5th Annual Sunflower Fest at Maple Lawn Farms

5th Annual Sunflower Fest at Maple Lawn Farms

Sunflower “Early Bloomers Weekend Aug. 6th-8th:

This is the early opening and this is a non-festival weekend with a tractor ride and picking, but no food service or LIVE music. It’s meant to be a day in the flowers. Just $10 for children (ages 3-10yrs, 0-2yrs are FREE), $18 Adults (ages 11-101yrs), BUT online ticketing discounts offer the chance to purchase tickets at up to $8 OFF – Purchase Early! Each ticket includes admission, wagon ride to the fields, and one sunflower bloom of the guest’s choice. Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm also Sunday 1pm-5pm.

NOTE: Not all varieties may be blooming yet!

Sunflower Festival General Public Admission Aug 13th-15th and Aug. 20th-22nd:

Just $10 for children (ages 3-10yrs, 0-2yrs are FREE), $25 Adults (ages 11-101yrs), BUT online ticketing discounts offer the chance to purchase tickets at up to $15 OFF – Purchase Early! Each ticket includes admission, wagon ride to the fields, and one sunflower bloom of the guest’s choice. Choose the time you would like to enjoy your time in the sunflower fields.

NEW Options for Sunflower Enthusiasts! If you LOVE sunflowers, you can make the festival, even more, your very own with our NEW VIP options.

  • Want two different views? The Sunflower FlexPass is valid for ANY two days including Early Bloomers, so you can enjoy two different views of the event. 
  • Is the sunflower field your happy place? The Sunflower ULTIMATE Access Pass is valid for EVERY day of the event and includes a bloom with every visit.
  • Are you totally into sunflowers? The Sunflower Spectacular Pass is ULTIMATE, every-day access with a bloom on every visit, plus your choice of (1) signature bucket with 10 blooms, (2) wine serving vouchers and 20% bottles of wine for pass holders. *21 and Older Only

Friday Sunflower Festival Times: 10am-5pm

Saturday Sunflower Festival Times: 10am-8:30pm

Sunday Sunflower Festival Times: 1pm-6pm

“Each year is an adventure in color,” says Matt Posey, farm manager at Maple Lawn Farms. “It’s agriculture. Our guests will have to be forgiving if the sunflowers don’t all cooperate, but when it happens, it should be a wonderful show.”

Ticketing Disclaimers & Info:

Ticketing is limited and MUST be purchased online to guarantee admission to the event. Due to our capacity, we are strictly limiting ticket sales BY DAY & TIME 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.

PET POLICY: Due to our insurance company’s policy, we are NOT permitted to allow pets at the farm. We know your dog, cat or pig is wonderful and we wish things could be different, but we simply are not permitted to allow pets other than A.D.A. registered service dogs. Thank you!

2018 Blueberries Info

Orchard & Market Hours: Blueberry Patch OPEN NOW 8AM-5PM Weekly: Hours are Mon-Sat 8AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM Winery Hours: Sat 12PM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM
YES The Patch & Market are open on July 4th, 8AM-5PM!
“Blueberries Go Prime Time”

Just a quick note as I head off to a Youth Group Festival with my kids. It would always be the hottest week of the year, wouldn’t it?
My quick note is that the blueberries have LOVED the Hot Weather and frequent, brief showers. so they are ripening really well.
This weekend will feature the start of the best blueberry picking where you can basically ‘milk’ the plants and the berries roll off into your bucket.
Hope you can join us! See you soon on the farm,
Farmer Hugh

2017 Maple Lawn Farms

Great News: Peaches are HERE! RedStar peaches, a delicious, semi-freestone peach on on the trees and ready to pick for the weekend. We also have Eastern Glo Nectarines and a few Blueberries remain – Make an efficient trip and get ALL THREE!


Maple Lawn Farms Peach Season begins!


FINALLY! It’s peach season and the early nectarines are here, too. Your wait is over.

Take a video look at the search for, finding of and biting into one of the FIRST peaches of the year: [CLICK FOR VIDEO]

I really need to work on my patience, but at least peaches are ready!

See you soon on the farm,

Farmer Hugh


Sunflower Festival is coming soon! Aug 10-12, 17-19

PLUS: Wagon Rides, Food Trucks, and LIVE Acoustic Music!

Tickets at: www.Sunflowerfestivalpa.com



Giant Apple Rising Event Friday July 28th

Be a part of history as Maple Lawn Farms mounts the largest apple in the tri-state area on the roof of the farm market LIVE, New-Year’s-Eve-style with music food and fun!

Maple Lawn Farms

Friday July 28, 6PM-9PM

Apple Rising Event: We’re putting the GIANT Apple on top of the Farm market LIVE, New Year’s Eve Style!

PLUS: Food Trucks, Peach & Cherry Wine Slushies

and LIVE Acoustic Music!

