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Road Trippin': Gull Meadow Farms is a family business where family memories are made

Gull Meadow Farms has been operating since 1949 and has grown to be a place for the entire family to come and enjoy the fall activities. (WWMT/Randi Burns)

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It all started in 1949 when a guy named Julius Wendzel planted some strawberries and wheat on 80 acres northeast of Kalamazoo. He raised a family there, and passed the farming along to his children and grandchildren.

Then, in 1978 once of the grandsons starting selling the Gull Meadow Farm produce from a picnic table at the side of the road that passed near the family acreage.

Next thing you know, the family enterprise became a family destination.

"We pride ourselves on becoming the place for families to come and play together," said farm manager Justin Wendzel. "Really that’s what we want to do."

About the same time the grandson started the roadside stand, the family was expanding their produce selection, from strawberries and wheat to also offer tomatoes, pumpkins, sweet corn and other items.

In 1985, Gull Meadow had apple trees mature enough for the first u-pick in the farm's history. That was also the year the family brought donuts to the farm!

Starting in 2000, Gull Meadow added activities for families to enjoy during the fall season. While looking for ways to help customers enjoy the farm even more, in 2001 the corn maze was added.

Since that time Gull Meadow Farms continues to expand and develop new ways to help families create lasting memories each year!

Give them a visit and don't forget to bring the entire family!


  • Weekday (4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday): $9
  • Weekend (4-8 p.m. Friday/ 10 a.m.-close Saturday-Sunday): $10
  • Season Pass (Unlimited Visits, Including Night Corn Maze): $25.50

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