By DORIS COOK
MESOPOTAMIA - - Sharon and Steve Grover's Ridgeview Farm is bustling today with the opening of it's 8th annual educational corn maize, "Let's Discover Ohio", family hayrides, pick your own pumpkins, Amish bakery stand plus tours on their Route 87 farm.
"We invite the public to come enjoy a day in the country and capture the fall before it leaves. From our hilltop location there is a spectacular 30-mile view . We are one of the highest points in Trumbull County," said owner/farmer Steve Grover.
The fall fun weekends are offered every Saturday and Sunday from today through Oct. 29 between the hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. there is a $3.50 admission charge for the hayride and or corn maize. Each weekend will feature a special event at the farm, said Grover's wife, Sharon.
The family grows fresh berries and pumpkins through the summer and fall seasons, which are sold at their market building along with other area grown veggies. Visitors can buy apples, winter squash, apple cider and Amish baked goods.
The pumpkin patch is a favorite site where farm visitors have the opportunity to go pick out their pumpkin in the field.
"It's all part of our harvest season here. Our corn maize is designed not just for fun as you wander through the paths, but people will learn more about their state this year," Sharon said.
For the next month the special events include the following: Sept. 30 - - Antique Tractor Show; Oct. 7 - - Native American Visit Dance at 2 and 4 p.m.; Oct. 14 - - Arts & Crafts Show with make and take project starting at 1 p.m.; Oct. 21 - - Pioneer Days; and on Oct. 28 - - Scare Crow and Pumpkin Decorating contests.
The Grovers open their farm for field trips to local schools, area organizations and host tours for other groups. For group tours call ahead at 440-693-4000 for information or visit the farm's Web site at www.ridgeviewfarmtours.com.
Star Beacon Print Edition: 9/23/2006