Created in 1993 by Drew and Melanie Wickham, the Pick'n Patch was originally conceived as a way to teach their 4 children how to run a business and raise them on a farm. The opening season they offered families pumpkins, fall decorations, a straw maze, rhymies (nursery rhymes built with pumpkin heads) and farm animals. Much of the business was on the honor system. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
It was obvious that families in the Finger Lakes embraced the opportunity to make memories, create traditions and enjoy fall farm fun, so the Wickham’s embraced the challenge to grow and expand the Pick’n Patch.
Listening to their family’s needs and the visitors desire for more fun , the Wickham's added a kiddie train ride and small corn maze and the s tage was set for expansion on a yearly basis. As the children grew, so did the ideas. They began to make suggestions, design new attractions and even create the corn mazes. Once the children started having children their own experiences have brought new ideas to life!
Daughter Sam was the original train conductor, "All Aboard" and "All off at the Pick'n Patch Stations, have a nice day!" are her trademark. Sons Tim and Ben took over management of the corn maze. And the fun house attraction was added so the youngest son, Dan, had a job to call his own. The Wickham's continue to offer new experience and create fall fun for Finger Lakes families. As their family grows so do the Pick'n Patch attractions. Realizing teenagers are looking for fall fun (the kiddie train ride just wasn't their speed...) they took a leap into the world of GIANT corn mazes. And they've continued down that path of offering older family fun with their 8 - acre corn maze and corn cannon.
Refreshments, local products, and SPOOKLEY the square pumpkin merchandise make a trip to the Pick'n Patch a one of a kind experience. Find out more about SPOOKLEY at www.spookley.com.
The family grows with the addition of spouses and grandchildren and the jobs change but the goal of providing unique, high quality farm products with first - rate family fun never will. The Wickham family invites you to join them for another memorable season at the Pick'n Patch.