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Fun for all seasons at Powers Farms

By Sherry Jacobs
Staff Writer

October 25, 2012

Photo by Sherry Jacobs
Chaperones guide children through the corn maze at Powers Farms. Corn mazes are one of the main attractions at the farm during the fall.
Ghosts, spider webs, nature trails, a fish pond, games, ice cream, fruits, vegetables and a corn maze are some of the features and decorations available at Powers Farms this fall.

Powers Strawberries Farm Market, owned by Mitzi and Jimmy Powers, is a family operated farm. The 46-acre farm has been farmed by past generations, mostly for tobacco.

When tobacco began to fade out and earn less money, the family transitioned to soybeans and corn as their only crops. In 2002 they decided to add strawberries to the mix.

There was another farm in the area that offered patrons a chance to pick their own strawberries. Powers Farm chose to do the same thing, switching to 1.5 acres of the farm and a very small building. By 2005 the farm was a popular spot for the community to go for strawberries and to just hang around to socialize.

"My dad said if we are going to have a place of business, we need a place that is good for people to come to," said Amy Powers, the owners' daughter.

In 2005, they built a larger building. They started planting other items by customer request. They now offer corn, pumpkins, watermelon, squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes and beans. Strawberries are still their main crop.

In 2006, as the farm was expanding, the family included tours for the fall and spring seasons to the public.

The tours were designed mostly for younger children.

In the fall, schools in the surrounding areas visit the farm. Children learn about how crops are planted and harvested.

The children also take a hay ride to the maze. This maze may be a corn, wheat or bean maze.

After the maze, they are taken to a haunted barn on the farm. There they play musical chairs to Halloween music and take pictures.

After this, the children go the main building to paint pumpkins, learn about bees and play sweet hot potato or mini-golf.

From there, it's on to the nature trails and the fish pond to feed the fish.

During the spring tours, instead of the haunted barn and pumpkin painting, the children have ice cream and pick strawberries. They are shown how to pick strawberries without smashing them.

The Powers family plans to continue expanding the events that are offered to the public. In the years to come, they would like to have events that are for older children.

The tours take place until Nov. 30 at the farm on 906 Baker Church Road in Lumberton. They run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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