Is The Farmstead the same as Idaho’s Original MAiZE?
Yes. You may have known us over the years as simply The MAiZE. As time has passed, we have incorporated much more good farmin’ fun as part of the event—from the pumpkin patch and hayrides to pig races and the jumping pillow! The Farmstead name now encompasses the entire event, of which The MAiZE is still a big part!
Where is The Farmstead?
The Farmstead is located in Meridian, Idaho near Eagle Road and I-84. Our physical address is 1020 South Rackham Way Meridian, Idaho 83642. Take I-84 to Eagle Road Exit #46. Turn South on Eagle Road. Turn LEFT on Overland Road and immediately turn LEFT again on Rackham Way. Drive past the Park & Ride. Rackham Way leads directly to The Farmstead.
When is it open?
The Farmstead season is Sept 20 – Nov 2, 2013.
Daily hours are as follows:
Monday –Thursday 4 pm – 9 pm
Friday 4 pm – 11 pm
Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
While we don’t kick patrons out of the MAiZE at closing time, we will start pointing you in the right direction. We typically stop selling tickets 30 minutes prior to closing.
We open for school field trips during the weekdays by appointment only.
How much does it cost?
Farmstead Admission is $8.95 on Monday-Thursday and $10.95 on Friday and Saturday. Age 2 and under are free of charge. Almost all the attractions are included, just a few activities cost a few dollars more.
The Field of Screams is open on Friday and Saturday nights in October and requires a Scream Pass. The price for the scream pass is $15.95.
Do you charge Sales Tax?
Yes, Idaho State Sales Tax is collected in addition to the admission prices and pumpkin sales. Food prices already include the tax.
What is included in the price?
The Farmstead Admission includes all the fun! That’s right… even the jumping pillow, cow train, MAiZE, and hayrides are ALL included. The only activities that require an additional charge are pony rides, the corn cannon/pumpkin blaster, and The Creature.
The Scream Pass includes everything in the general admission, plus one trip through the Field of Screams.
What forms of payment do you take?
We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards.
Do you close for rain?
The Farmstead is an all outdoor activity and subject to the weather. We can handle a little rain, but if it gets too rainy we have to close. Check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheFarmstead) for real-time updates on any weather related closures.
Do you give refunds if it starts to rain?
We do not offer refunds, but if your visit is rained out part way through, we are happy to offer you a voucher to come back on a nicer day.
How big is the MAiZE?
The MAiZE and the Field of Screams are cut into 18 acres of corn.
How long does it take to get through the MAiZE?
Well this, of course, depends on your choices. Our experience is that most people enjoy 45 minutes to 1 hour of getting lost and we shoot for that as the average time. We have broken the MAiZE into two phases, so you have the option of completing one or both parts, depending on your skill and patience. Of course, we do have corn cops to help you if you are completely corn-fused. Don’t worry, we won’t leave you out there!
We also have a very simple and short pathway for little tikes who want the experience of the corn but primarily enjoy the other activities.
How do you make the MAiZE?
It has taken lots of practice….16 years of it to be exact! Our process starts with a concept, which we plan out path-by-path on a computer. We plant the field of corn as usual and, with a lot of head-scratching and elbow-grease, we cut out the pathways—preferably when the corn is still fairly short. Our particular process is somewhat complicated, but we use simple geometry, measurements, and intuition to create the finished image with the pathways.
How scary is The Field of Screams?
We do not recommend The Field of Screams for small children—after all, our goal is to make you scream! Every person is different, so we leave ages to the discretion of parents. We do avoid unnecessary gore or gruesome scenes, however, the experience involves characters lurking in the corn, chainsaws, fog, strobe lights, and lots of startles! For younger children or the faint of heart, we recommend the regular maze, which is always available.
What do you do with the corn at the end of the season?
Our corn is harvested each year for cattle feed along with the rest of the corn on our farm. Unlike humans, cows eat the corn after it is good and dry, which means it is perfect for harvesting after the maze season.
Can I eat the corn?
Well, you could but it would not taste very good. The corn we plant for the MAiZE is well suited to cattle feed, so it is not as sweet and tender as the corn you are used to eating. We do grow our own sweet corn in a separate patch, which we sell as roasted corn at The Farmstead.
How big is the Pumpkin Patch?
We currently grow about 14 acres of pumpkins. This year we have more than 30 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and indian corn so you are sure to find one that strikes your fancy!
Is there food available at The Farmstead?
You better believe it! We serve a variety of grill food, fresh roasted sweet corn, and lots of goodies. Bring your appetite!
Can I bring my own food to The Farmstead?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food, desserts, Birthday Cake, or whatever your group needs. (No Alcohol, please) We do not, however, have electrical capacity for crock pots or water pots, nor do we allow cooking on site.
Can I bring my pet?
While we love animals, unfortunately we cannot allow pets at The Farmstead. Service animals are excepted, of course.
Is the MAiZE wheelchair / stroller accessible?
Many people bring wheelchairs and strollers through The MAiZE and the other attractions at The Farmstead. You should be aware that each phase of the MAiZE has a bridge, which is not accessible to wheeled vehicles. Also, the ground tends to be uneven and bumpy in places. That being said, if you are up for the adventure we say, “Come on out!”