There’s something really fun about a pumpkin patch. Maybe because it sparks memories of Linus patiently waiting all night for The Great Pumpkin. Maybe it harks back to our own childhood of carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Or maybe it’s just because pumpkins are so colorful and vibrant.
Whatever the reason, we’re proud to have Cory Holman’s Pumpkin Patch as an advertising partner on Old Mission Gazette.
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Located at 12926 Center Road, about a half-mile north of Island View Road, Cory has pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, as well as decorative corn, corn stalks, colorful gourds and heirloom pie pumpkins.
What you might not know, however, is that the Holman family has a long and rich history on the Old Mission Peninsula – dating back 160 years as of 2021.
You’ve no doubt heard the name Curtis Fowler in connection with the history of the Old Mission Peninsula. But the Curtis and Holman family were connected reaching far back into the 1800s. If I’ve got my “greats” correct, I believe Curtis Fowler, Sr. would be Cory Holman’s great-great-great-great grandfather. Cory’s parents are Tim and Laurie Holman, and his grandparents are Jack and Georgia Holman.
Curtis Fowler, Sr. originally hailed from Vermont, and first settled in Jackson, Michigan. In 1855, he and his sons, Curtis Fowler, Jr. and Francis (Frank) Zebina Fowler, followed the Indian Trail (now M37) from Grand Rapids to the Old Mission Peninsula, where they each bought 160 acres of land. Many of us who currently live on the Peninsula – including my husband and me – own land once owned by one of the Fowlers.
Curtis Fowler, Jr.’s daughter Ethelwyn Fowler – Cory’s great-great-great grandmother, I believe – married Alexander Holman, who had come to the Old Mission Peninsula from Canada to visit his Aunt Jane Eliza (Holman) Carroll, the wife of Edward Carroll, according to Evelyn Johnson’s book, “Barns of Old Mission Peninsula.” Alexander and Ethelwyn took 40 acres on Center Road, which was part of her father’s 160-acre farm and is now home to Cory’s Pumpkin Patch.
According to Evelyn’s book, the Buchans, Carrolls and Holmans all came from Canada to the Old Mission Peninsula around the same time, as they lived near each other in Canada.
So, you see, when you buy a pumpkin at Cory Holman’s Pumpkin Patch, you’re not just buying a pumpkin. You’re participating in the rich history of the Holman family on the Old Mission Peninsula. Happy October!
Pictured below is Alexander Holman’s Peach Tree Nursery in 1906. The photo below that is the same view now, of Cory Holman’s Pumpkin Patch.
This is our favorite patch on Old Mission! You also can not beat their prices for pumpkins
I take the girls every year!!
We were there this past Saturday.
I bought two last year, puréed them both, and baked some awesome pumpkin cupcakes with one. The other pumpkin was added to my pups food to keep her “regular”. Magical!
Thank you Jane !
Thanks, Laurie! Love visiting The Patch. 🙂
Jane : am sitting here sipping my Friday glass of OMP wine and I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed today’s news on the Gazette. From the upcoming hearing on the 81 to the new shop Invoke to the Holman pumpkin patch that we just discovered today…. you always deliver the best news! Great job as always. YOU are an OMP treasure!
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