Fall Harvest Time

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It’s Fall Harvest time at Maple Lawn Farms!

It’s the best time of the year at Maple Lawn Farms! Come out to the farm to shop, pick, taste, and play! It’s apple and pumpkin picking time. It’s also time for the corn maze and other fun attractions at our Maze Fun Park. Don’t miss this special time of year! Come experience fun at the farm!

Fall Harvest Hours

Farm Market & Orchards:
Monday – Saturday 8AM-6PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM

Bakery:
Saturday 8AM-6PM
Sunday 1PM-7PM

Wine Tasting:
Saturday 12PM-5PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM
(More Info: MapleLawnWinery.com)

Maize Quest Corn Maze & Fun Park:
Saturday 10AM-6PM
Sunday 1PM-7PM

Starting Sept 17th:
Friday – Saturday 10AM-10PM
Sunday 1PM-7PM
(More Info: MazeFunPark.com)

Only two weekends left – “It’s always somebody.”

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Big Pumpkin field
Get days this weekend for picking pumpkins Fri & Sat are the LAST CHANCE.
Life on the Farm – “It’s always somebody.”

Just two weeks to go for the Fall Harvest season. Yep, November 8th, we close the Farm Market & Maize Quest Corn Maze & Fun Park. Seems like only yesterday we were interviewing new employees for the team, but it was July.
As we prepare to bid our guests farewell for the season, it makes me realize how much I’ll miss the crew of Mazemasters, Donutmasters, Marketmasters and Orchardmasters who help make our farm the warm, inviting place it is.
No matter how many attractions we add, the experience comes down to people. You might say, “It’s always somebody.”
Somebody welcomes you. When you arrive and get your tickets, somebody welcomes you. While I’d love to welcome each guest myself, I can’t possibly do it without friendly teens and adults who work here to help you.
Somebody cooks for you. Our bakery & donut crew is the largest, most cross-trained team we’ve ever had and they’ve put out more apple cider donuts, pies and dumplings than ever.
Somebody cares for you. Whether on a ride, like our new Hidden Gem Railroad, checking out your treats in the market, learning on a school tour in the orchard or getting your video introduction in for the corn maze, our team is caring for you. Answering questions, making change, stocking sodas, checking tractors – they do it all.
I’m really thankful you are our guests.
YOU make our dream of operating this family farm possible.
  1. APPLES: Final weekend in the orchard! York, Stayman, Rome, Smoothee, Red Chief, Empire, JonaGold for apple picking in the orchard.
  2. PUMPKINS: Buy 1, Get 1 Pumpkin Blowout! Pumpkin Express Wagon Rides are FREE starting Fri-Sat at 11AM, just pay for the pumpkins you pick: $.75 per pound, but NO PUMPKIN costs more than $12, no matter how BIG!
  3. SAVE on Maize Quest Tickets and experience our newest attraction the Hidden Gem Railroad Trackless Train Ride. [CLICK HERE]
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Life on the Farm – “Worth 1,000 words?”

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Eric Big Pumpkin
Life on the Farm – “Worth 1,000 words?”

Hi,

We’ve always been total “A picture is worth a 1,000 words”, but is that really true? This week, I’d like to find out what you think.
Picture people: We are holding a Photo contest for Maize Quest tickets. Load your best photos from Maize Quest, the pumpkin patch, the apple orchard or enjoying the bakery. (We’ll share the pics on Facebook and maybe in a future email.)
Word people: You’ve read a bunch of musings from a short, bald farmer. Ever wonder why? I think words are powerful and I’d love to hear what’s important to your family. Write me back, Word People! (We’ll share your musings about the farm, family and your Fall traditions.)
The case for Pictures. Visual images are captivating. Their power seems derived from their ability to communicate emotion instantaneously. They are a moment frozen in time that allows us to imagine ourselves in that moment, too.
The case for Words. Words are magical. I particularly like the spoken word. One of my products feats as a father was reading the entire Harry Potter series to my son Ian, all 4,000 pages of it, complete with character voices a la Jim Daily. Words are magical. Close your eyes and words allow your mind to form the picture that is precisely right for you.
So, which are you?Pictures or Words?
Is a picture worth a thousand words or can a thousand words create amazing pictures in your mind?
I’d love to know what you think. If you want to super-charge your senses, come to the farm this weekend. Sights, colors, sounds, smells, visual feasts and actual feasts await you.
At Maple Lawn Farms & Maize Quest we don’t have customers, we only have guests. As our guest, you’ll get some great pictures of your family. Mark my words.
See you soon on the farm,
Hugh
PS This weekend is going to be a “classic”. Crisp, cool and October sunny. you never know what might happen next weekend, so get here while you can. Get directions [CLICK].

Life on the Farm- “You just never know.”

