The Story of Gull Meadow Farms

Gull Meadow Farms hasn’t always been yummy donuts, U-pick apples, and fun family activities.

In 1949 Julius Wendzel began farming what is currently Gull Meadow Farms. The eighty-acre parcel began with a combination of strawberries and wheat. In 1978 the farm was taken over by Julius’ grandson, David Wendzel. Gull Meadow Farms then began offering produce from a picnic table by the roadside, with tomatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins, squash, green beans, U-pick strawberries and several other items.

In 1980 the farm expanded with the construction of a pavilion and a newly planted apple orchard. Three years later the pavilion was enclosed allowing the farm to stay open longer in the year. In 1985 the apple trees were mature enough to open them up for U-pick; this year also brought the most welcomed addition to the farm – donuts!

In 1987 the farm moved in a different direction with the addition of a single bay greenhouse to begin its retail operation. Five years later, a 12,000 square foot greenhouse was added. Open mid-April through October, it’s a great place to greet friends and choose all of those special items for gardens, yards, and other springtime and summer projects.

In 2000 the farm decided to add activities for families to enjoy during the fall season. The first building was torn down and a market nearly three times the size was added. 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!

The Wendzel Family, owners of Richland, Michigan's Gull Meadow Farms outside of Kalamazoo.We look forward to having you on the farm and your traditions becoming part of our farms' history! See you soon!

The Wendzel Family

Gull Meadow Farms