Yoder’s Farm has always found a way to keep its corn maze up to date.
Owner Delvin Yoder said the attraction features several noteworthy designs this year.
“We've got several features in the maze this year that would kind of remind you of 2020,” Yoder said.
The maze, consisting of elaborate geometric designs, has the year “2020,” mowed into it and several other features. It can be viewed from above on the farm’s website. Yoder’s son mows it each year.
Yoder said his son used to draw designs for the maze on graph paper when he first started mowing it several years ago, but has since learned how to code and now maps the maze each year with a computer before mowing it using GPS.
“We start when the corn is maybe a foot tall, and we mow it with a zero turn and a laptop computer on the shelf on there with a GPS unit,” Yoder said.
Yoder’s Farm has a commercial arm, growing strawberries, pumpkins, tomatoes and soybeans and also raising beef cattle, but according to Yoder has become increasingly consumer-based.
“Those are things we can kind of tuck in the cracks where we have some extra time,” Yoder said. “Our priority is more and more retail, direct to consumer, farm to table type marketing.”
The farm also offers ice cream, apple cider slushies, jellies and more at its store and snack shack.
Yoder said staff members have been wearing masks, and that the size of his farm makes it easy for visitors to maintain social distance.
“You're going to have to spread yourselves out some, but we've got plenty of room to do that,” Yoder said.
The farm has about 20 acres of corn, roughly 11 of which consist of the corn maze. It also has several acres of strawberries, most of which are picked by visitors.
“Pick your own strawberries is a big deal for us,” Yoder said.
Yoder said he had to come up with creative solutions to ensure strawberry picking could continue under the pandemic.
“That was affected some by COVID. But we just had to arrange zones for people,” Yoder said.
Though the pandemic has presented some challenges, Yoder said the farm has been able to stay fairly busy.
“It's worth our while to take good care of our guests,” Yoder said.