December 6, 2021

Corn maze to open

Shenandoah Briere/ staff reporter

Branden Brown, an owner of Trinity Valley Dairy Farm in Homer explains how the new game for the corn maze works. This is the second year the farm is doing a corn maze. There will also be other activities available.

People will once again be able to maneuver around twists and turns of 7 acres of 12-foot corn stalks searching for clues as Trinity Valley Dairy Farm in East Homer brings back its corn maze for a second year.

“People come out of it so excited,” said Rebekah Brown, who owns and operates the farm with her husband, Branden Brown, and Ken and Sue Poole.

This year’s maze is 3 miles, up from the 2.2 miles last year, and is in the shape of a barn with the words “Trinity Valley” at the top of the corn maze and “Dairy” at the bottom. There is also another 0.4-mile section for younger kids.

The dairy farm has been open for four years and in July 2018 the Browns decided they wanted to do something to keep people at the farm longer.

“Fall is our favorite time of the year,” Branden Brown had said. “We decided we wanted to do something different and people seem to be really happy.”

If you go:

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 27
Where: Trinity Valley Dairy Farm, 2847 Route 13, Truxton
Price: Fee includes the corn maze, hay-ride, tractor train rides, and access to all the playground and educational areas

This year people will be able to participate in trivia during a hay ride for a chance to win a prize, take a wagon ride were they’ll learn the history of the farm, milk a fake cow and check out a petting zoo with goats, sheep and calves. Children can also play in a sand pit, on a tire jungle gym and in a fake kitchen.
“We’re a dairy farm so we have to keep pushing that,” Brown said.

Brown also built a 48-by-24- foot pavilion that has picnic tables under the room, where people can sit and eat food that will be for sale during the event.

Shenandoah Briere/ staff reporter

Jeremy Johnson, works to fasten the cover to a wagon at the Trinity Valley Farm in Truxton. The farm also has other activities including a playground.

During the first two weekends last year around 1,100 people went through the maze.
They’re hoping to see even more people this year.

“We have people who already told us they’re coming up from New York City,” Branden Brown said.
He noted one person did the maze three times last year.

Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Meghan Lawton said the corn maze is the perfect tourism attraction for the fall.

“We’re thrilled that they’re bringing it back this year,” she said. “For this region fall is so beautiful here for the foliage and all that, so adding any events is a big bonus.”

But for Brown the bonus is seeing the people happy.

“That was our goal,” he said.