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Freedom through discipline. Life lessons from the farm.

1984 photo by Gail McPherson of the Paul McPherson, Generation 4, after the completion of the farm market you know and enjoy today. Growth happens slowly over time; a lesson it took me awhile to learn.

Freedom through discipline. Life lessons from the farm.

Hello from the farm!

The full quote is from Jocko Willink, Navy Seal:

“Freedom is what everyone wants — to be able to act and live with freedom. But the only way to get to a place of freedom is through discipline. [For instance] If you want more free time, you have to follow a more disciplined time management system. “

Another way to say it is:

“We do what we have to so we can do what we want to.” ― James Farmer

Isn’t this always the way? We think that want we want is to do whatever we want whenever we want to, but that false freedom always comes up short as money runs out, relationships suffer, and time slips away.

I remember being young (I’m still close enough to it to remember). I fell for every “get-rich-quick scheme” from Amway to utility bills, always trying to short circuit life, when all the while building a real business right here on the farm.

This is the 24th season of Maize Quest and, while all those schemes failed, the farm and maze remain. Thanks to you, we have (nearly) survived 2020 and all it’s extra trials as well. We’ve survived by putting our heads down and getting to the un-glamourous, day-to-day work that keeps this farm community of employees, neighbors, and guests healthy, both inside and out.

We just keep doing what we have to do,

so we can do what we want to do.

After this year’s pandemic and restrictions stripped away all the superfluous, hectic distractions of life and restricted us even more directly to the farm, I had a realization.

The work that “we have to do, so we can to the things we want to do” IS the work I want to do.

More than ever, I feel so blessed to be on this farm, with this team of people working so hard at what we do, that when you get a break from the work you have to do, one of the things you can do is visit here and enjoy time with your family.

It is our most remarkable and most humbling privilege to do this work for you.

Only two weekends remain as we close for the season on Sunday November 8th. We’d love to host you here for fresh air, food and FUN.

See you soon on the farm,

Farmer Hugh

APPLES: Get York Imperial, JonaGold, Mutsu, Crispen, Rome, Smoothee Golds, Red Chief, Jonees, Stayman, and Empire Apples in the market this weekend. (Very few on the trees, but you are welcome to look.)

Pick-your-own is our favorite way for our apples to find a home, and you can get the #1 varieties while supplies last in the orchards.

  1. Just $24/half bu, just $20 if you pick 2 or more bags.
  2. Remember that we’ll be selling these as pick-your-own in our one-time-use plastic 1/2 bushel picking bags so you can safely take the apples home after picking. Please, no containers from home.

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Bring your mask for shopping indoors, riding the wagon and interacting with our staff, then enjoy mask-free picking as you can easily social distance in the gigantic pumpkin patch

Pumpkins are just $.75 per pound, but NO pumpkin costs more than $15 – no matter how big.

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