Did you know that twelve bees spend their entire lives toiling to produce one teaspoon of honey? It’s ok, I didn’t either. Or that Canyon County is the main producer of sweet corn seed in the world? Did you know that those two short rows of corn on the edge of the field are there for reproductive purposes so that seeds can be harvested? I was completely unaware of all of these interesting facts as well until just a few days ago when I went to a fantastic place here in Meridian: The Farmstead.
It is a place where you can have a real farm-like experience! Between the farmyard animals and pig races, pony rides and cow trains, farmyard games and potato sack slides, you will definitely feel like you have spent an evening on a true farm. Among all these attractions, there are a couple really big draws.
First is the Jimmy Fallon inspired corn maze, where you can get lost in Jimmy’s arm, face or name. My husband, three daughters and two parents got lost for awhile and got to meander through towards the end (we didn’t make it though). Jim, the owner of The Farmstead and designer of the corn “maize” said that they chose this theme because life is short and we all need to laugh a little. Jimmy is one of their favorite comedians, so they decided to design the maze based on him. The maze has since been featured on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and “Hashtag the Panda” was even sent to parachute into the maze . There have been several themes in years past, including white water rafting, fishing, and Peter Pan, among others. This year’s theme has been a definite favorite.
The big hit with my kids (ages 14, 12, and 8) was the pumpkin patch. That may be because they have never been in a pumpkin patch before! Before you start thinking that I must be a terrible mother to have deprived them of this experience for all these years, you should know that we have lived abroad until just recently. So, this was their first time in the middle of a field choosing their own pumpkin to carve. The search for the roundest and least scarred pumpkin was long and arduous, but we finally found the right ones!
There is something for every age group at The Farmstead. The little ones love the corn box, which is like a sandbox except filled with grain instead of sand. And for the teenage crowd, on Fridays and Saturdays after dark (of course) the Field of Screams comes to life. Basically you pay to be scared out of your mind. My clan and I chose not to partake of that particular attraction. We are scaredy-cats. Meow.
You cannot think about a farm without thinking about food. And they have got it. I had nachos covered in their famous homemade chili, and it was so yummy! They also have pulled pork sandwiches, cheeseburgers and fries, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and more! Do not eat before you come, unless you are on a diet.
You may be wondering who puts together this whole gig. Well, Jim and Hillary are local farmers who have been running The Farmstead for the last ten years. Jim got involved in corn maze designing back in college and even worked for a corn maze design company for seven years. I had no idea that even existed! When I asked about their greater purpose for putting this on every year, Jim answered that their goal is to have a place where families can come and have a good time and leave better than when they came in. The Farmstead definitely met its goal with my family because we had a blast!
You should definitely visit The Farmstead! They are open up to October 29th, Monday through Saturday (times vary).
1020 S. Rackham Way
Meridian, ID 83642