Halloween 2013

South suburban pumpkin farm’s future uncertain

Bengtson’s allowed to stay through fall after bank evicted landowner

The operators of a popular southwest suburban pumpkin farm remain hopeful this won’t be their last fall on the property they’ve called home for 25 years.

Families from across the area visit Homer Glen every year to pick out Halloween pumpkins, but the future of the patch has been in flux since September, when a bank foreclosed on the property owned by former gas station magnate William McEnery.

Since 1988, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm has rented its land from McEnery. Now the property is for sale, and operator Dave Bengtson offered scant details about negotiations other than to say he is talking prices with Standard Bank and Trust Co.

“We hope to stay,” he said. “We’ve made it clear to Standard Bank that we would like to buy it.”

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