There are some exciting things coming this fall at Forsythe Family Farms 2009 Inc. I know some people will say, “It’s too early to talk about fall!” or “Don’t even mention back to school!” But I can give you one good reason to look forward to September: the corn maze!
Corn maze construction began at Forsythe Family Farms 2009 Inc. earlier this week. I went back to the field to check things out, as I always wondered about how t maze creators actually figure out all the paths and where they go. I asked Farmer Forsythe how he made up the maze part of it and I couldn’t help but laugh as he responded with a chuckle and said, “Think evil thoughts.” He smiled and clarified, “It’s not actually that difficult this year” and went on to tell me how it’s actually done. But I can’t share that here because I don’t want to give away any clues and take away any of the fun!
To physically build the maze, Farmer Forsythe went through with a lawnmower to blaze a nice, wide trail. Then Laura and Brandon took over for step two, which is to cover the path with mulch to make it easier to walk on. They worked out a pretty good system where Laura would load up the trailer with mulch and Brandon would drive it into the maze, unload, and spread it around.
They were both thankful for some cloud cover that day so it wasn't as hot as the days were last week!
I know I can’t wait to see the maze when it’s all finished. We don’t have to wait too long, the maze will be set to open on Labour Day weekend!
So you always know what’s going on here at the farm year-round, make sure to visit the Calendar of Events here: http://forsythefamilyfarms.com/calendar-of-events/
I also have to note that a wonderful tomato harvest is coming in strong. There is an amazing crop of great quality tomatoes this year.
Don’t miss out on these tomatoes: stop in to the farm market today! http://forsythefamilyfarms.com/hours-and-location/
RealSimple.com has a collection of 20 Recipes for Fresh Summer Tomatoes that you can find by clicking HERE.
While browsing through recipes, I also came across this tasty tomato salad from thekitchn.com:
Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill and Feta
1/2 red onion
1 pound tomatoes, about 2 large, 1 red and 1 orange
1 clove garlic
Flaky sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 pound cucumber (approximately 1/3 cucumber), thinly sliced
1 cup kalamata olives, pitted
1/4 cup fresh dill, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Finely slice the red onion and put the slices in a bowl of cold water while cutting up the rest of the vegetables, 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized chunks. Drain the onion and pat dry.
Place the garlic, a pinch of salt, and the vinegar into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking.
Add the red onion, red pepper, cucumber, olives, and herbs and let marinate for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and feta, and toss gently to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Lift out of the bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving juices behind. Place on a large platter and serve immediately.