Fly-over the Sunflowers at Maple Lawn Farms

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MEGA Peach crop continues throughout the Sunflower Weekend. Pick-Your-Own Sweet Peaches before or after you visit the sunflower fields.

Coral Star Peaches headline the weekend as the juicy, delicious fruit is prime and ripe for the picking. 1/2 bu holds about 23-25 POUNDS of peaches for just $18, but here’s the special deal:

–> Pick (2) baskets, get both for just $15 each AND get a coupon for (2) FREE Tastings at Maple Lawn Winery <–

Nothing to print, just ask in the orchard!

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Full Details:

Maple Lawn Farms Sunflower & Peaches Weekend

Who:

Maple Lawn Farms, Maple Lawn Winery & Maize Quest Corn Maze & Fun Park

What:

The farmers at Maple Lawn Farms planted 5-acres, or approximately 5 football fields of sunflowers. In one section, it’s planted full of the classic yellow sunflowers that will mature at about 5 feet tall. In another 2 acres, visitors get to see 10-12 different varieties that display the wide spectrum of sizes and colors in ornamental sunflowers.

Why:

“Sunflowers are symbols of positive thoughts, feelings and create a happy atmosphere,” says Hugh McPherson, Maize Quest’s Mazemaster. “They connect with people, and we want people to connect with farming on a personal level.”

When: Maple Lawn Winery Sneak Preview Event: Friday Aug 11, 2017 5PM-9PM

General Public Admission: Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM

Last ticket allowed ONE HOUR before closing. Fields closed at listed hours.

Details: The Sunflower Festival is an experience. All guests park at the farm market. Each ticket includes a wagon ride to the field of sunflowers. Guests spend as much time taking pictures, exploring around the field, and reading informational signs as they like. Each ticket includes one ‘stem’ or LIVE cut sunflower. Parking is FREE.

After exploring the sunflowers, guests may enjoy ice cream, donuts, pies, fudge, cookies and more from the bakery and farm market. Food trucks are on site for lunch, snacks and dinner. Maple Lawn Winery is open for tastings and shopping Sat 12PM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM for guests over 21 years old.

Winery Sneak Preview Details: Friday Aug 11, 2017 5PM-9PM, Maple Lawn Winery is hosting a VIP wine tasting, LIVE music and food truck event. This event will be the FIRST opportunity to visit the Sunflower Fields via wagon ride, and is limited to 250 guests over 21 years old (I.D. required).

Maple Lawn Winery will be open for wine tastings and our outdoor event area offer space to enjoy dinner from the food trucks and beverages from the winery and local breweries while listening to live music.

Ticketing disclaimers: Ticketing is limited and MUST be purchased online to ensure admission to the event. Due to our capacity, we are strictly limiting ticket sales BY DAY to ensure every guest gets plenty of pictures in the sunflowers.

NOTE: Sunflowers are an agricultural crop and therefore subject to weather, growing conditions and ripening variables. We cannot guarantee that the sunflowers will bloom on a particular date, so prepare to be flexible by 7-10 days in your visit.

Stay tuned on Facebook. for up-to-the-minute plans. The event is an outdoor event and therefore held weather permitting. Should a complete crop failure arise, tickets will be exchanged for Maize Quest Corn Maze & Fun Park tickets OR a Maple Lawn Winery upcoming event OR for Maple Lawn Farms fruit and merchandise certificates. NO cash refunds.

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“Waste not, want not – Farm Addition”

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I grew up with Depression-era Grandparents and Grandmother and my Great Aunt Lindy. If you grew up with similar Depression-era influences, you likely heard things such as,

“If you don’t work, you don’t eat.”

“Clean your plate.”

“Waste not, want not.”

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man…” Well, you get the gist.

I was always a little chunky, so I could have done without the “Clean plate club”, but the other lessons still stick with me. On the farm, it’s fun to see the ways things get reused.

Below is our new tasting room counter. It just so happened that an old barn that needed a new roof, actually need to be torn down right as we were building the winery, so we got this nice barn wood to plane and refinish!

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Next to the stained counter, The grey tasting room walls are actually fence boards from the Maize Quest Fun Park Red Fence maze (Anybody remember that?!)

My Dad kept them in the barn for YEARS after we tore it down and used them to fix bulk bins for fruit, pallets for shipping and now, the tasting room.

