If you leave smallhouse and travel a few miles north on 58th Ave, you’ll find yourself in the old, rural section of Vero Beach where citrus farming once flourished. Although many groves have recently sold to land developers, Countryside Citrus remains a family enterprise with an eye toward the future. Today they opened Indian River County‘s first (ever) maze in the 4 acre cornfield behind their store:
……and I was there! (i’m the one with the camera following my friend Ivana….whose granddaughter is barely visible over her left shoulder. 😉 )
Mazes like this are designed by a company from Utah, with a simple yet clever name: “Maize Inc.” For the past 16 years, they’ve used a combo of CAD and geometry to turn more than 2000 cornfields into agritainment destinations. The idea is to take a few wrong turns, get lost, double back and maybe even start over, but never, ever feel panicky that an exit’s out of reach! Upon entering, maze-goers are handed a map and soon pass a “crop cop” watching the field from his perch on high!
It took approximately 30 minutes to complete the maze and then it was off to explore the rest of the farm. A free ice cream is included with the 9.00 admission fee, so we sat by the pond for a little break while we ate!
The view from the opposite side was equally pretty:
Inside we found a nice selection of fruit and other wares:
We really had a lot of fun at Countryside today! Before we left, I sampled a Southern snack I’d never, EVER heard of: boiled peanuts..and were they ever GOOD!
As one who comes from the land of baked beans, boiled peanuts required some research! I found an interesting FAQ and some great recipes in this article from Southern Living. Definitely something to make at home!
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
Until next time……
🙂 🙂 🙂
- Amazing Maize Maze (ruralhill.wordpress.com)
- Enter at Your Own Risk: 10 A(maze)ing Corn Mazes Near Seattle (redtri.com)
- Maze Makers: How Cornfield Labyrinths are Designed (tested.com)
- There Is A Maze In England That Is Shaped Like A Dalek (buzzfeed.com)
- Corn maze celebrates UMF’s 150th anniversary (bangordailynews.com)
- Spooky Pit Stops: Find a corn maze in 47 states! (pitstopsforkids.com)
- An Amazing Maze of Maize (suitcaseandheels.com)