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It’s Fall Y’all! Great weather Sat-Sun-Mon, spend family time on the farm.
Eric Big Pumpkin
Beautiful sunset over the Pumpkin Shed.
Things to Know this Week:
  1. APPLES: Granny Smith, York, Stayman, Rome, Smoothee, Red Chief, Empire, Fuji, JonaGold for apple picking in the orchard. Just $15 per half-bushel. PUMPKINS: Pumpkin Express Wagon Rides are FREE starting Fri-Sat at 11AM, just pay for the pumpkins you pick: $.75 per pound, but NO PUMPKIN costs more than $12, no matter how BIG!
Life on the Farm: “You just never know.”

Hi,

What a crazy time of year. On the farm when it’s harvest time, you still have all the other work to do and you have to harvest all the crops. During this time, it’s akin to being “in the Red Zone” 24/7. You just never know what’s going to happen.

This past week alone, we had hurricane threat, a long-time church friend pass away, clarinet lessons, (I’m writing this before we leave for..) soccer practice, social media posts to share, CSA boxes to pack, construction to supervise, supplies to pick-up, a family to feed, kids’ homework to check – you just never know what’s going to happen.

So what do you do when you don’t know what’s going to happen?

Step 1. Prepare as best you can. We knew rain was coming. We knew we wouldn’t be selling hundreds of baskets of apples and hundreds of tickets, so we enacted our plan to reduce hours and staff, update our communications with our guests and make wise decisions based on staff and guest safety. Sure, we weren’t busy in the rain, but we minimized the impact on our staff and guests.

Step 2. Stay positive. In farming, you live by the weather which happens to be completely out of your control. We know rain is a bummer for everyone, but we’ll be open next weekend and the sunshine will be back. The sun will (actually) come out tomorrow!

Step 3. Keep your eyes on the prize. At Maize Quest, we don’t have a Mission Statement, we have a mantra: “Make People Happy.” That’s it. That’s the mission, the filter for choices, the guiding light for our business and our staff. When a situation comes up, we evaluate the response with “What will make people happy?” We often say, “It doesn’t matter how you feel, it’s what you do that matters.” We are going to take care of each and everyone of you, our farm guests, no matter what.

So here we are, a week after the big rain event. The apples are still on the trees, the corn maze looks great, the fields are dried out, the cool weather is great for hot chocolate, the pumpkins are freshly washed.

We can’t possibly know what next weekend will bring, BUT this weekend looks great with sunny weather Sat-Sun-Mon.

Are you ready for a break?
Get lost with your family on the farm.
Get lost from the hassles.
Get lost from the over-scheduled schedules.
Get lost from the hustle and bustle to breathe clean air, walk the stalks, eat from the trees and sample treats in the market.

Purposefully take the time, choose to use your time to unplug from the world and escape together, just for one day this weekend.

You just never know what next week will bring.

See you soon on the farm,
Hugh
PS Need a farm field trip for your learning adventure? Groups are booking right now. Email Michelle at michelle@cornmaze.com or call her 717-495-1759. Over a dozen groups booked last week alone and time slots are going fast! Learn more about groups at Maize Quest [CLICK HERE]
PPS We almost never have a good crop of Granny Smith Apples, but this year is exceptional. Granny Smith will SELL OUT of the orchard, likely by Monday, so if you like the tartest apple out there, get here soon 🙂
Maize Quest Open Every Weekend!

What’s FUN at the Fun Park?

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Hugh, The Maze Master

Do you choose… adventure?

Do you choose… adventure?
Eric Big Pumpkin
Beautiful look into the rain forest.
3 Things to Know this Week:
  1. Mac, Smoothee, Red Chief, Empire, Fuji, JonaGold for apple picking in the orchard. Just $15 per half-bushel. Mr. Allen is in the gazebo with baskets. Early pickers get the BIG Pumpkins! Pumpkin Express Wagon Rides are FREE starting Fri-Sat at 11AM, just pay for the pumpkins you pick: $.75 per pound, BUT NO PUMPKIN costs more than $12, no matter how BIG!
  2. Maize Quest OPEN Friday 10AM-10PM, Saturday 10am-10PM with Flashlight Nights, Sun 1PM-7PM. Fruit picking everyday Mon-Sat 8AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM – Last Orchard entry hour before closing.
  3. SAVE on Maize Quest Tickets and experience our newest attraction the Hidden Gem Railroad Trackless Train Ride. [CLICK HERE]
Life on the Farm: “Fun is a choice.”

