Oxford Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch brings fall fun to Hersey

Co-owner: "It's always been a dream of ours"

HERSEY — Get your sweaters ready.

Oxford Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch will be opening for their second season of fun at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, this time boasting several upgrades and new features for families to enjoy.

One of the owners of the farm, Rose Stieg, said “Hopefully they’ll enjoy the farm as much as we as a family enjoy our farm.”

Kendra Kissane, co-owner and manager of the farm, said the turnout last year was "more than expected."

"Since we had such a great response from our community, we wanted to invest more into providing a source of fall fun on a farm, in terms of agrotourism for our community," she said.

The attraction now features a new hay tower for kids to play on, in addition to a new kids' corn maze that was designed by the family to look like a barn, a new farm store that was built by local Amish men with fresh cider and donuts, more picnic spots, and more yard games. There will also be a local food truck vendor for several of the weekends, selling gourmet grilled cheeses.

The farm has also moved the days they're going to be open to the public from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday, hoping that people can make it after church and enjoy themselves.

"We hope that it will be more than we expect this year as well because we’ve put a lot of time, energy, and resources to enhance the experience," Kissane said.

Other items available at the new farm store include popcorn, caramel apples, coffee, locally made fall decor, heirloom pumpkins and farm-fresh bouquets.

"I’m excited. I can’t wait to see people. It’s a good time to see the neighbors, friends that you haven't seen in a long time," Stieg said.

The family takes the time to explain agriculture to their guests who are curious about how crops grow or how their livestock is managed.

"We know that it’s hard for the general public to experience farms," Kissane said, citing that most people living in the U.S. are far removed from agriculture.

Kissane and her family wanted to make sure costs are low and there are plenty of opportunities for kids and families to enjoy and experience their farm.

"We wanted to keep it at a price point for our community that is something everybody can come and enjoy," Kissane said.

The focus has always been on the community aspect of hosting a festival rather than making money, and Kissane and her family do it primarily to give back and provide a place for people to enjoy the natural beauty of autumn in Michigan. 

Kissane and her husband moved back to her family's farm from the Grand Rapids area with the idea of hosting a fall festival for the whole community to enjoy. 

"As we got older, my husband and I wanted to serve our community, and we both looked at each other and said we wanted to come back to the area I grew up in," Kissane said. "My family welcomed us with open arms.

"We’ve always wanted to do this, but we never had enough manpower. It’s always been a dream of ours to do something in the fall," Kissane added.

The farm also hosts themed nights, this year will be the farm's first "Haunted Corn Maze."

"We’re excited, we’ve had quite a few people volunteer to scare and haunt people," Kissane said.

Upcoming themed nights include:

  • Sept. 24-25: “Light up the Night.” Guests can walk the corn maze at night with a flashlight. 7-10 p.m. $15 a ticket. Stieg said this event was a resounding success last year, especially for kids.
  • Oct. 9: Fall photos on the farm with the professional photographer "Ol' Mother Hen." The cost is $15 for an edited photo, and $5 of the proceeds from each purchase go to Spectrum Health's Susan P. Wheatley Cancer Center in Reed City.
  • Oct.15-16: First annual Haunted Corn Maze. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Cost is $15 a ticket.

"I’m excited. I can’t wait to see people. It’s a good time to see the neighbors, friends that you haven't seen in a long time," Stieg said.

IF YOU GO

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. Sundays, from Sept. 3 through Oct. 16.
  • Location: 1799 S. 155th Ave Hersey, MI 49639.
  • Phone: 616-498-8236.
  • Cost: $5 per person for the corn maze is $5, kids ages 5 and under are free. Themed nights are $15 a ticket. Accepts cash or credit.

More information can be found at their website, oxfordfarmcornmaze.com, or on their Facebook page, facebook.com/oxfordfarmcornmaze.