Let’s Get Corny

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?

You can check out our previous mazes here:

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 is a short video about how corn grows and is harvested:

Want to plant corn at home in your garden? Check out this article in The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

Summers FarmLet’s Get Corny

7th Annual Great Pumpkin Race Results

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.

Summers Farm7th Annual Great Pumpkin Race Results

Taylor-Made Maze

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!

Summers FarmTaylor-Made Maze

Rain, Rain, Go Away

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!

Summers FarmRain, Rain, Go Away

2015 5K Fun Run Recap

We want to thank all who came out this past weekend for the 2015 5K Great Pumpkin Fun Run.  By running in the race, you helped benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  For that we are truly grateful.  Thanks also to our sponsor, 99.9 WFRE radio for all their help and support.

Summers Farm2015 5K Fun Run Recap

Pumpkins, Squash, and Gourds…Oh My!

When you visit the fields at Summers Farm and the Country Market, you will see much more than your typical orange pumpkin. Summers Farm offers over 15 different varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds for your picking. You may be surprised to know that the butternut squash and blue hubbard squash (pictured left) can make the most flavorful pies. Their smaller size also makes it much more manageable in the kitchen.

Butternut Blue Hubbard

Also hidden among the leaves in the pumpkin patch are some stunning decorative pumpkins for your stoop. With fun names like Long Island Cheese, Cinderella or Sunshine, these pumpkins provide amazing color to your fall decorations, plus they are fun to say!

Jarradale Cinderella

Whether you are looking for a pumpkin for baking or for decoration, Summers Farm has it all! Plus the beautiful view overlooking Frederick and always free hayrides makes our family farm the place to go for pumpkin picking! Mark your calendar for the Summers Farm fall festival this year and we can’t wait to see you!

Summers FarmPumpkins, Squash, and Gourds…Oh My!

Seeing Double in the Barnyard!

Say a big hello to the newest members of our barnyard! Mama Caramel delivered TWIN boys this weekend! These baby boys are already full of personality and excitement. They can’t wait to meet all the Summers Farm visitors this fall! Join us in welcoming these baby boys to the Summers Farm family!

Summers FarmSeeing Double in the Barnyard!