A visit to a corn maize can take years off you.  Wandering through the beauty and wonder of the Stoughton Farm Maize in nearby Newark Valley, is an amazing experience.

Owner Tim and Deb Stoughton may very well be planning next year's theme for their full-scale maize.  Clearly it takes a lot of time to plan this magnificent project.  Once you see what they did this year, now in its' 12th season, you too will wow over this a-maizing fall tradition.  It got me to thinking, it must be something to try to top each maize every year, but it seems to get bigger every year.  It's clear that Tim and Deb love what they do.

Stoughton Farm is a year round greenhouse, roadside farm market that brings fresh produce every spring, summer and fall.  When September hits, the farm becomes a major tourist destination with visitors from all over the the Northeast.  People love to feel like a kid again and this corn maize can do the trick... or treat.

If you go this weekend, plan to enjoy plenty of fresh cider and kettle corn, make some time to pick up locally grown, hardy mums bursting with colors, but families can also enjoy the weekend hay rides, cow train rides, the 9 foot tube slide, a spider web for the kids, pumpkin checkers, duck races, pumpkin blaster, corn cannon and many more fall favorites that keep fall lovers coming back year after year.

Past maize designs have had powerful messages, including "adopt don't shop" in support of local animal shelters, support of renewable energy, and last year's maize, had a thought provoking anti-bullying message.

Stoughton Farm is located at 10898 State Route 38 in Newark Valley, New York.  For the rest of October the farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday (last admission at 5:30), Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last admission at 9:00), and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4:30).  For a list of prices, directions and other questions, see their web site StoughtonFarm.com.

[via StoughtonFarm.com]