About Shaw Farms
A True Family Farm
In 1807 Thomas and Martha Shaw, farmers of Quaker ancestry, immigrated to Clermont County from Bucks County, PA.
In 1952, the family's first sweet corn was raised and sold at the Farmer's Market located at Second and Main Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. The corn was picked every day, early in the morning. Since the market didn't open up until 5 PM, customers passing by the loaded truck would stop and want to buy corn before it was taken to market. Eventually, the family decided to open a market at home because of the high demand for fresh produce.
The Shaw's first stand consisted of a few hamper baskets with a board across the top where the vegetables were placed, and the corn was placed in bushel baskets beside the table.
The first pumpkins were raised between the rows of corn. The pumpkins were picked and placed in a pile in the front yard. These were also sold to customers who were passing by. The money earned was given to the children to spend on their vacations.
Current Day on the Farm
Shaw Farm has been owned and operated by Garold "Jerry" Shaw since 1948. In the late 1970's, Jerry decided to raise more pumpkins. His wife, Jean, decided to make a stuffed man to sit in a chair among the pumpkins.
Since Jean was not gifted in painting, she asked Pam, her future daughter-in-law, to paint a head for her pumpkin man. This was the beginning of the Shaw Farms pumpkin display.
Pam Shaw & Rochelle
We farm 1800 acres. We grow field corn, soybeans, many varieties of summer vegetables and pumpkins, gourds, and squash. During the summer months, locally grown produce is sold in the Gift shop.
Shannon, Dakota, & Christopher Shaw
In the summer, the farm offers a place for families to buy their fresh vegetables. In October, they come to enjoy the sights of Fall.
Families like to take hayrides, watch the animals and let their children play around the numerous pumpkin people and displays. Many groups and school children come for educational field trips.
Mike Shaw (right)
Family Owned and Operated
As time went on, Jerry and his two sons, Mike and Jeff, were the only farmers left in the extended Shaw family. The rest of the Shaws had found other occupations.
The farm is now operated by three generations: Jerry and his wife, Jean; their sons, Mike and Jeff and daughter in law, Pam. Mike and Jeff's sons, Christopher, Tyler, Ryan and Dakota Shaw.
Ryan & Tyler Shaw
The Shaw family is grateful for such a blessed past and to be able to continue sharing the farm with others.
We look forward sharing our families traditions with your family during your next visit!
See you soon!