The great outdoors is more entertaining than the diminutive outdoors, whose low-hanging clouds and knee-level mountains make running dangerous. Stretch your legs with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a corn-maze outing for two to at Cooper's CSA Farm and Maze in Zephyr (a $19 value). Check the maze's schedule beforehand, as hours vary. The outing includes:
- Admission to the Uxbridge Maize corn maze for two people (a $16 value)
- One U-pick pumpkin (a $3 value)
The recipient of 2010's Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers award, Cooper's Farm and Maze staff invites all-ages adventurers onto its grounds to take part in its outdoor activity offerings. Navigate the Uxbridge Maize's 10 acres, browsing rows of massive stalks while avoiding dead-end passageways and dragons-in-training. Late-night hours (open until 10 p.m. Saturdays after September 24) enable navigators to keep challenging the labyrinth's starchy turns after sundown under the moon's natural lantern light. After emerging to open ground, guests head to one of the sprawling self-pick patches to harvest their own pumpkin based on qualities such as shape, colour, and family friendliness. Though not included in this deal, Cooper's Farm boasts other walled and unwalled activities, such as wagon rides, farm tours, slides, and animal viewing. Guests can also head to the farm store to mingle in stocks of local produce, preserves, honey, oils, and meat from pasture-raised animals that, like the healthiest impressionist paintings, are also hormone- and antibiotic-free.
Cooper's CSA Farm & Maze
Steve and Lisa Cooper haven't just vowed to stick together through sickness and health. The recipients of 2010's Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers award have made that pledge to their land, practicing sustainable, eco-friendly farming that yields Cooper's CSA Farm & Maze's wealth of produce. Through their community-supported agriculture program, the Coopers' pair members with weekly baskets of veggies, fruits, and meats such as free-range chicken, hormone- and antibiotic-free Angus-grade beef, and pasture-fed goat and Berkshire pork. Their farm store stocks the same locally produced goods alongside preserves, local honeys, dressings, and cured meats.
Tours of the family-owned farm give guests a behind-the-scenes look at the Coopers’ methods, along with wagon rides that wend through the property and goat and chicken walks that introduce visitors to the livestock. Elsewhere on their grounds, a 10-acre corn maze stymies attempts to navigate its labyrinthine twists, a pumpkin patch overflows with gourds ripe for picking, and horse swings let youngsters mimic galloping on small steeds without having to shrink a real horse in the dryer.