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Finally, we hosted the Penn State Extension meeting for hard cider & apple growers on Thursday and we found out that this plate filter was used and pasted on through 3 other wineries in it’s lifetime. (See pic above)

We got it out of a storage trailer covered in dust and spent weeks rehabbing it back to life. It was neat to connect with another cider maker who had used our filter at his very first job years ago!

What’s the point? In a “throw-away” society, Depression Era ideals become great ways to save money, recycle (kind of before it was cool), and create an environment that’s REAL; not those sterile, store environments you see every day in the “Big Box” places.

Which kind of place would you rather visit? Have a great week and…

See you soon on the farm,

Farmer Hugh

It’s finally here. Wine tasting & bakery holiday weekends.

Maple Lawn Winery & Cider House OPEN | Wine, Cider & Brews Micro-Tour | PLUS, Two holiday bakery weekends
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Big Pumpkin field
Every bottle is hand corked at our new winery. Click to watch video.
  1. Taste Hard Cider & Fruit Wines in our NEW tasting room, next to the farm market.
  2. Get bakery treats, jams and jellies in the farm market.
  3. Get sweet cider for your family get-together, too!
  4. Interested in a York Co. “Wine, Cider & Brews Micro-Tour”? [Click Here for a map!]
  5. Are you NOT interested in Winery Information?[CLICK here to get farm & maze ONLY info]
Maple Lawn Winery & Cider House is OPEN
Special Sampler Package includes:
  • Bottle of Peach Blossom
  • Bottle of Apple Blossom
  • 4-pak of Crooked Branch Hard Cider
  • (2) Glasses from your tasting!
Life on the Farm – “High on Relief”
We’re celebrating a new chapter in our family business with the opening of Maple Lawn Winery & Cider House. It proved to be a monumental project to start, figure out, complete, build, package, get licensed and permitted. If it weren’t for the support and assistance of many local business people, contractors, winery owners, our employees and friends we simply couldn’t have made this happen.

And we are relieved to be open and serving guests.
Does that ever happen to you? Have you seen your kids strive so hard towards a goal and have part of the joy of achievement be … relief?
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves and on our team to get this done. Farmer Matt took on a new role of winemaker, Mr. Charles learned and grew as his right-hand-man, I had to learn how to make sugar-content calculations, Michelle acted as quality control inspecting each bottle for clarity, Dad (Farmer Paul) had to learn a new system of refrigeration for the fruit juice and wine products and everyone worked hard to complete the physical tasks to get the tasting room and the production room ready.
The team had all this to do and run the farm & Maize Quest!
We are so relieved to be open and serving guests.
The “relief high” came for me last Saturday when we opened the doors and welcomed our first guests to the tasting room. Talk about final exam anxiety! With every pour, it felt like I was back in Mrs. Stewart’s 2nd grade classroom awaiting judgement on my paper.
Then, as we had hoped and worked for for so many months,it happened. People liked the wine. They liked the hard cider.
Oh, the relief.
A word of caution about the “High of Relief”. You might remember from your last big project, I remember distinctly from my days in the theater, that after the show’s run was complete; the high of the stage over, the audience gone and the relief from pressure complete, came the crash.
The crash is a natural response to the achievement, the coming of the end of the project that your blood, sweat and tears brought to completion. I know after each Maize Quest season, when the gates are closed and I can finally relax, I crash and often catch a cold as my immune system comes down off the adrenaline of harvest time.
Don’t worry if you find you crash a bit after the big event. It’s natural and you need time to rest, gather yourself and correctly choose the next mountain to climb. If you have a grand-kid who just finished final exams at college, let her rest and crash a bit – It’s OK.
There are just two more weekends for you to sample our new products and enjoy the bakery products you love as we’ve opened the farm market as well during this holiday season. Please join us and enjoy along with us the fruits of our labors… in there most concentrated form.
Thank you. Thank you for your support of this business, for your patience through the construction this summer, for your continued patronage in the orchards, for your continued willingness to get lost in our corn fields, for your love of this farm and our family.
While relieved to be done with this big project,it is only the beginning of a new season, further opening our doors, our farm and our lives’ work to you, our guests.
See you soon on the farm,
Farmer Hugh