MERIDIAN, Idaho — For the last 17 years, Linder Farms has provided family-friendly entertainment by hosting a pumpkin patch every fall.
This will be their final year as the Feist family plans to retire and sell the farm's land.
"My husband said let's start with a little small pumpkin patch," said Sherrie Fiest, one of the owners. "Our youngest kid was two, our oldest was ten, so I said sure, let's start there."
Sherrie credits her husband, Randy, with the vision of creating attractions and making the pumpkin patch into the large scale entertainment zone it is today.
After 17 years this will be the final year for the pumpkin patch at Linder Farms. Tonight we talk with the owners who reflect on all the memories while also providing insight into their COVID-19 precautions. pic.twitter.com/7MkogSLnx6— Idaho News 6 (@IdahoNews6) October 16, 2020
The farm is open Monday - Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Linder Farms recommends that people looking to enjoy the farm with fewer people should try to come on the weekdays.
The fall festival also features guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, they ask guests to bring a mask and social distance.
"Out here on the farm, it is really easy, but when they ride the hayride, that is a little harder," said Feist. "So bring a mask just in case, we don't want anyone to get sick, we want people to stay healthy, but we want people to be able to breathe as well."
The farm has several attractions to entertain all ages, including their giant corn maze, a hayride with the price of admission, animals, and several things that kids can climb and play on.
The fall festival's future remains in doubt, but the owners say they hope to sell or lease the land to someone who wants to continue this tradition because so many memories have been made on the farm.
"A big thank you to the Treasure Valley and all the people who have made this what it is, thank you for helping us make memories," said Feist.