Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, Washington is operated by Bob and Sarah Ricci.
Bob's great grandfather homesteaded this area in 1888, and it was nearly 100 years later that Bob's dad planted a small strip of sweet corn, and told 9-year-old Bob that he could sell the corn at a small stand at the side of the road.
Bob's small business slowly grew over the years until the time came for him to go off to college in Pullman. He drove home every weekend during the fall (with the exception of home Cougar football games!)
After graduation, he returned home and expanded to wholesaling his corn to Safeway grocery stores.
This was a great deal of work on top of running the dairy with his dad—they were a dairy farm until 2001 when Bob's father made the tough decision to sell the cows. This turned into a blessing in disguise.
Bob added a pumpkin patch and a corn maze that same year, and turned the calf barn built in 1898 into a country store.
This was a fantastic improvement over the little corn stand they had used for the previous 15 years.
However without the dairy, Bob had to get a full time job off the farm.
Bob and Sarah were married, and decided that he would need to work both jobs for maybe 2-3 years until the farm operation could support them. A funny thing happened during those next few years. Bob says, "We kept having one daughter after another!”.
Each time they had a new baby girl, Bob would tell his employer that they had him for at least another year. He just couldn't dare leave a good job with full medical and dental!
Well, nearly 8 years and 5 daughters later, Bob finally was able to leave that job on April 30, 2009.
Today Bob and Sarah are raising 5 daughters on the farm and loving every minute of it. Speaking for the family, Bob says "We look forward to visiting with you and your family—come and enjoy this beautiful land with us. If you have never met us before make sure you introduce yourself next time you are in."