Lost in maize: Corn maze set for September opening in Plympton

Janice Nickerson

PLYMPTON - Looking for a way to get lost in a crowd? Deciding what direction your life will take? The MAiZE at Sauchuk Farm in Plympton, built in six acres of corn, might be just for you.

Visitors to the farm-grown maze will be able to wander aimlessly starting Sept. 7, and every weekend through Oct. 28.

The maze, off Center Street with a large parking area nearby, is adjacent to 50 acres of farmland and offers a panoramic view of the large locally-planted fields opened to the public.

The maze was designed by The MAiZE, a professional maze-making company based in Utah, and commemorates Plympton's 300th anniversary. The idea for the design was provided by local farmer Scott Sauchuk.

The maze design includes the town name, along with a pair of galloping horses and the dates 1707-2007.

The design provides the framework for the paths cut through the high corn stalks, which take visitors over a 32-foot long, eight-foot high bridge that provides a view above the stalks for those who want to get their bearings or stop and take a photo.

Sauchuk, owner of Sauchuk Farm, has sold fresh grown vegetables for years, many grown on his seven-plus acre Palmer Road farm. But now his business has taken a new turn - and another, and another. In fact, Sauchuk figures that if you follow The MAiZE through to the end, it will take close to 45 minutes. An easier route takes 10to 15 minutes. He said young children will be expected to go through the maze with their parents.

If you get lost, said Sauchuk, there will be "Corn Cops" available to assist visitors with directions to the exit, "or escort them out of the maze."

Sauchuk said he decided to including a maze in his farm plan after he leased 50 acres from Cumberland Farms, then realized he wouldn't be able to sell the huge amount of corn he could grow on the site. His idea to incorporate the maze in his business allows the property to remain farmland while providing an alternative source of income from the land.

Having heard about mazes over a few years he hired the Utah-based company to cut the six-foot wide paths after corn died back on a prepared design grid.

"The corn was planted in rows going both ways to allow the paths to be cut," he said.

Sauchuk said hay rides will be available to take those looking for a Halloween pumpkin to the pumpkin field from the maze. It will be open until to dusk this year, but he may remain open later in future years to include a haunted maze adventure. The hours will be Fridays noon to dusk, and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to dusk.