Owners of Rombach Farms announce they're shutting down

Rombach Farms in Chesterfield is shutting down, the family announced on Facebook. (Credit: KMOV)

Going to the pumpkin patch at Rombach Farms in Chesterfield has become a tradition for many in the St. Louis area.

A shock came when it announced it was shutting down due to a family dispute.

The news broke on Facebook, and thousands of comments and emotions quickly followed.

"It's been very hard," said Betty Miller of the Chesterfield Valley Pumpkin Patch.

Miller hopes to ease the shock for many.

She, her husband, and several others in Chesterfield are working together to open a pumpkin patch near the shuttered Rombach Farms.

"We're not Rombach Farm, and we don't want to be Rombach Farm, we'll never be," said Miller.

But, she wants to keep the memories alive for those, who have for decades, come to Rombach's pumpkin patch.

Memories that Miller's partner, Gretchen Tahl, values greatly.

"I have an 8-year-old daughter. We've been going to Rombach Farms since she was six-months-old," said Tahl.

The Chesterfield Valley Pumpkin Patch just planted their pumpkins a few weeks ago, and they should be ready in time for the opening on September 23.

The new pumpkin patch will be on Olive Street near Rombach Farms.

As for the Rombach family, on Facebook, they posted that there's a slim chance they'll come back next fall.

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