Hi, Hugh,

Ever know someone who couldn’t manage to have a good time anywhere?
Ever know someone who had a good time anywhere she went?
Yep. You know them both. Maybe you are one of these characters. Perhaps you are somewhere in-between. The key here is that your choices are much more important than your circumstances. Whether or not you have fun each day, at an event, with your family, during some quiet retiring time – it is all your own personal choice.
Circumstances are things that happen around you. Though choices help create circumstance, to a large degree, you can’t control your circumstances. The weather, for instance, is completely out of your control.
Reactions to your circumstances are completely under your control. You may disagree heartily with a retort such as, “My mother-in-law makes me so mad I have to yell at her!” But, you’d be listing reactions that are actually under your control. You technically, do not have to yell at her, but you let yourself do it anyway.
Complaining is a reaction, and an inefficient one. Complaining is a typical reaction to challenging circumstances. We all like to complain because it unloads some of our frustration on the listener. We feel better. Typical, the listener does not.
Why I am writing about this now. I can’t change the weather. Friday night, we just had to close. Tough to do when you are only open for business for a limited season, but I went home, enjoyed dinner with the kids and watched a family movie snuggled up on the couch.
That’s the best I could do out of bad weather circumstances. In my younger days, I would have been fraught with indecision and racked with worry over the financial implications. Now that I’m older, I’ll steal that extra Fall night with my kids and figure the finances will work themselves out without me worrying about it.
So, yes it has rained.
Yea! It has stopped.
We are OPEN for you to enjoy time with your family this weekend Saturday ’til 10PM and Sun 1PM-7PM. The wind is drying things out and the pumpkins are freshly washed. The corn maze pathways are packed down, so you aren’t going to sink into mud.
Dress for adventure, hop in the car, enjoy easy access to attractions and choose your own adventure this weekend at Maize Quest. 
A happy crew of farm staff and an unusually well-rested Mazemaster are here to take good care of you 🙂
See you soon on the farm,
Farmer Hugh

PS I actually love my mother-in-law. It was just an example. You’re the best, Jane 🙂

Maple Lawn Farms & Maize Quest – “As young as you can, as long as you can.”

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The BIG pumpkins go FIRST! Get here early to pick.
Eric Big Pumpkin
Early pickers get the BIG ones! Checkout this family’s haul. Pumpkin Express Wagon Rides are FREE starting Fri-Sat at 11AM, just pay for the pumpkins you pick: $.75 per pound, BUT NO PUMPKIN costs more than $12, no matter how BIG!
3 Things to Know this Week:
  1. Mac, Smoothee, Red Chief, Empire, Fuji, JonaGold for apple picking in the orchard. Just $15 per half-bushel. Mr. Allen is in the gazebo with baskets!
  2. Maize Quest OPEN Friday 10AM-10PM, Saturday 10am-10PM with Flashlight Nights, Sun 1PM-7PM. Fruit picking everyday Mon-Sat 8AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM – Last Orchard entry hour before closing.
  3. SAVE on Maize Quest Tickets and experience our newest attraction the Hidden Gem Railroad Trackless Train Ride. [CLICK HERE]
Life on the Farm: “As young as you can, as long as you can.”
On top of every thing you have to do in a week, you still need to parent your children. Wait, strike that, reverse it. During this hectic week we stumbled into some very typical “kids growing up and dealing with issues” moments. It led me to revisit a premise upon which my wife and I whole-heartedly agree: “Keep them as young as you can, as long as you can.”
Dress code. I have a fashionista daughter, who by some miracle of wife, church and modesty, has not yet fallen prey to Justice, booty shorts, and “Princess Butt” sweatpants.
For some reason, as boys shorts keep getting longer and they pull their socks up to meet the bottom of their shorts, girls are pushed into “adult revealing clothes”, though most adult women I know, wouldn’t where stuff like that.
Keep the dress code, young as possible, as long as possible.
Media. Please, we don’t even have an Xbox and we have one TV in the house. We’re not Amish, but we’re too busy to watch hours of media each day. Video games are monitored, devices aren’t allowed in rooms, the computer stays in the kitchen we’re we can see it. Don’t fall for “Everyone else is playing/watching/listening to…” Our rocking family nights are more “So You Think You Can Dance” than “Call of Duty VI”.
Keep the media inputs as young as possible, as long as possible.
Family time. I love this time of year, because we see so many familiar faces. After 19 seasons in the maze and longer on the farm, we have watched families grow up in the orchards. I saw a great, long-time visiting family this weekend; just happened to run into them before they left.
Both 20-something sons have full-time jobs, parents are busy with their lives, but they prioritize time together as a family. They were smiling, laughing and joking because one soon had been in a severe auto accident a few months ago and had a concussion, so they brought him to test him in the maze!
They were having good, old fashioned fun together as they had for over a decade at the farm.
They are staying young together, enjoying time together, as long as they can.
I know this email might sound a bit preachy, but this is what’s happening now, in my 40-year-old life. Am I way off base here?
This is a beautiful weekend, apples are ready, pumpkins are ripe, the Fun Park & Amazon Corn Maze are ready for your family. Call a time out on your hectic life and escape to the farm.
If you’d like to keep your kids, kids a little longer, no matter how they are, nothing beats some Fall fun on the farm.
See you soon on the farm,
Hugh

“Why people love pumpkins.”

