Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about Fall. They’re a big spot of cheery color as the days turn cold and grey, and a whole pile of pumpkins is enough to make anyone smile. And let’s not forget pumpkin at it’s finest: in pies, cakes, muffins, cookies, breads, lattes (ok, just the flavor), and so much more!
As harvest is winding down for crops like corn and wheat, it’s picking right up for fall-harvested crops like pumpkins, squash, and apples. These products are the centerpieces of many harvest festivals across the nation, which are a fun celebration of the transition from summer into fall and winter.
There are two big pumpkin festivals and corn mazes here in the Treasure Valley: Linder Farms and The Farmstead.
At The Farmstead you will find a world-class corn maze designed by owner Jim Lowe. Jim has a degree in agri-business, and has been designing corn mazes across the nation for 13 years. Other attractions at The Farmstead include a pumpkin patch, farm games, a 5k run, pig racing, barrel train rides, hay rides, food, and much more! For those of you who like to be scared senseless, The Farmstead also offers the Field of Screams on Friday and Saturday nights, when the corn maze is transformed into something out of a terror movie.
Linder Farms is home to the official corn maze of Boise State University, and also offers a 15 acre pumpkin patch with thousands of pumpkins to choose from, lazer tag, a petting zoo, straw bale maze, and many other fun activities!
To find pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, and fall festivals in your area, head over to the website Pumpkin Patches and More to search for activities by state. You can also often find pick-your-own farms on this site, as well as Christmas tree farms, which we’ll need in just a couple more months!