Ever wonder where pumpkins come from? If you guessed from the store; try again! If you guessed that The Great Pumpkin magically places them in the patch; you should try again too. At Summers Farm, we are busy planting pumpkins for you and your family to enjoy this fall.
Every pumpkin starts as a seed. Right now at Summers Farm we are planting our pumpkin seeds in the pumpkin patch. Soon, with help from the sun and the rain, the seeds will sprout. Those sprouts will grow into vines. Flowers and leaves will appear on those vines. Our friends the bees will pollinate the flowers. That is a very important job indeed! We love our bees and the work they do to help our pumpkin crop. We’ll talk more about bees another day.
Oh yes, back to the pumpkins…After the bees do their work, the blossoms will fall off and little tiny pumpkins will begin to grow… What do you think happens next? Are you planting pumpkins in your garden?
Why can’t you tell a secret on a farm? Because The potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears!
Why are farmers so cruel? Because they pull corn by the ears!
We’d tell you more farm jokes but you’ve probably herd them all… Ok, ok. Down to business. We’re super excited to be planting our corn this week! Once it grows, these 12 acres will be our corn maze. This year’s maze is a surprise! Don’t ask because we’re not telling! Remember the bit about corn having ears?
At Summers Farm we grow field corn in our maze. Field corn is not the same as the sweet corn you and your family slather with butter and eat for supper. Field corn is found in toothpaste, chips, yogurt, soda, and chewing gum, just to name a few.
When it’s time to plant the corn, we plant the kernels into the soil. Then with the right amount of sunshine and rain, the corn plants begin to grow. The stalks grow taller and pollination occurs. What is unique about corn, is that it pollinates by wind. The tassels on the top of the corn open up and release pollen that then finds the silk that is lower down on the stalk. After pollination the corn kernels grow on the ears. After the corn dries and the festival is over, we harvest it.
Here on the farm, warm weather and plenty of rain mean that we are excitedly planning for fall. We recently welcomed a Holstein calf, “Suri” into our farm family. She is so fun and sweet. Our JR Farmer Team is really enjoying caring for her. When you visit the farm this fall, be sure to come by to say hello.
Want to learn more about Holsteins? Check out this website: http://www.holsteinusa.com/holstein_breed/holstein101.html
We want to thank everyone who participated in our 7th Annual Great Pumpkin Race and Fun Run. With your help we were able to raise $6,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for that, we are truly grateful. Thank you also to our sponsor, 99.9 WFRE, for their support.
Be sure to stop by and see us on the Kids Block during Frederick’s In The Street Festival tomorrow, September 10th! You can visit with our pygmy goats and learn more about all of the fun coming up at Summers Farm when we kick off our 20th anniversary season on September 24th! We’ll also be handing out some BOGO coupons for admission to the farm! We look forward to seeing everyone!
Looking for a dessert to enjoy by the campfire other than the traditional s’mores? We have one for you – campfire eclairs! It’s a simple 3 ingredient recipe – crescent roll dough, vanilla pudding and chocolate frosting. Reserve one of our campfire sites and give them a try. Spend the day enjoying our 35+ activities then put on your hoodie and sit back by a crackling’ campfire to share these yummy treats with family and friends. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a cool, crisp Autumn evening!
Do you have something to celebrate this October? Summers Farm would love to help you with that fun-filled festivity. We offer birthday parties in our birthday party barn – we have two party packages for your party enjoyment. Our Barnyard Bash and Super Barnyard Bash both offer a wonderful experiences for your birthday kid. See our website for more details. The main difference between the two packages is that for the Barnyard Bash you can bring your own food, whereas for the Super Barnyard Bash includes tasty farm offerings to take the headache of planning for you.
Our campfires also offer a great celebration gathering spot for you and your family. Each campfire can accommodate 30-50 people and are offered Friday, Saturday and Sundays. The rate of $75 for the campfire does NOT include our adventure admission. That must be purchased separately. We do offer a group rate ($9.95 per person) for groups of 15 or more. All tickets must be purchased in one transaction to qualify for the group rate. Reserve your cracklin’ campfire today for an experience that your friends and family won’t soon forget.
Corn maze, fireworks, jumping pillow, animal barnyard, apple cider donuts… Summers Farm has something for everyone! We can’t wait to help you celebrate – Summers Farm style!
Autumn is here and it seems that pumpkin everything is here. So why not jump on the pumpkin bandwagon and make some tasty pumpkin treats in your own kitchen. Click here for a list of the best pumpkin recipes, from pumpkin cheesecake bars to pumpkin truffles to pumpkin donuts. So why not whip up a few of these recipes for your family and make your home smell like fall in the process. Also check out our Pinterest for even more pumpkin recipes.
We also have lots of pumpkins to pick from at Summers Farm for both decoration and cooking preparation. So come on out to Summers Farm today, take your free hayride to the pumpkin patch, and pick your perfect pumpkins for cooking and decorating. Happy Fall!
As I am sure you have heard, Summers Farm’s corn maze honors one of America’s favorite artists, Taylor Swift. We wanted to pick a positive message and Taylor Swift embodies that message to both young and old. We were honored to sit down with Rolling Stone to talk about the inspiration behind the maze.
“A lot of people think she is this role model for kids but really she is a role model for everybody by the way she carries herself, how she treats people, and how she is big on being your own person.She is just a great person. We feel that’s she firmly believes that if you are a little bit different, that’s OK. You be the best person you can be, because that’s how you’re going to be happy. And that’s what we believe in also.” Jeff Greenwood says about the maze.
Check out the full interview at here! A big thank you to Taylor Swift all that she does in bringing positivity and encouragement to people everywhere. We are so excited to have her and her message as part of our fall festival this year. Be sure to come check our Taylor Swift corn maze this year at Summers Farm!
Here at Summers Farm, we have been doing the no-more-rain dance! We invite all our Summers Farm fans to join in with us. Hurricane Joaquin, while not as bad as they said, still brought enough grey skies to the area to damper our fun at the farm. Our barnyard friends miss having visitors, the pumpkins are yearning to be picked, and the piggies are itching to race. Don’t even mention the apple cider donuts… they are just plain depressed that they can’t bring happiness to our visitors. So you can see how important it is for those rain dances to be done. So get on those dancing shoes and we will see you under blue, sunny skies next week!