There’s no other place like it. With a corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower field, and future apple picking, Pick’n Patch has it all.
Pick’n Patch is a family-owned and operated farm in Stanley, New York.
The family is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with a Josh Allen carved corn maze, inviting visitors to donate to the Patricia Allen Fund which supports the pediatric Critical Care Team at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.
Pick’n Patch brings family, fall, and fun to the Finger Lakes
Creating fall family fun since 1993
Andrew and Melanie Wickham are the owners of Pick’n Patch and started their family business in the early 90s.
“When Joe and I got married, one of the things that we wanted to do was raise our kids on a farm,” said Wickham.
“When that didn’t look like it was going to happen, we decided to start this little side hustle, called the Pick’n Patch, so that we could teach our kids how to run a business and that we could work together.”
Over the years they developed new attractions as their kids got older to consider older age groups. Now they have loads of attractions for all age groups from little kids to adults.
Corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and more
Pick’n Patch is more than just a pumpkin patch and corn maze.
“This year, our attractions are loaded. We have a bouncing pillow, a bouncing pad, we have a ropes course, a giant slide, kiddie train, fun house, ball zone, speed pitch, all kinds of activities down here for people,” said Drew Wickham.
This year’s biggest attraction features the family’s favorite football player, Josh Allen, with an eight-acre, two-mile-long corn maze in the shape of the quarterback.
“Every year we try to give back to the community in many different ways and we often try to find someone to partner with in our corn maze,” said Melanie Wickham on partnering with the Patricia Allen fund.
“It just seemed like a really good partnership and a really good fit this year to focus on helping those families and those kids. That’s what we do. We provide an opportunity for families to play together and make memories.”
Next year, the farm is hoping to open its own apple orchard with more than 2000 trees and a variety of 20 different apples.
Movie nights, pumpkin carving, and cider
Pick’n Patch also hosts a couple of free movie nights with a midnight maze, as well as a new event this year called sip and carve.
“We have two movie nights, this year. One, this Friday, September 23rd and then another one, Friday, October 7, and everyone loves our night maze. We do that in conjunction with the two movie nights, and this year there will be fireworks after the movies,” said Melanie Wickham.
“We do a sip and carve event and that’s October 19, we do that after hours. So we’re just really trying to celebrate this business that this community has supported for 30 years. We like to give back and we like to have fun.”
Before watching the movie, you can buy Pick’n Patch’s homemade donuts, kettle corn, maple cotton candy and caramel apples. There’s also food and drinks from local Finger Lakes companies like apple cider from Red Jacket Orchards, and coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters.
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