Great Outdoors: Ru-Ridge Produce and Corn Maze

CARLTON, Minn. —

Angela Line loves her life out in the country.

Her farm in Carlton has now become fun for more than just her family.

“We’ve wanted to do this for many many years,” Line says. “We quit milking a few years ago – a year and a half ago.  So we needed to diversify.”

Just in time for autumn the Ru-Ridge Produce and Corn Maze is open.

So ‘tis the season to get lost on the farm

“To plant eight acres of corn can be endeavor,” Line said.  “But we farm anyways so it’s something that we’re equipped for.”

They planted the corn back in the spring, and now this sprawling maze is the big ticket for the fall season.

“It’s been amazing,” Line said.  “I love working with all the little kids and the families and we’ve had many families come back a second and a third time already.”

The corn maze takes about an hour to complete…if you’re lucky.

And once you’re on the farm, you can paint a pumpkin, play with the animals, or send the kids through the straw bale maze, and just soak in that fall feeling.

“I really enjoyed the corn maze – it was I think bigger than some other ones we’ve been to,” said Barb Francis, a teacher with the FACE Program at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School.  “It was really fun to go in there and try not to get lost.”

The FACE Program gives learning opportunities to Native Americans from prenatal through adulthood, and visiting the corn maze was just the chance to bring everyone together.

“Everybody plays with everybody,” Francis said.  “And everybody watches everybody’s kids.  We’re just one big family that comes together.”

And it’s that sense of family that Angela says will motivate the farm to make this a yearly tradition.

“The joy I get from watching them have fun on the farm and spending their time out here – it makes it worth every penny,” she said.

Ru-Ridge Produce and Corn Maze is located on County Road 1 in Carlton.

They’re open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Corn and weather permitting they plan to stay open until the end of October.