Second annual sunflower maze in Montague at peak conditions

  • A bee collects pollen in a sunflower at the sunflower maze at Our Family Legacy Farm in Montague. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Natalie Spatcher with her children Evelyn, 8 months, and Liam, 3 years, in the sunflower patch at Our Family Legacy Farm in Montague. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Natalie Spatcher with her children Evelyn, 8 months, and Liam, 3 years, in the sunflower patch at Our Family Legacy Farm in Montague. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 8/19/2022 4:24:31 PM
Modified: 8/19/2022 4:21:05 PM

MONTAGUE — Our Family Legacy Farm’s second annual sunflower maze will be at peak conditions this weekend, carrying forward a new tradition that has already become a town favorite.

“This week is actually the peak of sunflowers, so the whole field’s in bloom,” co-owner Natalie Spatcher said.

The farm at 442 Turners Falls Road reopened the sunflower maze last weekend to an attendance of around 50 people, according to Spatcher.

“I think this year, the opening went really well,” she said. “I think we had about double what we had the first year.”

The maze is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through August, except for Aug. 27, which will have hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children under 5. Those interested in attending are advised to do so quickly, as sunflowers are only in season for a few weeks.

To keep things interesting, this year’s sunflower maze has swapped out last year’s emoji theme for the whimsy of fairies and gnomes. Those who go through the maze are invited to search for fairies and gnomes hidden throughout the field.

The opening weekend’s proceeds, amounting to around $275, will be put toward scholarships for the Turners Falls High School Class of 2023, building on last year’s similar donation toward Class of 2022 graduates.

“We’ll continue to be selling sunflower keychains and gnomes this coming weekend,” Spatcher added, noting that these proceeds will also be put toward scholarships.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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