Sandy River Farm’s Corn Maize near Farmington, Maine draws thousands every year
By Ramona du Houx
Sandy River Farms has grown another “Amazing Maize” at 755 Farmington Falls Road. The corn maze is a series of paths cut into the cornfield and provides an adventure for young and old. The maze sprawls over 12 acres of 40,000 corn stalks carefully manicured so clear twists and turns may be taken. Roughly 4,500 visitors from throughout the region will be visiting the maze along Route 2.
For the past nine springs the corn has been planted into rows and grown to an immature height before the design is hand painted in the field. Working on a grid system ensures the painters get the design accurate. Then a rototiller smoothes the path. A company from Utah that specializes in corn mazes guides everything on the ground, without the use of any aerial assistance.
This year's design is the Maine Farmland Trust logo: a barn sitting in a field with a scattering of trees, bordered by the words 'Grow farms, grow food.' The organization works to promote and protect the work of farmers throughout the state by connecting them to resources, protecting farmland and educating the public on the importance of agriculture. Organic farming is on the rise in Maine, in part, because of the Maine Farmland Trust. The state boosts having the most organic farms in the U.S.A.
Each year the Yorks choose a different agricultural-related organization or business to promote with their maze. Past organizations have included the 4-H club, United Farmer Veterans of America, and the University of Maine at Farmington.
The family-run business also produces homemade ice cream, yogurt and butter which they sell at their farm store as well as at a handful of local area businesses.
Above photo shows the corn mazes that are being grown in the America's.
In addition to the maze, the annual “Pick your own Pumpkin” patch will be adjacent to the Maize field with an old-fashioned hayride between the two.
The Corn Maize costs $9.00 for adults and children over age 10 and $5.00 for children younger than 10. Children are free. Cost also includes parking, a free hayride, petting zoo of farm animals, an obstacle course, corn box and a moon bounce for kids. Ox Cart rides run from 11-2 everyday.
The Maize will be open from 10-4 on the following weekends:
- September 29-30
- October 6-7
- October 13-14
- October 20-21
- October 27-28
Check the website for last minute rain closures. No pets or alcohol are allowed.
Other fun activities include a corn box for the little ones to play in (think sand box with corn), an obstacle course for kids to run and play on and a food concession stand with homemade goodies as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and fries for a “picnic in the cornfield.” Pumpkins will cost 35¢ per pound.
The eight car "Cow Train" will be available again this year. Rides are $2.00 per person for young or old alike.
Interested in a group tour or flashlight maize? Call for details about how to arrange these special options. Call the farm at 207 778 3835 or 207 491 9124 to arrange for a special group tour either during the day or at night or rate availability. Group tours must have a minimum of 20 people.
A development of one of the state's largest solar power facilities is also underway on York's land.