DRIVE-THRU Local Food & BBQ Festival 5/22-23

7 FARMS UNITE FOR OUR LAST SPRING FESTIVAL

Working together to bring you the “Backyard Grill & Party Box”

What a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends in agriculture. A farm will keep one busy enough that it takes a shock to the system to get you to pause and take stock.

Dumping milk. Plowing under veggies. Barn weddings cancelled. This crisis has us all trying something new and reaching out to each other for support.

That brings us to our FINAL Spring Festival we’re calling the “Local Food & BBQ Drive-Thru.” We reached out yet again and partnered with 7 farms to bring you good home cookin’, fresh produce, and local food for your Memorial Day weekend.

Meet the Farmers

GK Wilt Farms for Local Beef, New Park, PA (pictured here) – Quick-frozen, local beef processed at Godfrey’s USDA certified butcher shop in Loganville becomes quarter-pounder burger patties for your grill. 

Country View Creamery, Brogue, PA – On-site dairy processing makes delicious raw-milk, aged cheeses.

Maple Lawn Farms & Maple Lawn Winery, New Park, PA – Grab pies, dumplings, cookies, and a selection of wines & hard cider for your Memorial Day weekend.

Pondview Farms, Norrisville, MD – Take home a fresh, HOT 1/2 Chicken BBQ meal with applesauce & baked potato. 

Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Bel Air, MD – Home-made ice cream pints provide a dessert treat. 

Plus our out-of-state partners in Georgia:
Corbett Bros., Lake Park, GA – Zucchini for grilling and salads.

Fly-over the Sunflowers at Maple Lawn Farms

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Full Details:

Maple Lawn Farms Sunflower & Peaches Weekend

Who:

Maple Lawn Farms, Maple Lawn Winery & Maize Quest Corn Maze & Fun Park

What:

The farmers at Maple Lawn Farms planted 5-acres, or approximately 5 football fields of sunflowers. In one section, it’s planted full of the classic yellow sunflowers that will mature at about 5 feet tall. In another 2 acres, visitors get to see 10-12 different varieties that display the wide spectrum of sizes and colors in ornamental sunflowers.

Why:

“Sunflowers are symbols of positive thoughts, feelings and create a happy atmosphere,” says Hugh McPherson, Maize Quest’s Mazemaster. “They connect with people, and we want people to connect with farming on a personal level.”

When: Maple Lawn Winery Sneak Preview Event: Friday Aug 11, 2017 5PM-9PM

General Public Admission: Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM

Last ticket allowed ONE HOUR before closing. Fields closed at listed hours.

Details: The Sunflower Festival is an experience. All guests park at the farm market. Each ticket includes a wagon ride to the field of sunflowers. Guests spend as much time taking pictures, exploring around the field, and reading informational signs as they like. Each ticket includes one ‘stem’ or LIVE cut sunflower.

Parking is FREE.

After exploring the sunflowers, guests may enjoy ice cream, donuts, pies, fudge, cookies and more from the bakery and farm market. Food trucks are on site for lunch, snacks and dinner. Maple Lawn Winery is open for tastings and shopping Sat 12PM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM for guests over 21 years old.

Winery Sneak Preview Details: Friday Aug 11, 2017 5PM-9PM, Maple Lawn Winery is hosting a VIP wine tasting, LIVE music and food truck event. This event will be the FIRST opportunity to visit the Sunflower Fields via wagon ride, and is limited to 250 guests over 21 years old (I.D. required).

Maple Lawn Winery will be open for wine tastings and our outdoor event area offer space to enjoy dinner from the food trucks and beverages from the winery and local breweries while listening to live music.

Ticketing disclaimers: Ticketing is limited and MUST be purchased online to ensure admission to the event. Due to our capacity, we are strictly limiting ticket sales BY DAY to ensure every guest gets plenty of pictures in the sunflowers.

NOTE: Sunflowers are an agricultural crop and therefore subject to weather, growing conditions and ripening variables. We cannot guarantee that the sunflowers will bloom on a particular date, so prepare to be flexible by 7-10 days in your visit.

Stay tuned on Facebook. for up-to-the-minute plans. The event is an outdoor event and therefore held weather permitting. Should a complete crop failure arise, tickets will be exchanged for Maize Quest Corn Maze & Fun Park tickets OR a Maple Lawn Winery upcoming event OR for Maple Lawn Farms fruit and merchandise certificates. NO cash refunds.

