TRENTON – At the end of the season for the 12th annual Corn Maze, Howell Farm will host a picking party on Saturday, Nov. 8, to get residents involved in harvesting the corn used to create the maze. The public is invited to participate in the harvest, which will feature a wildlife program, corn picking and feed mixing activities, music, food, a craft program and wagon rides.
The picking party will benefit the Mercer County Wildlife Center, which will use the corn to feed its injured and orphaned wildlife. A section of the cornfield maze has already been reserved for the special harvest, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This year we expect to harvest 140,000 ears of corn from the maze, which is the equivalent of approximately 25 percent of the total corn used in the maze,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “That’s just part of the fun, though—as in years past, we’ve got a whole host of activities scheduled to celebrate the closing of the maze.”
A wildlife demonstration with naturalists from the Mercer County Wildlife Center will take place at 12:30 and 2 p.m. The naturalists will introduce visitors to the animals and explain how the wildlife center works. Farmers will use a restored Farmall tractor to pull wagonloads of picked corn to the crib for storage, and from 1-2pm children can climb up onto the tractor seat and learn about the kind of horsepower that replaced draft horses during the 1930s and 1940s.
Admission to the picking activity and wildlife demonstration is free. There is a charge for food, rides, crafts and entrance to the maze, which will be open for its final session that day from noon until 4 p.m.
The harvest program will be held at Howell Farm's Maze, located at the Belle Mountain Ski Area, on Valley Road., just of Rt. 29, two miles south of Lambertville, NJ. The Farm's historic site, located one mile east of the maze along Valley Road, will also be open. The Farm will offer self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.