Corn Maze Yields Big Business for Local Farmer

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

It's been a less than perfect farming season here in mid-Michigan, but with a little creative thinking one local farmer is able to keep business growing by cutting out a corn maze and opening it up to the public.

Mark Benjamin owns the Bestmaze Corn Maze in Williamston. He and his family started it four years ago. Benjamin says with all of the housing developments going up he can't buy more land to farm. Couple that with record rainfall in May and delayed plantings and Benjamin has an even bigger problem. He and his family, like dozens of farmers in Michigan, found corn mazes to be their solution.

Bestmaze encompasses 20 acres with three miles of winding trails and a new theme cut into the corn each year. Benjamin draws up the plan in the winter and spends hundreds of hours mapping and measuring it out in the spring.

The Benjamin's won't be able to gage their profits until closer to the end of the season, but they say they've done well in other years. It's been a good supplement to bad farming and unlike a less than perfect yield, none of the corn maze goes to waste. At the end of the season, the corn is harvested and used mainly for feed then the stalks are plowed under and recycled into the ground. In the spring, the land will be tilled and more corn will be planted.

For more information on Bestmaze Corn Maze in Williamston visit www.bestmaze.com.


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