This Bay Area Pumpkin Patch Has a Big Surprise for Passing Aircraft

The Bay Area has plenty of pumpkin patches, and many have awesome corn mazes. But one East Bay pumpkin patch takes its corn maze in a totally different direction.

For over a decade, G&M Farms in Livermore, California has built a corn maze that’s not just for visitors. 

Their maze also conceals a big surprise for passing aircraft that would make M. Night Shyamalan proud. Read on.

The G&M Farms Pumpkin Patch

Like many Bay Area pumpkin patches, G&M Farms opens up in October and runs through the holidays. 

It’s a fantastic place to take kids. Not only do they have the classic pumpkin picking experience (complete with little red wagons to haul your pumpkins home), but they also have a wide range of activities and addons that make this more like a mini theme park.

Those include:

  • Food trucks on the weekends
  • A big bouncy air bag thing that kids can run around on
  • A “cow train” that pulls you through the fields
  • Hay rides with a vintage tractor
  • Pony rides for littler kids (60 pound limit)

There’s tons to do.

The Unique Corn Maze

But there’s also something else that sets G&M Farms apart. The farm is located right next to Livermore’s municipal airport.

So when the farm builds its annual corn maze–which visitors can explore–it also does something unique. The farm carves an intricate design into the field, creating a complex picture that’s only visible from the air.

G&M’s corn maze, seen from the sky. Credit G&M Farms.

This isn’t a mere fancy circle or basic logo, either. G&M’s corn designs are intricate and detailed. This year’s design includes the farm’s logo, as well as the text “We Make Memories” and a character consisting of a personified ear of corn.

It’s like the crop circles from an M. Night Shyamalan movie, but 100x more complex!

The farm changes up its design each year. Inside the barn at G&M you can see a photo gallery of over a decade’s worth of designs.

Visitors won’t see the design from the ground. But passing planes can see it clearly as they fly overhead.

It’s a cool way to advertise G&M, and to make their corn maze into something truly special.

The intricacy of the design also makes the corn maze incredibly challenging. Budget at least 40 minutes to complete it. Or maybe call in some air support to help you find your way out.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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