LEVANT — Treworgy Family Orchards in was voted one of the top 10 corn mazes by USA Today’s 10 BEST Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row. They placed 2nd with this year’s design “Blueberries for Sal”.
“We’re really thankful for each of our loyal supporters who voted for us and helped us gain national recognition for a truly Maine design” said Jonathan Kenerson, maze artist and CEO at Treworgy Family Orchards.
“Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey (Penguin, 1948) is a classic Maine children’s book that follows a mother and daughter, Sal, as they harvest Maine blueberries and encounter a mother and baby bear doing the same. The maze – which is designed, laid out, and planted by Treworgy family members – pictures a mother bear followed by little Sal carrying her blueberry pail.
“We were very excited to partner with “Blueberries for Sal” on this project,” said Kenerson, “because the book embodies all the values and traditions we hold dear at our farm – adventures with family, harvesting your own food, and connecting with nature”.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the book being awarded the Caldecott Honor for most distinguished American picture book for children.
Treworgy Family Orchards has been making unique mazes since 2001. Each maze is custom designed to fit the field – which they rotate each year for crop health.
“It’s possible to hire companies to design a maze on the computer and plant it with GPS enabled tractors, but we’re proud of the fact that this maze is Maine-made from start to finish. We design the artwork ourselves and lay it out with old fashioned surveying techniques we learned in engineering classes at UMaine” said Kenerson.
Treworgy’s award-winning corn maze will remain open through the first weekend in November. Treworgy’s special Night Maze challenge invites visitors to bring flashlights and enter the maze on the evenings of Oct. 18,19, 25 and 26. Visitors can find out more and view past maze designs at treworgyorchards.com.
About Treworgy Family Orchards:
Gary and Patty Treworgy bought 42 acres of land in Levant in 1983 with the vision of creating a place where other families can join the experience of a family farm – connecting with community and agriculture. Today, Treworgy Family Orchards welcomes thousands of families every year to pick apples and pumpkins, pet and feed livestock, walk through its corn maze and enjoy delicious ice cream.