A-maze-ing Fall Festivities

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Writer: Meredith Johnson | Fall 2021 | Cover Photo by Meredith Johnson
Colorful falling leaves, schools re-opening, bountiful harvests…
Scarecrows, celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving are all reminders the fall season is here.
One fall tradition loved by many throughout Southern Maryland is wandering through a well-crafted corn maze and picking the perfect pumpkin. Yes, it is that time of year when many in our area find themselves happily lost between the corn stalks with their friends and families.
Visiting one of the many farms throughout St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles counties takes us back to simpler times and helps us unplug and enjoy some fall fun. Southern Maryland is lucky enough to have some of the most scenic and beautiful spots to spend a fall day. Imagine yourself driving down country roads on a clear and crisp fall day. Leaves that were green the month before having suddenly turned to brilliant red, orange, and yellow.
As you get closer to your favorite pumpkin farm, the smells of the season hit your nose. Earthy scents of hay, grass, and leaves fill the air. The sounds of the barnyard and kids laughing as they run through the playground and hay bales help you recall memories of your trips to the pumpkin patch as a child.
This fall, invite your friends and family to make new memories together by exploring these family farms in Southern Maryland.

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Bowles Farm – St. Mary’s County
Bowles Farm has been delighting families each fall for more than 20 years. Located in Clements, they are known for having the largest corn maze in Southern Maryland. They offer amazing views of scenic farmland that gives guests the opportunity to gather with friends and family and have some fun. Bowles Farm is open to the public for the 2021 season starting on Sept. 25 and every Saturday and Sunday in Oct. from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. They are also open every Friday by appointment from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. There are so many fun activities for the family including a corn maze, kids corn maze, wagon rides, barnyard animals, playground, barrel rides, straw pit, and corn boxes. Come hungry because they offer delicious concessions inside their main barn. Make sure to try out their Cupcake Shop for a sweet treat and hot drink. Their general admission is $10 per person with 3 and under free of charge. They also offer group rates of $8 per person for groups of 15 or more. Admission includes access to all activities on the farm with pumpkins and concessions available at an additional cost.

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Middleton’s Legacy Farm Lawnscapes – Charles County
Middleton’s Legacy Farm Lawnscapes, known for their Christmas trees and handcrafted furniture, started inviting families to enjoy their Fall Festival in 2019. The Waldorf farm takes visitors off the busy main road and into a serene and quiet landscape that will have the whole family ready for fall fun. Legacy Farm is open to the public for the 2021 season every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. There is a lot to do and see at Middleton’s Legacy Farm. Activities include farm animals, a corn maze, kids corn maze, hayrides, and pumpkin patch. Stay and play their inventive pumpkin themed games such as pumpkin checkers, pumpkin bowling, and even a pumpkin sling shot. General admission is $10 per person with kids under 2 free. Admission includes all activities available on the farm with pumpkins available at an additional cost.

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Horsmon Farm – Calvert County
Horsmon Farm has served Calvert County as a place for agricultural education and fun activities for many years. Located in St. Leonard, their scenic views bring families back every year. They also provide educational farm tours and sell farm-raised meats and produce. Horsmon Farm is open to the public for the fall 2021 season starting on Sept. 25 and every Saturday in October from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. See their website for weekday hours. Creative and fun activities await every member of the family at Horsman Farms. They include a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, sunflower field, hayrides, and an educational farm trail. Their most unique feature is a Sudan grass maze. Sudan grass is a tall grass similar to corn that they grow and harvest as hay for the cattle. General admission is $9 per person with kids under 2 free. This includes all activities on the farm with pumpkins available at an additional cost. ▪

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Make sure to visit one of these local farms this season.
Bowles Farm
22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements. 301-475-2139, bowlesfarm.com, activities include: corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon ride, playground, barnyard, and barrel rides.
Horsmon Farm
1865 Horsmon Farm Lane, St. Leonard. 443-532-5761, horsmonfarm.com, activities include: Sudan grass maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and hayrides.

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Middleton’s Legacy Farm Lawnscapes
5190 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf. 301-861-8414, legacyfarmlawnscapes.com, activities include: corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, and pumpkin games.
Forrest Hall Farm
39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville. 301-884-3086, forresthallfarm.com, activities include: pumpkin patch, corn maze, playground, farmstand, and hayrides.
Serenity Farm Inc
6932 Serenity Farm Road, Benedict. 301-399-1634, serenityfarminc.com, activities include: hayrides, petting zoo, hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, and Halloween Barn.

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Shlagel Farms LLC
12850 Shlagel Road, Waldorf.
301-645-4554, shlagelfarms.com, activities include: pumpkin patach, petting zoo, straw maze, and hayrides.