Corny fun-raiser

Crop circles go high tech with the microchip-like corn maze at the FARM Institute. The aerial photograph was taken from Mike Creato's red bi-plane piloted by Doug Chaffee. Photo by Ralph Stewart
Crop circles go high tech with the microchip-like corn maze at the FARM Institute. The aerial photograph was taken from Mike Creato's red bi-plane piloted by Doug Chaffee. Photo by Ralph Stewart

Posted August 31, 2006

The FARM Institute (TFI) in Edgartown decided to raise the fun level last Saturday by hosting Corn-A-Palooza. Families enjoyed music, hayrides, scarecrow making, and trips through the new corn maze.

"TFI is a community farm and we would like as many people here as possible," said Rob Goldfarb, camp and event director, before the festivities. He got his wish. More than 800 people visited the farm on August 24.

"It was fantastic. The clouds parted and it was another beautiful day in Katama," said executive director Matthew Goldfarb, Rob's brother. "It's their farm as well," he added, explaining why it is important for the community to see what is going on at TFI.

The staff underestimated the popularity of the scarecrow making, preparing for 50 and then running out in the first hour. They cleverly disassembled the scarecrows so other families could make them again. The final scarecrows were then set up in the corn maze. Other surprises in the maze are a rock garden and a fairy garden, the latter sporting giant mushrooms and a wishing well.

Dakota Beef, Island Food Products, Morning Glory Farm, and Cronig's provided the food for Corn-A-Palooza.

If you are waiting for a special occasion to visit TFI, on Friday, Oct. 13, there will be a movie night. Families will enjoy "Field of Dreams" in the early part of the evening while the more adventurous can see the more eerie "Children of the Corn" and a "Twilight Zone" episode in the dark, dark night.

For more information on the FARM Institute, visit www.farminstitute.org or call 508-627-7007. The corn maze is open daily from sunrise to sunset through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $10.