Pleased to Feed You, Joe Rowland

Joe Rowland farms with his father Roger, brother Jeff, uncle Mark and cousin Matt, raising grain and vegetables, plus dairy cows and beef steers. Joe has a son, Lukas, 6, and would like to be able to pass a successful farm to the next generation, just as he was raised on the farm. The Bellevue High School alum was also active in FFA.

“When I was a boy, we were grain based with dairy cows; now we’ve expanded into vegetables—we wanted to do that as a family.” The Rowlands raise bell peppers, cucumbers, fall squashes, pie pumpkins, gourds and tomatoes, and sell commercially under the Holthouse Life Brand Foods label and to Hirzel Canning, maker of Dei Fratelli products.

He joined Erie County Farm Bureau just last year “To better myself and (my) future.”  The Rowlands have been recognized by the Boy and Girl Scouts for donating pumpkins for their events. They have also hosted the 2012 Fall Farm Tour, where they showed the vegetable side of the farm.

Pumpkin Cookies | A recipe from Joe Rowland

2 cups shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 cups pumpkin
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Cream together shortening, sugars, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
Powdered sugar
Boil brown sugar, milk and butter. Cool, and add powdered sugar to thicken.


Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.