Visiting corn mazes and going apple picking are favorite fall activities for Illinois residents. So when a local farm in Woodstock, about 60 miles from Chicago, posted a photo of its new corn maze on Reddit, it’s no surprise the thread garnered hundreds of comments.
But this isn’t your typical corn maze.
“Glory to Ukraine,” reads the message atop an eight-acre corn maze, above a design of two Ukrainian symbols: the sunflower, Ukraine’s national flower, and a trident, Ukrainian coat of arms.
Above, an American eagle planted with corn is surrounded by two stars and the phrase “God Bless America”.
“It didn’t take long,” said Sergiy Bazylyuk, owner of Sun Berry Farm, where the corn maze is located, with his family, made up of first-generation Ukrainian immigrants and farmers from the northern suburbs. west.
According to Bazylyuk, the maze was easy to make and completed in about a day, using a design map and a computerized digital planter that automatically distributed seeds to specific locations.
But for Bazylyuk, who grew up on a farm in Ukraine, it’s also incredibly meaningful.
“The original plan was to express how grateful we are to the United States for helping Ukraine during these difficult times,” he said. “We would also like to express the glory to our heroes in Ukraine for protecting us so far.”
With a background in agriculture, Bazylyuk says growing and owning a farm has always been his dream. After coming to the United States for college, his next step was to collect enough money for a down payment, buy a farm, and get to work.
In all, he buys three: Sun Berry Orchard Farm, in Woodstock, where the corn maze is located; Sun Berry Orchard in Mundelein, with a petting zoo, heritage products and freshly pressed apple cider, and Sun Berry Orchard U-Pick, also in Woodstock, where fresh produce and more than 100 varieties of apples are ripe for the picking – including Honeycrisp, Gala and Antonovka, a variety native to Eastern Europe.
Hours at each location vary. As for the corn maze, admission is $10 per person, with 10% of corn maze proceeds going to aid Ukraine, says a post on Berry Orchard’s Facebook page.
“We hope you’ll come visit it not just for the thrill of getting lost in the corn, but also for the larger message it carries about our common humanity,” the post reads.
For more information on visiting the farms, visit the Sun Berry Orchard website.