Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you've had a wonderful holiday.

It's been a busy few weeks at the farm as we've begun our cabbage harvest. Cabbage is our 'winter' crop as it can withstand cold temperatures and that's a good thing since it hasn't exactly been warm these past several days!

We've also put a garden in for Scott's Country Market this season and we're got great fresh produce on hand, like strawberries, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, to name a few. Come on by and get your fruit and vegetables directly from our farm and experience the wholesome goodness of fresh produce.

For your added convenience, we're also selling our produce at our highway stand on 441, just south of Zellwood and will soon be at some other farmer's markets in the area. This weekend, please come by and see us at Lakeridge Winery's festival in Clermont.

Although our corn maze is now closed, we're about to open up the farm for parties and special events. There will be special rates for birthday parties - which include our jumping pillow, playgrounds and zip line, as well as rates for our tree maze. Stayed tuned for more info!

Do you have any ideas for what you'd like to see us selling, or items you'd like to see featured in the cafe? We'd love to hear from you!

Anna Sciarrino
Director, Sales & Marketing

Friday, November 18, 2011

'Tis the Season

As the fall season winds down, we are, once again, so grateful for a bountiful harvest and the patronage of our guests in helping to make this such a wonderful time. Weekends at the farm have been so much fun and our weekday groups have had a great time learning and exploring. And it’s not over yet!

Thanksgiving weekend, we begin our transition over to the Christmas holidays and we have so much going on! From getting lost in the maze and shopping at our market, to buying christmas trees and visiting with Santa Clause, there is something for everyone as we approach our final three weeks. Come by and join us and please remember to bring a toy for our local children which will be distributed through Toys for Tots.

This year, Scott’s Country Market will remain open through the winter months and we have so many crops planted to ensure a great supply of fresh, local produce and food into the spring. Please come by and let us help you bring our farm to your table.

On behalf of everyone at Long & Scott Farms, best wishes for the holidays and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Anna Sciarrino
Director, Sales & Marketing
Long & Scott Farms
Growing great produce since 1963

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Scott's Country Market

Our fall season is in full swing at Scott’s Country Market. The famous Zellwood Sweet Corn is sweet and tender as always and picked fresh daily for our market. We also have Kirby Cucumbers, okra, eggplant, squash, and zucchini grown right here at Long & Scott Farms.

Our cooler is stocked with even more fresh produce, Amish butter and cheeses, and some new bacon, sausages, and bratwurst. Don’t forget to check out our decorations for the perfect addition to your fall d├ęcor, including everything from corn stalks to the perfect carving pumpkin! Come see us anytime Tuesday through Saturday from 9-5, and on Sundays from 1-5. Please let us know how we can help you.

We can’t wait to see you at the market!

Haley Scott
Retail Sales Supervisor

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Corn Maze, 1st Weekend

Hey all you corny maze lovers out there, our Maze team made it through our first weekend of 2011 with flying colors. Wow, our 9th year and we have come a long way. Thanks from all the Maze crew to those who came out this weekend. We did provide a little liquid sunshine and boy it did feel good. Yes, Saturday was hot but there was the Wind Tunnel and the Mist Maze to help cool us off. Thanks to the Original Lake Eustis Dixie Land Band, the music was super and we will see you guys back out here soon. Sunday was beautiful after a quick ‘lite’ rain. It even chased the bugs away! Our Clown face painters were adorable, Thanks girls.
Thanks to all that came out and for your comment and pictures! Please keep them coming. Kevin thanks for that great suggestion and hope to see you again. We do plan to get on that suggestion too. We really had so many fun and happy visitors; you make it even more fun to be out here.
This coming weekend we have a “cool” theme going! It will involve water balloons and the first 200 kids will get some “cool” goodies! We look forward to seeing you out at the Corn Maze!
Rebecca and Crew from somewhere in the big maze

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

President's Blog

I want to apologize to all our faithful followers for my absence on our blog. I have been very busy working hard, along with our dedicated staff, to make sure our Maze and Market would be ready for your attendance this fall.

