A Stroll Through the Sunflower Fields…
I love living in Central New York, especially during the summer and fall. CNY’s focus on agriculture means that the region is known for its plethora of farms and – as a result – agrotourism. Depending on the season, visitors to the area can find all kinds of outdoor excursions to fill their day, focused on different produce and crops. From lavender picking in the summer to pumpkin patch adventures in the fall, I feel fortunate to live in an area that has so many affordable outdoor activities to enjoy, especially in the era of COVID.
This Labor Day weekend, Andy and I were looking for something different to do and found ourselves venturing to nearby Wagner Farms in Rome, NY. The farm is known for its two beautiful sunflower fields and we were fortunate to catch their newest field in peak bloom. Along with my mother-in-law, the three of us had a jolly time strolling through the sunflower field, taking photos, marveling at the flowers and just enjoying a beautiful evening outdoors.
More About the Farm
Wagner Farms is open from July to October and aside from their two beautiful sunflower fields offers a farm museum, walking trails, cover crop fields, a corn maze, night events, wagon rides and more. After touring the sunflower field, the three of us also took a walk through the corn maze, enjoying a beautiful end-of-summer stroll. We saw some spooky props and sites along the way which leads me to believe that their haunted corn maze event is quite the outing for Halloween-lovers. That being said, I’m a bit of a scaredy cat so I enjoyed the daytime maze walk just fine!
Wear sturdy walking shoes if you’re planning to walk through the sunflower fields or corn maze. It’s not a long walk necessarily, but you’re bound to enjoy the trip more if you choose sneakers over sandals.
If possible, visit in the early hours for optimal sunflower photos. While we thoroughly enjoyed our evening visit, we realized that lighting for photos would have been optimal in the new sunflower field earlier in the day. On the opposite end of the spectrum – had we waited another hour and a half, I’m willing to bet sunset photos would have been absolutely breathtaking.
Don’t forget to bring some cash! There is a small fee to enter the farms so don’t forget your wallet at home. Admission cost is $5 per person which makes it a super affordable family outing. While you’re there, you may also want to take advantage of all the farm has to offer and purchase some local produce or a refreshment from the snack shack.
To say 2020 has been a rough year for many of us would be an understatement. Things haven’t gone according to plan and we’ve all found ourselves adapting to a situation we never dreamed we would find ourselves facing. That being said, I encourage you to look for the silver linings. With a little ingenuity and some backyard exploration, you may find yourself enjoying hobbies or places that you wouldn’t have usually discovered amidst the hustle and bustle that is everyday, “normal” life. I know I’m definitely looking forward to exploring all our local area has to offer this fall and making plenty of memories before Baby Janitz joins us in November!