“Things Grandmother told me.”

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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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Life on the Farm – Life on the Farm: “Firsts & Lasts”

Hidden Gem Railroad Station nears completion.
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Jesse admires his handiwork on the station. The train loads between the Rope Maze & Stone Labyrinth.

Come celebrate with us. We love it when you come over to the farm, so come celebrate with us. This weekend features a number of Lasts & Firsts as Labor Day often does. It is a milestone in the farm year, just as it is, or used to be, in the school year. Here are some for this weekend.

First – Gala Apples are in for their very limited season. The are so sweet and crunchy they are like candy to me. They are the last sweet taste of summer.
First – Macintosh apples are in as well, so you can get a bit of tart with your sweet Galas. Macs are best early in the season, so don’t wait for the rest of the varieties if you like TART.
Last – Peaches and nectarines finish up this weekend in the orchard and Mr. Allen will be moving his gazebo to the apple orchard to serve you better this Fall.
First – Blondee Apples are our newest variety in our newest orchard and we have picked all of the very limited quantity, but you HAVE TO taste them! I predict they will become a Maple Lawn Farms Signature Apple just as many of you know the Smoothee Apples to be.
Last – This is the last weekend WITHOUT Apple Cider Donuts. We are making donuts this Saturday to kick-off the fall season. We’ll have them every weekend from now through November in the farm market.
First – The Amazon Adventure Corn Maze opens to the public! Saturday Sept 5th at 10AM, you can be the first to challenge this year’s adventure and play in the Fun Park.
Last – This year we said good-bye to and rebuilt Perilous Planks, our tilting plank puzzle in the Fun Park into the Step-Over Maze. It’s a challenging puzzler that has you step over the colored planks in order: Red, then White, then Blue in an effort to escape!
First – The Hidden Gem Railroad takes it’s first passengers this weekend! This is a big new attraction for the Fun Park and for train lovers. We had this Trackless Train built special for our farm. It loads at the station between the Rope Maze and the Stone Labyrinth then travels behind the Pedal Karts to a special crop of Sudan Grass.
First – We are FINALLY able to open our new patio area this weekend with stamped concrete, new railings, new tables, chairs and umbrellas for you to enjoy. Grab an ice cream cone and relax on the NEW farm market patio!
So many Firsts and Lasts as the seasons start to change and Fall arrives. The weather is set to cool off a little for the weekend with the sun shining on this little farm in Pennsylvania.
Sure, you might have plans for some of the weekend, but you might want to carve out a little time to bring your family out for some good old fashioned fun.
We’re here for you 🙂
See you on the farm,
Farmer Hugh