The success of Summers Farm dates back to 1934 when John Arthur Summers and his wife Ruth Schaffer purchased the land. Initially, the dairy farm consisted exclusively of Guernsey cows. There were many hardships during the Depression but John Arthur and Ruth made ends meet — they worked the farm by day; he worked at Garber Baking Company by night.
Eventually, their three sons pitched in as farming was very labor intensive in those days: milking cows by hand and using horses to plant and harvest crops.
John Arthur’s son, Clarke Summers, carried on the family tradition for many years. Along with wife Linda, they raised three daughters on the family dairy farm. His daughters worked very closely with him in the everyday chores of milking and farming 500 acres. Clarke passed away August 2005 from injuries sustained in a farming accident.
Today, his daughter Teresa Summers Greenwood, along with her husband Jeff Greenwood and Arnold Gussio, continue the family tradition tending to the animals and raising corn, wheat, soybeans, hay and — of course — lots of pumpkins and gourds! Teresa and Jeff both share the same passion for life and the tradition of the family farm.
Summers Farm, marking its 18th anniversary, has become a long-standing fall tradition for families, organizations, schools, and corporations. The widely popular Fall Harvest Festival attracts thousands looking for wholesome fun for the entire family. Every year Teresa and Jeff look forward to welcoming folks to their farm. Make Summers Farm a part of your fall family tradition this season — a farm-centered experience where memories are made!