 

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Late-night pumpkin scouting for GIANT pumpkins!
Life on the Farm
By Farmer Hugh

Sign of the season. Nothing says Fall like pumpkins, but why? It’s a cross between the orange color, the forest of thick green leaves and vines that slowly turns brown as the nights get cooler.

Leaves are changing color, too, and there is a rhythm of life in all of us that responds to the seasonal change. We feel the changing season. We start to prepare our houses for winter. We snuggle up together when, just a few weeks ago, we were pushing each other away in the heat.

Think about it. The first pumpkins you saw on someone’s porch gave you an internal reaction to “nest”; to prepare; to gather your family in preparation for winter.

Signal of plenty. Pumpkins are all sizes, but nothing says “successful growing season” like a BIG one. It never ceases to amaze me how BIG pumpkins get, with more than one on a vine. Each vine came from just one seed, but oh how they produce!

Our patch is literally bursting with pumpkins. They are in the driveways, busting out from the edges, and entangled in the corn stalk border we planted. I had two boys walking in front of the mower saving pumpkins before I could get the tractor through to mow the grass to make way for the pumpkin express.

If you want to see the harvest of plenty, get to the patch this weekend. We have 40lb+ WHITE pumpkins growing in the field. We have 10 ACRES (think about the lot on which your house is built, then multiply) of LIVING, GROWING pumpkins ON THE VINE. We didn’t bring these in, they grew in the field.

You are part of this harvest of plenty, and quite frankly we need your help. There is NO WAY we could pick all these pumpkins ourselves. We need you.

Fruit with personality. The most wondrous thing about pumpkins is that, somehow, they have personality. I have seen tens of thousands of people choose, select, pick out, decide upon their pumpkins and quite honestly, it’s more like an adoption process.

“Which one do you want to take home, honey?”
“No that one’s not the one, mom. I’m still looking.”
“Yes, dear, that’s a porch pumpkin, but we need a warty one for the dining room table display.”
“Oh, sweety, won’t these 5 look nice together?”
“Yes, but we just need to get one of those flat one’s. I just love those.”
“Jimmy always has to get the biggest one out here doesn’t he?”
“No kids, you get your own pumpkins, Daddy is looking for the TallMan pumpkin like last year.”

Pumpkins are so unique, we connect with them.

“What kind of pumpkin are you looking for?”
“I’ll know it when I see it.”

Isn’t that always the case? We know it when we see it. What’s that mean? That means that when we see the right pumpkin, something inside of us will react emotionally to the pumpkin; something will “click”.

I’ve seen it a zillion times and it’s why we go to all the trouble to grow 10 acres (which is an insane amount, probably over 100,000 pumpkins) for you.

Why? Because when it “clicks” for you; when you find your perfect pumpkin, it “clicks” for us, too.

Harvest season is here and the patch opens this weekend. Sure you have a few weeks, but everyone goes for the big ones first, so get here if you can!

See you soon on the farm,
Farmer Hugh

PS Neighbors & farm buddies Harry, Heather & Dawson from DeHoff Farms have sent over some of their prize winning pumpkins for a limited-time display in our NEW Pumpkin Corral. You can guess the weight of a pumpkin so big, we had to use the forklift to put it in place. Get some pictures with it, too!

Maple Lawn Farms – When does that ripen?

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Farmer Paul checking the Red Delicious apples. He does a lot of checking to make sure the crops are healthy and well watered for you.
We are fruit farmers – for YOU!
We believe in opening up our farm to guests like you. That’s why you can pick EVERY crop we grow directly from the tree, bush or vine that grew it. You know that tree-ripened, picked fresh is the way to get “the good stuff”
Here’s a guide for you to plan your visits to the farm for “the good stuff”:
Mid-June – Sweet Cherries
Late-June – Sour Cherries & Blueberries
Mid-July – Cling Peaches & Apricots
Late-July – Freestone Peaches – Our specialty!
Early August – Early Apples & MASSIVE Peach crop picking
Labor Day Weekend – Maize Quest Corn Maze & Fun Park Opens
Early September – Big-Time Apples
Late-September – Pumpkin Picking
Early October – MASSIVE Apple & Pumpkin crop picking
Oct-November – Fall Harvest Celebration with Maize Quest, Apples, Pumpkins, Group Tours, Bakery, Cider & TONS to do, pick, & EAT!
The best way to connect and stay up to date is on our facebook page at:
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See you soon on the farm,
Farmer Hugh