Tim Stockel (Farmer Tim) has been the owner and operator of Happy Day Farm since 2012. Farmer Tim always had a love for agriculture and all things outdoors. He was raised in Manalapan and is the youngest of 5 siblings. Early on, Tim was business minded and had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a junior in High School, he started his own landscaping business. What started as simply cutting lawns, quickly evolved into full service landscape design and hardscape. Farmer Tim enjoyed the ability to create, transform and inspire others with his work.
Farmer Tim married his wife Olivia in 1999 and soon after, his daughter Trinity was born. One day, Tim and his 2-year old daughter Trinity took a ride to the local hardware store where they purchased pumpkin seeds and planted them on a small section of his 7-acre landscape property. The pumpkins grew successfully and the Stockel family took photos in their mini patch and shared their crop with friends.
Tim, Olivia and Trinity welcomed their son Liam in 2007. This is also the year where Tim doubled the size of his pumpkin patch, grew a corn maze, purchased his first hay wagon and held an Autumn celebration with family and friends.
In 2012, Tim took his love and passion for family and farming and purchased an abandoned 70-acre farm in Manalapan, New Jersey which officially launched Happy Day Farm. Tim utilized the portion of land to plant pumpkins and hold Fall Harvest activities including a corn maze, zoo, horse shaped swings, pedal carts and more.
In 2016, Tim purchased an additional 60 acres adjacent to the farm, making Happy Day Farm a total of 130 acres. The farm has now expanded to include u-pick blueberries, raspberries, sunflowers, lavender and zinnias and much more!
"It's not just about the product, it's about the experience"