2022 Corn Maze is looking good

Well here it is!  A picture of the this years’s EBMY Farm Corn Maze!  This photo was taken right after the fourth cut…  this field corn is some resilient stuff!  You can see we have focused on our ’57 Ford F100 and some pumpkins to give you a challenge this year.  It is tough to cut, but we are pretty proud of how it looks.  We hope you agree!

 

Along with the maze, don’t forget there will be  a drawing each weekend for a gift certificate to one of our local business sponsors.  A new update is that we are also partnering with Kids n’ Stuff, an interactive museum for kids and families in downtown Albion, to offer a discount to our maze and to their museum.  They are a 20 year resident in Albion and offer a great day of family fun.  If you attend Kids n’ Stuff in the month of September and/or October you will receive a coupon for the EBMY Farm Corn Maze that gives a discount to a parent’s admission.

There are lots of great things going on this year, so come and join us for an afternoon of fun.

Update on the 2022 Corn Maze

Hi everyone, welcome to our second update. It is the second week of May which means corn has yet to be planted. So we thought we would take a few minutes to introduce everyone to our fantastic sponsors for the 2022 EBMY Farm Corn Maze!
 
Our first sponsor is Homestead Savings Bank. They will be the sponsor for our first weekend of the maze, October 1st and 2nd. If you live close to Albion and are searching for a new bank, check out Homestead Savings! The professionals at Homestead define “customer service.” Do you want a bank that knows you on a personal level? Welcomes you by first name as you enter the door? Has competitive rates? Has all of your personal and business banking needs under one roof? And makes you feel welcome with a smile and a bag of popcorn? Then look no further than Homestead Savings! Give them a call for all your banking needs.
 
We will have more updates soon. And we will post a picture of when the corn gets planted! We are so excited for this year’s maze!

2022 EBMY Farm Corn Maze status

We have been thinking about this year’s maze design.  This past fall we purchased a cool 1957 Ford F100 to use for our farmer’s market truck… we were inspired.  The design of the maze will be our truck in a pumpkin patch. Now we are just waiting for the corn to be planted in May, and then the work begins!

We are so excited for this year’s season and our Fall corn maze!  We have partnered with some of our friends that are  local businesses in Albion: Dickerson Music, Stirling Books and Brew, Homestead Savings Bank, Foundry Bakehouse and Deli and Pure Albion to be sponsors.  Each company will have a dedicated weekend where you can come out and support these great, local Albion businesses.  And the added bonus?  Every Sunday will have a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for that local Albion Business or a business of their choosing!

We will be opening the weekend of October 1st.  But to give you a little background on our partners this year:

Dickerson Music has been in Albion for over 60 years.  They are a musical instrument store that carries a variety of new and used products; from band instruments and accessories to guitars, banjos, mandolins, and drums and their accessories.  They do in house repairs on band instruments and stringed instruments.  Lessons are available for guitar, bass, ukulele, and mandolin.  They have one of the largest selections of sheet music available.

Homestead Savings Bank is a local financial intuition owned by its members with a local board of directors. It originated in 1889 and will be celebrating 133 years in business in 2022.

Stirling Books & Brew has new and used books, coffee and tea, and locally baked goods and gifts, all in a spacious English/Scottish cafe setting. They feature many events- such as live music, authors, trivia, and games!

Foundry Bakehouse & Deli is a place where simple combinations of fresh, high-quality ingredients produce the most delectable baked goods and deli offerings that we can offer our customers. Formed in Albion. Forged with love.

Pure Albion is your source for everything local. A variety of Albion and Albion College apparel, gifts and art by individuals with connections to Albion. They’re all about Albion!

A final supporter this year is #CasterCares.  They manufacture greatness within their employees to positively impact their families, communities, and customers. Through their work with #CasterCares, they are building a better Albion through civic engagement and community development.

As you can see, we have some exciting times ahead of us!  We will keep everyone posted on our progress this Spring and Summer!!

 

 

 

 

 

Gourd Art in the Winter Months

This is our second year growing gourds.  Our first year we grew lots of birdhouse gourds, so last year I made a lot of wonderful birdhouses that we sold at the farmer’s market along with all our other farm goodies..  This year we grew large array of gourds to include corsicans, kettle, apple, long dippers, birdhouse .  So, this winter’s projects include gourds, gourds and more gourds.  Some of the gourd art will be pictured in the gallery our site and all the art will be for sale this spring though the fall at the different market  and at our farm store.

