A Little About Our Farm & Family...
The current farmstead has been in the Gaeddert family for over 75 years. It was first established in 1880 by Mr. Ben Buhler of whose family the nearby town is named after. In 1930, it was purchased by Frank & Katherine Gaeddert who thought it would be the perfect place to raise their future six children and continue the path of farming.
The farm has endured the hardships of the Great Depression, the dust bowl of the 1930's and the farm crisis of the 1980's. Through hard work and some creative ingenuity the farm has not only survived, but thrived.
The farm was purchased by Frank & Katherine's son and his wife, Leon & Ruth Gaeddert, in 1967. Since that time, they have made many physical changes to the farm but the basic love for farming and country life remains the same.
In 1969 and again in 1972 two daughters, Julie & Tonya, were added to the family. In 1994, Tonya married Brent Martisko and have added four children to the family. In 2011 Julie married Torrey Ball.
A Little About Our Maze...
The corn maze concept for our family began back in 1997 when Brent & Tonya Martisko were living in Minnesota, Brent's home state. They visited a friend's corn maze and thought that would be fun to do themselves someday. The next year, Tonya's sister, Julie Gaeddert, came to visit and they went to the same maze again. After that trip, they all knew that this new corn maze phenomenon was something that they needed to bring to the state of Kansas.
So, in 1999, the three of them, together with their parents, Leon & Ruth Gaeddert, put their heads together to envision what this new attraction would entail. And what happened in that first year was truly aMAZEing! To our excitement on opening day, people actually came to our maze!! We had no idea what to expect.
After the success of that first year, Brent & Tonya quit their jobs as an accountant and social worker in MN and moved to KS. Julie quit her job as an accountant in Wichita and moved closer to home as well. We all wanted to be back out in the country again, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.
Each year we think of new designs for our corn maze and create each one ourselves. We thank God for giving us the ability to create such an enjoyable and entertaining attraction.
We welcome you to our farm and hope you find as much enjoyment in it as we have had in making it.
Thanks for coming out!!
The Gaeddert & Martisko & Ball Families