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Sunflower Maze

Sunflower Maze 2018 Timeline:

May 12 - The first section of the sunflower maze has been planted! We expect it to reach blooming stage in approximately 60 days, pending weather conditions.

May 26 - The second section of the sunflower maze has been planted. It will hopefully bloom as the sunflowers in the first planting begin to wilt.

June 14 - We've started cutting the design in the first maze!

June 16 - After heavy rain caused some delay, we've planted the third section of the sunflower maze. This will hopefully extended our season into August.

June 27 - The sunflowers in the first planting have buds! We hope to open the maze sometime within the first two weeks of July.

June 29 - The design has been cut through the second planting of sunflowers! This planting is unfortunately not as thick due to a dry spell at the start of June, but we'll still have blooms.

June 30 - The fourth section of the maze has been planted!

July 1 - The buds in the first planting are beginning to show yellow. It won't be long until the maze opens!

July 7 - The maze has officially opened for the season! Not quite all the blooms are open, but we're expecting full bloom in a couple days.

July 9 - There are buds on the second planting! We're expecting the second planting to bloom shortly after the first one starts to wilt.

July 12 - Our fifth section of the maze has been planted. Hopefully it gets some rain!

July 15 - The second section of the maze has yellow centers. We are hoping that section will be in bloom by July 21-22.

July 17 - The first section of the sunflower maze is wilting. We are now in a little break waiting for the second section to bloom.

July 21 - The second section of the maze is beginning to bloom! We expect the entire field to be in bloom around July 24th or 25th.

July 25 - The second section of the maze is in full bloom! Don't delay to see the best sunflowers!

August 6 - The second section of the maze has mostly wilted.

August 10 - The third section of the sunflower maze is blooming!

September 6 - The fourth maze is done blooming, and we have no sunflowers until our fifth field hopefully blooms towards the end of September.  

October 5 - The final planting of the season is blooming now!  Once again the deer damage has taken it's toll, but there are still nice areas to take photos.


 

L&A Family Farms: Home of the Sunflower Maze

Many people are familiar with corn mazes in the fall, but a summer sunflower maze is a new twist. We are always looking for something new to try, and in 2015 we planted a couple acres of sunflowers for bird seed. When the sunflowers were blooming, it was a beautiful site and the idea of a sunflower maze was born.

If you are unfamiliar with outdoor ag mazes, you enter the maze at the starting point and wander your way through the paths looking for the exit. Don’t be surprised to find a few dead ends along the way.

The sunflower maze is dependent on Mother Nature, so be prepared. The paths could be muddy or dusty. The summer sun may make it hot and muggy. We suggest you bring bottled water and wear sun protection. Please be aware of the weather conditions while you are on the farm. If the weather becomes severe, we will close the maze until the threat passes.

Since this is a farm field, we recommend you wear closed toe shoes. If you are allergic to bee stings, exercise caution in the field because it will be full of pollinators while the sunflowers are in bloom.

 

Sunflowers are only in full bloom for a short period of time. They usually only last a week or two, depending on the weather. If you want to witness this spectacle, be prepared to act quickly. This is not the time to procrastinate.

Stay up to date on the latest developments by checking our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To see a daily picture of the maze and a weather forecast, check out The Daily Briefing.

When you visit the farm, you may want to bring a cooler with you. The on-farm store has our pasture-raised meats, eggs, fresh veggies, as well as other goodies available for purchase!

 

MAZE HOURS: (When flowers are blooming)

October 5th -October 8th

Friday, Saturday,& Monday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Monday-Friday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Saturdays:  10:00am to 7:00pm

Sundays:  12:00pm to 6:00pm

- Maze entry ends 30 minutes prior to closing.

- **L&A Family Farms operates on Central time, which is one our behind most Indiana counties.**

  

OTHER DETAILS:

October 5th -October 8th

- The admission fee to the maze is $2.50 per person.  Kids 5 and under are free.

-  We will not be running the wagon due to the muddy conditions.  The field is in easy walking distance from the store.

- We will not have consessions, but we still have drinks, ice cream, and popsicles available.

 

 

- The admission fee to the maze is $5.00 per person.  Kids 5 and under are free.

- Parking is available at our farm store where you will be able to purchase your tickets.

- You choose whether to ride our wagon to the maze or walk one of our ag trails to the maze. The ag trail will take you through our gardens and beside our laying hens.

- For the safety of our visitors and livestock, we do not allow pets in the maze unless they are service animals.

- Our concession stand, featuring our own burgers and brats, will be open every weekend from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Professional photographers: There will be a $50.00 fee for a one-hour photo session. This fee will be charged to the photographer. You will be able to park closer to the maze and have access to parts of the maze that are not open to the general public. These areas are designed with photography in mind.

To reserve your spot, please contact us by email (lafamilyfarms@gmail.com) or through Facebook.

 

We hope your visit to our farm is a fun and memorable experience!

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