We have made many improvements to insure the greatest experience you could possibly have at Scott's Maze Adventures. From expanding the market for better flow and ease of checking in and out, to the installation of our new 40 x 65 foot jumping pillow for even more fun in our maze park. We have also put an information center under the tower with water sales for everyone's convenience.

Cathy and Tom are back with their wonderful cooking, along the Catfish House that features excellent seafood selections and Snowballs to cool and quench you thirst.

We have expanded the dates from Sept 17th to Dec. 11 to give more folks a chance to visit us and experience all the fall holidays with us. We will have pumpkins for October and November, and Christmas trees available after Thanksgiving for your very Merry Christmas.

Our growers have planted one of the most beautiful mazes we have ever had, and we have been blessed with the most perfect weather. They have also increased the size of our garden to provide more fresh vegetables grown right here on the farm. Scott's Zellwood Gourmet Sweet Corn is in early, and as sweet as it can be.

When you come to the market and maze, please don't forget the new entrance from Jones Avenue which brings you into the back of the market where we have plenty of parking for your convenience. My sister Rebecca, our Maze Manager and daughter Haley, our Market Manager, have done a great job bringing in a very good staff intent on the ultimate customer service to make your visit fun and memorable.

We are ready and looking forward to having each and everyone of you come to see us this fall. Please let us hear from you and let us know how we can serve you better.

Hank Scott
President, Long & Scott Farms

Monday, September 19, 2011

Harvest Time!

Our season has finally gotten under way and we are, once again, so fortunate to be in the business of harvesting food! We’re now shipping corn and pickling cucumbers and even have a garden planted for Scott’s Country Market. Our costs are still going up, however, and this is always a concern for us. It’s a long time between planting and receiving payment and our input costs keep rising. It seems everything on the farm is tied to the price of petroleum and while you may see the price of gas going down, we already have planted under the higher prices.

We are also fortunate to have enjoyed good weather up until now. As I’m sure you’re all aware, the end of the summer was not so kind to our neighbors in the Northern and Midwestern states. For many it meant a complete loss of crop and this is just devastating to everyone involved. As a result, there is a pretty empty pipeline of many fruits and vegetables right now. Even bringing them in from California and/or Mexico doesn’t offer a cost-effective solution as the freight costs to truck them into the east coast are exorbitant. These costs and shortages will mean some higher prices in the stores for many and we, along with the companies we supply and who supply us, are trying to do everything possible to keep the costs down.

Scott’s Maze Adventures, along with Scott’s Country Market opened this past weekend. We are glad to be up and going and we hope you’ll come join us for a great day on the farm. We’ll be open two weeks longer as well and besides our pumpkins in October, we’ll also be bringing Christmas trees in Thanksgiving weekend. Our weekends are full of lots of events and contests, not to mention all the different things to do out in the maze part, like our 60’ slide and brand new Jumping Pillow.

We’re looking forward to having everyone here this season. As ever, thanks so much for all your support and continued patronage and best wishes for a wonderful fall!

Anna Sciarrino
Director, Sales & Marketing

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Update from Maze Manager

Wow! Where has the Summer gone….and only 3 weeks until the opening day of our 2011 Scott’s Maze Adventures, on Saturday the 17th of September. This is going on our 9th year! That’s 9 different 7 acre corn mazes from Long & Scott Farms! Great Scott we have come a Long way baby.

It has been a busy week at the Farm. The design was cut on Monday and the tilling of the paths followed, anytime Farmer Hank got an hour or two away from the office. Of course his cell phone still works in the Corn Maze and business must go on. Now we grow, we weed & mow, we re-paint, we repair and we are installing the new Jumping Pillow! We have heard from many of you that are excited to get lost in this year’s maze design and to see what is new out here at the Farm. We have got fun events planned for the weekends and are looking forward to seeing new and old friends alike.

You can save time by buying tickets online. It is easy and safe. Payment is done through PayPal. Just go out to our website and look for online tickets. We are also taking group reservations for weekdays, Fridays fill up fast so reserve your date and time now!