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Pap-pap loved him some Burgundy Peaches

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He could pare a peach and keep the skin in a single piece.Pap-pap, as my kids called him, or Grandpa, as me and my sisters called him, was Alfred Spory. Grandma Evelyn and Al were quite a pair and they loved canning peaches. My kids only got to do it a few times before Pap-pap passed away, but what fun times they were.
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Maple Lawn Farms

Burgundy Peach Weekend:

Hey,

Pap-pap preferred Burgundy peaches. Because Burgundy peaches resist browning when you cut’em, which means you have more time to get them in a can, and this is Burgundy Peach Weekend.

This is always the week I think of Pap-pap and those canned peaches. Mason jars stacked neatly with peaches magically levitating off the glass bottom.

If you’d like memories like that, this is your week. Burgundy Peaches are in for this weekend and they ALWAYS sell out.

Here’s the game plan:

  1. Get a friend – Many hands make light the work, as Grandmother Mabel used to say.
  2. Stage the home with good counter top space.
  3. Get to the farm.
  4. Pick 2-4 baskets per family / couple.
  5. Sample a juicy peach in the orchard.
  6. Head back to the home with the counters.
  7. Turn on some music, relax, talk, share, pare and prepare the peaches.
  8. Can like crazy…

…and in ONE DAY, you can have peaches to last the winter!

I know ‘people don’t can anymore’, but since when did we tell our children to be like everybody else?!

Be a rebel. Can some peaches with your friends, dang it. Pap-pap would have loved to help. He loved him some Burgundy Peaches 🙂

See you at the farm,

Farmer Hugh

PS Need a tutorial?[CLICK HERE] Watch this video (you can tell this guy just loves peaches:-), it’s close to the way we did it with Pap-pap. Pap-pap really liked to dice the peaches for 3/4 of our canning, then do a few peach halves at the end. Enjoy!

PPS Note we DO NOT cook the peaches before paring – Keep it FRESH! Many videos online show pre-cooking, but just use tree-ripened peaches and you don’t need to pre-cook them.

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[Red, White & Blueberry] Personal Freedom, Local Loyalties.

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In 1775, the first Marines enlisted in the city of Philadelphia, carried drums painted yellow, depicting a coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles, and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me.”

Cherries, Blueberries & Ice Cream!

Orchard & Market Hours: Mon-Sat 8AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM

Winery Hours: Sat 12PM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM

July 4th, 2017:“Personal Freedom, Local Loyalties.”

I’ve been reading “Born Fighting” by James Webb, a look back at the history of Scots-Irish migration to, and contributions to America. As “Hugh McPherson”, you can’t get much more Scots-Irish that that, I was intrigued to learn more about my family’s heritage.

On this July 4th, I’ll share just 3 key ideas from the book that I believe apply to all of us, not only the Scots-Irish McPhersons, living in the greatest nation, not only in the world, but in history. These are the tent-poles of America’s success:

  1. Religious freedom. My ancestors were Scottish Presbyterians. Today, no one thinks of Presbyterians as a anything special or weird, but to the Catholic church and later the Anglican church, they were heretics to be persecuted. America is built upon, and today we must not lose sight of, the value of freedom of religion. Intolerance spawned battle upon battle in Scotland, Ireland and Great Britain splitting the [then] greatest country in the world. Let us not do it again, today.
  2. Personal freedom and a healthy distrust of government. The Scots were embroiled in an endless series of battles and wars. Emperor & King worked to subjugate Scotland all the way back to the time of the Romans. As a result, clan and family loyalties ran true and deep. No Scotsman trusted any government because every government had tried to enslave the Scots. We, too, need to have a strong, free press, a healthy distrust for government and resist the government’s control in our personal lives and choices today.
  3. Local loyalty. As the hard-bitten Scots-Irish, and many other immigrants, pushed ever-forward into the frontier lands, there were no services, often no towns and few roads. Families and neighbors had to stick together, work together and defend one another to survive in the harsh, untamed wilderness that was slowly becoming America. A decree from a far-off county seat was meaningless if you didn’t have enough food to make it through winter. Local loyalty, community, agriculture and a whole lot of faith built this country, one perilous inch at a time.

On this momentous celebration of our official Declaration of Independence, I hope you look both forward to the bright future that is surely possible, and back to the past events that have shaped this nation.

