Altenburg's Farm closes after 55 seasons of providing strawberries, pumpkins to thousands

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) -- A staple of central Wisconsin is closing its doors after more than 50 years of business. Altenburg's Farm has been providing strawberries, pumpkins and entertainment to many families over the years. On Tuesday, they are closing for good.

Since 1964, the farm just outside of Wisconsin Rapids has been creating memories for people across central Wisconsin. Along with many more memories for Harold Altenburg who started this farm right after he got married. "When I asked her to marry me I said you're not only marrying me, you're marrying me and that farm. You can't separate those two," explained Altenburg.

It wasn't always easy over the many decades. "The first few years was real tough. I thought I knew something and I'm still trying to learn something," said Altenburg.

Most of the memories here are positive. "Things like the candy parachute drop, the straw fort and skydivers," explained Altenburg.

Altenburg turned 85 this year and after finding no one to sell to, he made the difficult decision to close. "The hardest part is going to be not having pumpkins and all the kids come out. They come out and hug my leg and I melt."

Altenburg wants his customers to know how thankful he is to them and retires with this advice. "If you find an occupation you enjoy you will enjoy your life a whole lot more. I've enjoyed mine big time."

They close for good on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. After they close, Altenburg said they will seed the farm down to hay, which will allow him to spend more time with his grandchildren.