Located just west of Heidelberg, Ontario in the village of St. Clements, the Nauman's Farm is a family business now owned and operated by Hugh and Anne Nauman. This is a beautiful, rural area that has escape the hustle of the big city, no doubt influenced by our neighboring Mennonite community.
We begin our season with Pick Your Own and pre-picked strawberries, which usually are ready around mid-June. Around July, we also offered delicious, pre-picked raspberries in several different varieties. We have also expanded to two acres of rhubarb. Throughout the year, we sell seasonally fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and other items in the Farm Market, perhaps building to our celebration of fall with acres of pumpkins and a challenging corn maze to add to your family fun.
Ed & Muriel Nauman
Nauman's Fresh from the Farm Produce was started in 1950 by Ed and Muriel Nauman, Hugh's parents. They farmed on six acres of land near Waterloo,
Christine, Anne, Hugh & Tequila
growing a variety of herbs, vegetables and pumpkins, which they sold at both the Kitchener and Waterloo Farmers' Markets.
In 1966, they moved their farm to the 75 acres in St. Clements, and farmed this land until they turned the work over to their son Hugh, and his wife Anne. Anne recalls that on the first year, they grew a quarter acre of pumpkins, and sold them from a picnic table at the end of the lane. Buyers were on the honour system, leaving their payment in exchange for the pumpkins.
The next year, Pumpkins Galore & More was started, first with a half acre of pumpkins, plus local maple syrup and apple cider. The sales were moved to a hay wagon parked by the barn. By 1999, six acres were covered with pumpkins, plus a few squash. The old driving shed was converted to make more room for the store front.
By 2001, the store had doubled in size and the product line now included fall decorating supplies for Thanksgiving and Halloween, squash, gourds, apples, garlic, potatoes, home-made preserves, apple cider, fresh pies and, of course, lots of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and colours.
The summer of 2002 saw the first year six acres of raspberries were offered for sale. A corn maze was also added that year for the enjoyment of the children and adventurous adults. A couple of years later, hanging baskets of flowers were added for summer and potted mums in the fall.
Each year of farming offers different challenges. Some are within our control, while other factors, like the weather are simply a fact of farming. In October, 2009, Rogers TV interviewed Hugh (click to view) regarding how the weather, and the economy, affect our farming business.
We welcome you to come and visit us to see what's new this year.