Summer time fun

We are half way though Summer here in Michigan.   We are mostly in maintenance mode on the farm.  We tried to complete all the major projects this past Spring since the day-to-day farm tasks keep us very busy..

The EBMY Farm 2021 corn maze is looking really good and the excitement is building for opening day Saturday  September 18th.  The pumpkins are growing nicely this year.due to the addition of new fencing around the garden. No more deer salad bar!  We also added another garden to grow our tomatoes, peppers and a few other fun crops like mini watermelons.

We use most of all our tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic to make our salsa varieties and tomato jam.  The fruit on the farm is also used to make our jellies, jams, butters, and BBQ sauces.  All of these products can be purchased at the local farmer’s markets or you can message the farm for prices and shipping quotes.

All our products will be available in our farm store during the Fall corn maze season.  We will also be offering mini pies, pastries, donuts, hot cider and sliders for lunch.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Time to cut some corn!

The corn is starting to grow. In the next week or so, we will be cutting the maze!! We are so excited for this year’s design and we hope you will enjoy getting “lost” at EBMY Farm! Stay tuned for more updates as the maze starts to take shape. BE ON THE LOOKOUT for our Farm Shop OPENING SOON! We will be opening our farm store in June or July so you can stop by and pick up some of our tasty treats. We will be offering all of our salsas, chutneys, jams, and an assortment of baked goods and farm-raised chicken and duck eggs. We are also working on a “local box” that you can pre-order and pick up from the store. The boxes will offer an assortment of our products and products from other farms in the local area. Keep you eyes peeled for updates in the near future.

Spring is here, thank goodness

Mild weather has arrived early this year!  We are hard at work with our Spring projects.  The first item on the list was the renovation of our 100 year old the chicken coop.  Our birds had been complaining about the old drywall and the plastic sheets being used as a ceiling.  They were also not very fond of the old straw that was being used as insulation!  So new walls, new ceiling, and better insulation now keeps our girls cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter.  We also fenced in a new grassy area for our ducks and chickens to roam.  We are hoping this will help keep all their grassy areas in better condition throughout the summer.  We also expanded the small pond near the coop to allow for easier entry and offers more room for multiple ducks to take a swim.

A few other projects on the Spring list include fencing in the garden next to the corn maze to keep the deer from trampling the pumpkins.  We also want to put in another garden near the corn maze to allow for more peppers, cabbage, and tomatoes to use in our wonderful salsas and green tomato relish.

Our last major Spring project is the plan for the corn maze!  We have our plan complete…  now all we need to do is prep the 5 acres, plant the corn, and wait for it to grow!  Stay tuned…

Winter on the farm

Winter at EBMY Farm is in full force.  As we peer out the windows and see a blanket of snow, we can only look forward to Spring!  And speaking of Spring, keep an eye out for some changes to our farm.  Our plans include new pastures for our chickens and ducks, new ponds for our ducks to bathe, and two new gardens for our pumpkin patch and fresh veggies!  Please hurry Spring!!!

EBMY Farm fall corn maze event

Happy Fall…..

Our 2020 corn maze has officially opened and we are in the second weekend with 4 more weeks to go.   We have 5 scarecrows hidden in the maze to make it more interactive and challenging.  You have your choice of two different maps.  One map has clues that you must unravel to find the scarecrows.  The other map has the placement of the scarecrows but no trails to navigate.  And don’t forget we also have a huge assortment of sweets and hot drinks to help fuel your adventure!!  Come on out and enjoy what a Michigan Fall has to offer!

 

 

Summer on the Farm

This has been a very busy summer wit all our special projects.   Put in our small pond was definitely worth all the effort,. The  beautiful sound from the waterfall adds a relaxing tone that we can hear all the way up at the house..  Plus all the birds, dragon flies, bee that seem to enjoy the pond is a bonus.

Getting our new corn maze ready definitely took a good bit of time in the early part of the summer.  All the mapping, planning, cutting and cutting again, but we are ready for the our guest.  Now we are very focused on getting the farm shop (which is a 1940’s carriage building, that was moved from my cousins farm) refurbished, functioning and beautiful again.

There is aways the normal summer duties of keeping the grass mowed , the gardens weeded .  But this summer is special, tis is the first year ( the orchard was planted three years ago) that we have received fruit from our dwarf orchard.  Many of the peach trees have produced a nice crop, we will also be getting some pears later on in the season.   Hopefully next year the plums will stay on the trees.  We will also be picking the Concord grapes in about a month, so it will be time to make more grape butter( which you will be able to find in our Farm Shop).