America has most certainly not gotten it right every time, but only America offers unparalleled opportunity to try, to fail, to succeed, to learn and to grow.

So, practice your religion freely, and let others do so as well.

Exercise the personal freedom to build your life in such a way as to shine light into the lives of others.

Maintain a healthy distrust of government and resist efforts to be controlled by central authority.

Work in your local community, buy from local farmers, run for local office and actively participate in America; this grandest of experiments, a beacon on a hill, whose wick was lit 240 years ago by the fire in those patriots yearning to be free.

Live freely, and God Bless America!

Farmer Hugh

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Blueberry Blitz Event

Blueberry Blitz at Maple Lawn Farms

Celebrate summer with us as blueberry picking season begins! Join us for this new event at Maple Lawn Farms:

June 25-26 & July 2-3, 2016
Saturday 10AM-4PM & Sunday 1PM-4PM
$7/person

Admission Includes:

  • Access to our Blueberry Patch for the first picking of the year
  • Train Rides for all ages at the Blueberry Patch
  • FRESH Blueberry Sundae hand-dipped in the farm market

 

PLUS, don’t miss our…

FRESH Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

July 2, 2016
Saturday 8-10AM
$10/person

  • Advance tickets required
  • Reserve by June 24th

Get your tickets now!

Use the form below to reserve your tickets and get get exclusive discounts including $2 off tickets for our annual Fresh Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on July 2nd.

“Things Grandmother told me.”

Pumpkins patch OPEN Sat | Big-Name Apples | Maize Quest Adventures | “Grandmother told me…” blog
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The BIG pumpkins go FIRST! Get here early to pick.
Eric Big Pumpkin
Eric found big pumpkins in the patch! Pumpkin Express Wagon Rides are FREE starting Saturday 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. Gala, Mac, Smoothee, Red Chief, Empire, Fuji, JonaGold for apple picking in the orchard. Mr. Allen is in the gazebo with baskets!
  2. Maize Quest OPEN Friday 10AM-6PM, 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: “Things my Grandmother told me.”

Oh, Hugh,

What did your Grandmother tell you that you remember today? Chances are good, you got some wisdom that, at the time, sounded like “something old people said”, but means more now that you are aging.
Here are a few I was thinking about this week:
“Waste not, want not” – I was convicted this past week as I wasn’t sure what to do with all my CSA box produce, but remembered a friend who like d the stuff I didn’t. I got the produce and friend connected 🙂
“If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” – Depression era stuff, right? I was thinking of this as an expanded idea to be unpacked a bit more. My son’s soccer team worked really hard at practice and defeated our co-practice nemesis team for the first scrimmage win all season. They worked hard and well, and they got the victory. Maybe, “No work, no win.”
“Say your prayers daily.” – This was more demonstration than saying. She was a regular prayer sayer and scripture reader. As a farmer, there are so many things out of your control. She understood the value of unloading that burden through prayer to a higher power.
With 10 acres of pumpkins ripe, 28 acres of apples hanging on the trees, thousands of guests ready to have fun in the mazes and 700+ acres of corn to pick in the next month, I, too, need more power than I could muster on my own through willpower and positive thinking alone.
Grandmother is gone, but her life continues through the McPherson family and the lessons she taught. Your grandmother might be with you or already gone as well, but this week, pause for a few minutes early in the morning to reflect on what she passed on to you.
It’s harvest season on the farm and our doors stand open, welcoming you and your family to make some memories together this weekend. I hope you’ll join us and help us pick some of those pumpkins and apples
We grew them exclusively and specifically for you.
See you soon on the farm,
Farmer 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 20 groups booked last week alone and time slots are going fast! Learn more about groups at Maize Quest [CLICK HERE]
Maize Quest Open Every Weekend!

What’s NEW at the Fun Park?

How about…
The Hidden Gem Railroad! [CLICK HERE for ticketing…]
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What’s happening with your group?
We host hundreds of groups like yours for adventure each Fall. Michelle, our group tour director, schedules each group for start time and activities to make sure you get the day and time that works best for you.
Have you scheduled yet? If you need more information, click one of the links below. If you are ready to book your group right now, Click here to reserve instantly online. You may always reach Michelle directly at michelle@cornmaze.com with any questions.
We work really hard to make sure you get the time you want, but some activities have limited availability, especially Preschool Tours with Farmer Hugh & Friends, Middle School Maze Adventures, Geocaching and Scout Tours.
Hugh, The Maze Master

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