Hickory Creek Farms
Pumpkin patch provides family fun on the farm in McCune
Ruth Zimmerman unfurls a map on the floor of her family’s farmhouse kitchen. On it is a hand-drawn, intricate design of twists and turns, dreamt up by her son Will. It’s the basis for this year’s corn maze at Hickory Creek Farms – and it just might be the farm’s most challenging maze to date.
“Originally, we went into doing designs, but we realized we can make it a lot more complicated if we just go out and put random paths in the field,” says Steve Zimmerman, fifth-generation farmer and husband to Ruth. “Our son has done it the last two years, and he does a good job; last year we had people say it was pretty difficult!”
The corn maze is indeed a popular feature of Hickory Creek Farms – for some, anyway. (Ruth says she’s seen a few moms “walk in and walk right back out.”) But the Zimmermans pride themselves on offering a little something for everyone at Hickory Creek Farms, which operates for six weeks each fall on the family’s Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm outside of McCune. The cornerstone of the business, of course, is its six-acre pumpkin patch, maintained by Steve, Ruth and their five kids…
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