It's somewhat of a fall-time tradition -- picking out that perfect pumpkin and getting lost in a maze of corn. Linder Farms is just one place where you can do both of those, and a whole lot more.
"It's hard to explain," said farm owner Randy Feist. "You'll just feel it. I mean the band's playing, there's a fire going, people are riding the hay ride sipping hot chocolate. You'd think I'd be sick of it... but even just this last Saturday I was walking around out here thinking, 'it doesn't get much better than this.'"
Ten years ago Feist and his wife started out with a few acres of pumpkins, and a few hundred people showed up. Now, they're expecting about 50,000 people at the farm this fall. Every year brings new things
"One of the things we've added this year is our new pedal tractors. They're good for youth or adults, people just ride 'em around the track we've put together and they're a lot of fun. We also have a big slide on top of a hay bale pyramid that people can slide down and they seem to enjoy that," Feist said.
The hay rides are free with admission to the farm, so head out the pumpkin patch and choose from any number of gourdes large or small and just pay by the pound. Feist says the whole atmosphere is reason enough to keep the attractions running in addition to his full-time job at Micron. In fact, for most of the years Linder Farms has been open, they've recorded small loses, rather than profit. But Feist says that's not why they do it year after year.
"It reminds me of the field of dreams movie where they're standing out in the ball field and the guy says, "Is this heaven?" and he says, "I don't think so, but it just feels like it.""
The farm also boasts live music almost every night, a petting zoo, laser tag, a climbing wall, and plenty of food options.
Every time you visit the official maze of the Boise State Broncos, you're adding to the BSU general scholarship fund, too. Linder Farms has donated about $50,000 of proceeds over the years.
Attractions at the farm are open every day (except Sundays) through November 2.