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.”


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,
PS Need a farm field trip for your learning adventure? Groups are booking right now. Email Michelle at 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!

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From the farm – Scottish & Amish farming together. What’s next?

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It’s planting time!
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Life on the Farm:
“Why you should sign-up for our CSA program.”

The Amish & the Scottish. We McPhersons are Highland Scots, thrust into the new world during the Potato Famine in the 1850s. The Amish were forced to the New World seeking religious freedom. Both came from strong Agrarian (farming) backgrounds and settled in York and Lancaster Counties.

A small community. Over the past few years, with rising land prices in Lancaster, the Amish commy has expanded across the Susquehanna River into southern York County. We now have Amish neighbors on both sides of the farm.

Working together.
It may be some before you get an email from one of our Amish neighbors 🙂
With all we already do, we aren’t planting 14 kinds of veggies spaced 1 week apart all summer.
That’s why we’re working together on our CSA.

Community Supported Agriculture = CSA. You, the consumer, invest in the crops we grow specifically for you by purchasing a membership “share” in the harvest. Because you get these CSA memberships before we plant, we don’t plant more than we can market, thus reducing waste and lost produce.

What’s a “share?” The farmers producing for you, our CSA members, grow the crops. Each week, you pick-up our “share” of the harvest. We are providing the boxes and transportation from the Amish farms, they pack the veggies, we add Maple Lawn Farms-grown fruit and staff the farm market for you to pick-up. (A typical CSA box is shown below.)

Why you would do this. Everything we put in your box was produced in farmland within 10 miles of Maple Lawn Farms by us or our neighbors. We harvest Monday you pick up the box Tuesday. Each week the contents of the box change based on what’s ripe and ready.
You get the freshest produce from a farm you can visit within one day of harvest. It’s a surprise every week, and there might be a few bakery treats occasionally included as well…
Look, if that doesn’t get you excited, then the program is not for you – and that’s OK. It’s not for everyone. If you are like my wife, she always wants the best and freshest for us and the kids (she’s a vegetarian as well), so she’s already signed up!

This is not the grocery store. How many miles does lettuce from Chile travel to get here?! This is not the grocery store. Each week’s variety and items are dependent upon what’s ripe. You don’t pick and choose what goes into the box, you just get the bounty of the farm.

Think of your CSA Box as your first stop, then you only need to go to the store for the rest! Register you interest with us today. Lot’s more details, timing & pricing when you [CLICK]


PS Please do update your information for us if you haven’t already [CLICK]. We want to get you the right stuff without being a bother.
Hugh, The Maze Master