Archive for June, 2011
Every year we create an entirely new Corn Maze to challenge your sense of direction through seven foot cornstalks. This year, every single visit can be a new corn maze with Maze Master Trivia. Our maze is not a typical start-to-finish maze, but a hunt for checkpoints throughout the maze and back out again. Answer the questions at each checkpoint correctly to be given clues to the next point. The more knowledge you have, the quicker your exit will be.
With Maze Master Trivia, you can create your own challenge questions before you head to the farm. Simply visit the website, create your questions and answers, and print them out to challenge your friends. This option works perfectly for your group or organization to personalize the corn maze. Are you having a birthday party? Create a series questions about the special person. Is your business gathering at our farm? Set up your maze experience to reflect your business. Your church youth group can customize the challenge with Bible trivia. Your school group can focus the questions on your current area of study. The only limit to making the maze more difficult is your own imagination.
There’s just something about standing out in a big field with produce in your hand that makes you wish you could launch it at stationary objects hundreds of feet away. Am I right? Who can honestly say that when you’ve held a miniature pumpkin or a gourd in your hand that you haven’t wished you could launch it 300 feet? Well now you can!!
Sure to be a popular attraction is our new Gourd Slingshot! Purchase your pile of field ammunition (gourds) and take your turn to load the sling. Various targets will be scattered around the field for you to take aim. Challenge your friends to a contest. Who can launch their gourd the furthest? Who can hit the target the most times?
The Gourd Slingshot is located in the new “walk-to” Pumpkin Patch. Purchase three gourds for $1 and let them fly!
In addition to making pumpkin picking simpler for you, our separation of the Pumpkin Patch and Wagon Ride provides a more enjoyable wagon tour experience. After chasing the kids around the farm for hours, take a relaxing tour of the farm on a wagon pulled by our beautiful 1952 Model M Farmall tractor.
The tour will wind through the old orchard, around the giant playground called the Back Forty, passed the cropland, out near Old McGeezer’s Golf course, under the Old Mill Bridge and back home. Along the way you will be guided by Pumpkin Pete, the newest member of the Tweite’s Pumpkin Patch family.
Pete stopped by the farm one day to prove he was the fastest pumpkin planter around. Because of the wet spring, his skill had to be put to good use elsewhere on the farm. Quickly Pete fell in love with the entire farm and the family. Because of his enthusiasm and charm, Pumpkin Pete was the perfect match to care for our guests on the Farm Wagon Tour. Be sure to greet Pumpkin Pete when you see him and test his knowledge of the farm. How much could he possibly learn in one season on the farm?
Listening to our customers is one of our highest priorities. Many have desired to access the Pumpkin Patch without needing to load pumpkins up and down the wagon. Many others have expressed their desire to take a leisurely tour of the farm on the wagon without stopping to pick pumpkins.
This season, all of these preferences will be accommodated. Now, the Pumpkin Patch will be accessible on foot through our Outdoor Sales area. You and your family will be able to access the pumpkins by taking a short walk to the patch. You will still be able to pick whichever pumpkin you prefer and will pay for it by size, but you no longer need to wait for the wagon and load them on and off. Simply load up your wheelbarrow, wheel them to the checkout, and you’ll be on your way. Before you head out of the sales area you can also pick up some gourds, straw, corn shocks and ornamental corn to accent your fall decorative display.
Not only will the Concessions Barn be expanded to more of a food court layout, but we will also be expanding your choices this year. Some of our offerings have become standard fare: hot dogs, chili dogs, and brats; nachos, cotton candy, caramel apples and Kettle Korn; with fudge and chocolate added last year. With all the extra space that will be available in the concessions barn this year, we needed to come up with some more delicious treats to offer. Our newest delectable goodies include fresh baked cookies and roasted nuts. You will also have the option to choose from a variety of healthy snack options including fresh vegetable bites.
As we approach the opening of the farm this fall, keep your eye out for a roundup, with tantalizing pictures, of our concession barn menu.
In an effort to keep the farm clean and prevent excessive waste, this season we will be adding 33 new locations to recycle cans and plastic bottles. Wherever you are on the farm you will be only a short distance to keeping our farm and your local environment clean. After you’ve enjoyed your tasty concessions treats while taking in a magic show on the Pumpkinville stage, you can help us be better stewards of creation by placing your trash items in the appropriate bins.
Because of the popularity of our many great concessions treats, the barn is often overflowing with people waiting to get their favorite goodies. While we have tried to make it as comfortable as possible for our guests, the space just wasn’t allowing for the most enjoyable experience. So this year our largest project is remodeling the concessions barn.
Nearly the entire first floor of the barn has been gutted and replaced with new flooring. The food preparation space has nearly doubled and the display cases will be greatly expanded. The new layout will allow more freedom to roam to your food of choice. In the mood for some fudge? You don’t need to wait in line behind those getting a hot dog, head straight to the fudge counter. You won’t need to wait any longer for someone behind the counter to walk over and grab your bottle of water; now you can grab it yourself and head to the checkout.
With all the time you’ll save getting your meal, you can sooner get back to the beautiful fall weather and enjoy the farm. Continue to check back here at the blog throughout the summer to see our progress on the new food court.