I saw it from across the room at a farmer conference in Connecticut over the winter. I knew it was something special and I knew it had to come to Maple Lawn Farms.

It was a GIANT, red apple.

FAST Corporation from Sparta, Wisconsin fabricates custom shapes from fiberglass and this big, juicy apple was calling my name.

It was love at first site.

The last time you visited, you might have noticed that we’ve really been investing in creating a comfortable patio, building our winery tasting room, lettering and painting and so much more to improve the farm market you know and love.

Dad’s a little tired of all the money we’ve poured back in, but I came home from Connecticut with just one more ‘cherry’ to put on top.

uh…. I mean apple….

Anyway…the apple is here. It’s in the back of the market at ground level for just 10 more days or so for you to take a picture before we make history and install it on the roof.

Yes… on the roof of the farm market.

Won’t you join us? Save the date, next Friday, July 28, 5-9PM with the apple placement happening right around 6:30PM.

It’ll be a family friendly event with ice cream, peaches, donuts, LIVE music, a food truck, and space to enjoy on the patio.

We’ve got our contractors bringing a GIANT lift to hoist the GIANT apple onto the peak of the roof LIVE as we count down and toast the newest addition to our farm market; to your farm market.

The winery will be debuting the new outdoor event space as well, so if you are into that, we’ll have tastings and wine by the glass in that area as well.

Best news: It’s a FREE Event (We just ask that you register so we know how many donuts to make:-), so swing by the action, grab some snacks, dinner or dessert from the market and watch Maple Lawn Farms, your farm, make history as we place the biggest apple in three states…

…on the peak; right where it belongs!

See you soon on the farm,

Farmer Hugh




Maple Lawn Farms opens winery

Maple Lawn Winery & Cider House - Bottling

Maple Lawn Winery featured in the York Daily Record

By Brett Sholtis
March 8, 2016

The farm has opened a wine and cider tasting room.

Maple Lawn Farms has grown apples and peaches for about 160 years. Now, the fifth-generation family business has started a fruit wine and cider-making operation at its 1,200-acre farm.

Fruit wine and cider

Most wine is made from grapes. This wine, however, is made from the farm’s apples and peaches, said Hugh McPherson, who owns the farm.

Fruit wine takes about 10 days to ferment, McPherson said, making it a slightly quicker process than fermenting grapes. Hard cider takes a little longer to make than wine because it has to be carbonated, McPherson said.

With the help of area winemakers such as Carl Helrich at Allegro Vineyards and Ted Potter at Naylor Wine Cellars, he learned to make wine and cider with no added ingredients, he said.

​”Instead of a sweet wine, we wanted to make sure you get that full fruit flavor,” McPherson said.

From leftovers to wine

The project cost about $200,000, McPherson said. He was able to get a United States Department of Agriculture matching grant for $44,000 because the wine and cider operations use leftover fruit that would otherwise get shipped away or discarded — especially peaches, which go bad quickly.

“Because peaches are so perishable, the value of them once they get soft very quickly goes to zero,” McPherson said. “Repurposing the fruit from the packer to the winery for fermenting and bottling recaptures and enhances the total value of the farm’s production.”

The operation will add 12 to 15 seasonal jobs, he said, and hiring will start within the next couple months.

Read more at ydr.com

Life on the Farm – Life on the Farm: “Unfinished business.”

Working to the finish.
Interesting Image
Contractor Dave eyeballs the new commercial grade railing he’s installing around the new patio at the farm market.
I’m a starter. A self-starter, a kick-starter. I like the “beginning” of things. I like new ideas, new plans, new places, new movies. The world needs people who are willing to start things; think up new things.
Sounds great, right? Well, it does come with a down side. I like to start an unlimited number of things, which can lead to being overwhelmed. I don’t necessarily like seeing things through, so sometimes we end up with lots started and nothing done.
Unfinished business. It’s taken me a long time to realize that my stress level is directly impacted by the “unfinished business” in my life. The joy of starting things, can be eclipsed by the stress of having too many “open channels”, too many “loose ends”. It doesn’t matter if you are a good “starter”, if you can’t complete the work, you’ll go crazy.
Have you ever felt like that? Sometimes it’s not the quantity of things we have to do, it’s just that, instead of focusing and finishing something completely, we flit from task to task doing a little on every project and completing nothing.
Want to make your week better? Finish something today. Stop multitasking and finish something. You’ll receive so much energy from the act of completion, you’ll have the strength to work on something else.
We are finishing up peach & nectarine season by Labor Day.
We are finishing our porch renovation by next Tuesday.
We are finishing out Trackless Train Ride Station in the Fun Park TODAY.
…and it feels great!
What project, no matter how big or how small, can you finish right now, today?
See you soon on the farm,
Farmer Hugh