Harbes Family Farm’s Maize Maze

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Harbes Family Farm’s Maize Maze

(a Blogless Thursday post)
Featuring guest blogger WalkGood, so Tink~*~* can be blogless today.

Here on the Loverly Isle of Long, we still have quite a few farms and wide open spaces. But you must travel “out East”, and a good place is Jamesport on the North Fork, home to working farms and vineyards.

My family took a Saturday trip to Harbes Family Farm, for their corn maze and pumpkin picking.

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First order of business was chowing down on some of the sweetest corn around. Fifteen minutes to roasted perfection.

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Then off to seek our fortune in pursuit of GOLD in the Wild West Corn Maze.

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There are two giant corn mazes on 8 acres of real live corn fields. You get a treasure map that doesn’t really look like the maze at all. More of a souvenir. The first maze is pretty simple, which leads you to the more complex maze. In there you must find some “equipment” so you can navigate the lost mines and claim your gold.

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The Maze Marshall gets you started with basic instructions. You also get a flag to wave if you get lost. Other Marshalls up in towers will help you along the way.

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Yes, it is as high as an elephants eye. That’s why you carry a long pole flag in case you need help.

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The other Marshall will help you, but he teases you a bit and busts your chops. You must yell out Yeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaawwww! quite often to get his attention. Mostly it’s just for his own amusement.

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Along the way you will find some large paintings. A few of them have a cut out to insert your face from behind for picture taking of your traveling party.

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At the end of the first maze you are congratulated. Not sure if this is an attempt at Roy Rogers, John Wayne or maybe Grandpa Harbes?

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Well now we are off to the bigger complex maze, in pursuit of the tools needed for mining some gold. A minor miner, map in hand, leads the search.

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When you find one of the four items, you ring an iron triangle in celebration. Could also be bragging rights to the other searchers who are going in circles.

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Then to prove you found the items you take a pencil rubbing onto your map from each item.

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After you have found the shovel, lantern, pick axe and dynamite (and taken their picture rubbings) you must find the entrance to the long-lost Great Mine, Dusty’s Goldmine.

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Then the Sheriff will award you with a gold piece.

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Next our ultimate quarry….. PUMPKINS!

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Not sure if these are willow trees, but the corn maze map calls this Blue Willow Pond.

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What trip to a farm in Autumn is complete without an authentic hayride.

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It really helps to have one of these to lug your pickings around.

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Thanks for following along!

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7 thoughts on “Harbes Family Farm’s Maize Maze”

  1. That looks like a great place to take the kids! Okay, I have a question…he says Autumn yet I don’t see sign of Fall. It looks like summer and I’m wondering why the pumpkins plants are dying. It seems with weather like that they could just keep going and going…

  2. Date of excursion was Oct 12 2008. It was a very sunny day in mid to upper 70*’s F. Slightly higher than usual for that time of year. Only some of our trees had started to change color, but not too many visible in the pictures.

    I think the pumpkin plants were just about at EOL (End Of Lifecycle). Probably timed that way by the farmers to be ready for pumpkin picking season.

    Fast forward to now and it is 40* F and the leaves have definitely changed!

  3. *applauding loudly*

    Tink, you have the *best* guest bloggers! 😉

    Gorgeous photos…what a wonderful family fun day. I just wish there was video of WalkGood yelling, “Yeeeee Haaaaawwwwww!”


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