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Yoders Farm Corn Maze 2014
This post is a fairly deep dive into what you can expect when you visit Yoders’ Farm during the Fall 2014 Corn Maze and Pumpkin Season!
Specifically we want to cover the following items.
- Season related dates and hours
- The Corn Maze
- The Pumpkin Patch
- The “Other Stuff”
By the end of the post you should have a fairly good idea of what to expect when you visit the farm this fall, so grab a cup of coffee, cider, or a pumpkin latte and let’s get started!
Dates and Hours
The fall season will start September 26th and run through November 1st.
Friday & Saturday: Each Friday and Saturday we will be open from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: We are closed to the general public each Monday through Thursday. We schedule all of our field trips on these days. This allows us to give a specific group of school children our undivided attention.
If you are interested in bringing a field trip to the farm you can get in touch with Eldon at [email protected].
Sunday: We are closed on Sundays.
The Corn Maze
This years corn maze is our best one yet! Of course it’s only the second one so far – so it’s not hard to make it better.
- This years maze is larger – around 6.5 acres. Last years was a bit over 4.
- This year we have a game that you can participate in as you wander around in the maze.
- The design this year is a bit more difficult. It will take you longer.
Before You Go Into the Maze: When you arrive at the farm you will park in the field to the side of the tent. Then you can come get a Corn Maze ticket inside the tent. You’ll receive a few instructions and a map before heading into the maze.
In The Maze: There are several ways you will be able to approach the maze. If you just want to spend some time wandering through the trails that’s fine. If, however, you want to make it a bit more interesting you can find the 8 flags/way-points throughout the maze. Each way-point will have a unique code on it that you can write on your map. If you want to step it up a bit more and compete against other “corn maze visitors” we can time how long it takes you to find all 8 flags… we will keep a leader board of the top 5 or 10 times!
After Dark: The corn maze is fun any time of the day, however if you want to add a bit of a challenge to your “attempt on the maze” bring a flashlight and come after dark!
How to Prepare: There are a couple of things that you can do to ensure that your time in the maze is a success. The main thing to remember is that you are walking through a field. The ground can be a bit rough, you’ll probably want to wear a pair of decent shoes. Also, since it is a corn field, the corn leaves will stick out into the maze trails… they can scratch you – you may want to wear a long sleeve shirt. Beyond that, stay hydrated and bring a good attitude with you.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Is it a “haunted maze?” – No. We try to keep it super family friendly and the maze is “spooky” enough after dark…
- Can I get help if I get lost? – Yes. There are two phone numbers on the map.
- Is it really a corn maze? – Yes. We plant a mix of corn and sourgum to get optimal height and density. In fact we will turn it into cow feed after the season closes.
- How long of a hike is it? – Timed averages so far have been between 45-55 minutes.
- Who can I talk with about the Corn Maze?
Maze Ticket Prices:
- 1 Maze ticket – 6 yrs and older – $6
- 5 Years old and under are FREE! (must be accompanied by an adult)
- Special Rates – 1 Maze Ticket
- Groups – $5 per – (Must contact us first. Ten or more for Group rate.)
- Students – $5 per – (Must have Student ID.)
- Older People – $5 per – (50 yrs or older.)
- School Field Trips are priced per student – contact us if you are interested in pricing/scheduling.
The Pumpkin Patch
We planted a number of different varieties of pumpkins this year. A lot of them look like your “standard pumpkin” and make really good carving pumpkins. Head over to the pumpkin page for a video covering the pumpkins we have available this year.
In a nutshell though… What makes our pumpkins different than those you can get elsewhere? You can literally pick your pumpkin from the patch where it was grown. This allows you to choose the pumpkin that is perfect for you… we know that everyone’s “pumpkin taste” varies, so we have plenty of sizes/varieties available for you to choose from.
We also cut our pumpkins shortly before they get picked by you… this leaves you with a nice full stem instead of a shriveled up brown one.
We did grow more “specialty” pumpkins this year… Blue Hubbard, Hubbard, Fairy Tale, Cinderella, Peanut Squash, Garandale, Knuckle Head, etc…
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I eat these pumpkins? – Generally Yes, although we do have some that are specially known for being good eating pumpkins.
- Do we grow them on the farm? – Yes. You can pick them straight from the field or select from a bunch of pre cut pumpkins.
- Who can I talk to about the pumpkins? – Call Lowell at (434)-401-4864.
- Regular pumpkins – $6 each or 5 for $25
- Specialty pumpkins – $.50 per lb
- Gourds – $1-$2
The Other Stuff
- Hay Ride – $2 per person
- Duck Races – Free
- Corn Pit – Free
- Get a Picture with the “Pilgrims” – Free
- How tall this fall? – Free
- Corn Hole – Free
- Trikes – Free
- “Hoppy Balls” – Free
- Farm animals – Free
Snacks: We will have a number of snacks available. What exactly we have will vary from week to week but will include sodas, chips, baked goods, apple cider, apples, hotdogs and maybe a few other things…
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do you charge an admission fee to the farm? – No.
- How often do the Hay rides leave? – On the hour or when 10 people ready to go.
Let’s wrap this up with a few things that we’d like you to remember as you come visit us this fall.
- We are a family farm. We don’t have loads of staff but we will try to accommodate you to the best of our ability.
- We are a working farm. We do a lot of things besides the Corn Maze, Pumpkins and Fall activities. Keep your eyes open for tractors and equipment moving around the farm.
- We try to stay true to who we are by offering a few things and trying to do them well.
- We aren’t perfect… we always encourage honest, constructive criticism.
Phew… that turned into quite an epistle. Hopefully it answered most of your questions, but if it didn’t, don’t hesitate to comment below, on Facebook or give us a call.