and Arnold at the intersection of highway 21 and highway 141. The address is 249 Schneider Drive, Fenton, Mo. 63026. The property features its Farm Fun Days every weekend in October from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
FENTON—Owner Jean Stuckmeyer (right) aids customer Bryna Dudley (left) with the purchase of her new pumpkins. Quality assurance is high priority at Stuckmeyers, whether it’s the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch or the service at the register. (SLU/Zack Wilson)