Reinventing the family farm; corn maze and country story
October 3, 2012 —
The sign in front of the old family farmhouse said the farm was established in 1866. It’s been through a number of reincarnations, for instance when, according to the farm’s website, “Timothy Cunningham changed the farm to growing sweet corn to sell directly to consumers. There was a roadside stand out on Route 17B where customers could stop to pick up dinner. This was in the days when you could leave a can on the table and trust people to leave their money if the grandkids had gotten tired of sitting out by the table and wanted a break.”
The latest redo comes through the efforts of Timothy’s children, Chris, Colleen and Patrick. The three held a grand opening on the farm on September 29, as kids wandered through the four-acre corn maze and adults perused the goods in the country store.
Chris, who was until recently commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services and left because of health issues, and was previously the chairman of the county legislature, said, “We decided it was time to do something with the property to try to support itself a bit and to go in a new direction.”
They bill the farm now as an agri-tourism destination for people and families of all ages. Complete with a corn maze, hay bale maze for younger children, a hayride, and a harvest market selling pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, Indian corn and more, Cunningham Family Farms aims to be a great place to spend an afternoon with friends and family.