To offer farm visitors the opportunity to enjoy new experiences in an entertaining, wholesome, challenging, and educational way.
To remain innovative and creative in the field of "agri-tainment” that will provide a fun, educational and unique experience for all our guests. To maintain the farm in such a way that will provide a quality lifestyle for the generations that follow.
In 1920, the first generation of the Lawrence Family, Arthur and Dora, were raising dairy cows and growing vegetables and grain crops which made the farm very typical of the era. The farm became known as Long Acre Farms because many of the crop fields measured over one mile in length.
When Harlan, the son, and Charleen "Bunny" Lawrence, 2nd generation, took over in 1968, the first era of change began. The cows were sold, and they crop farmed 1200 acres of snap beans, sweet corn, field corn, wheat, dry beans, and soybeans.
Years later, the current co-owners, Doug and Joan (Lawrence) Allen, 3rd generation, became involved with the farm after their marriage in 1983. They formed a partnership with Harlan and Bunny in 1990, and more changes were underway. In 1993, they built a permanent market on Eddy Road across from the main farm house. Here, they sold a variety of local produce as well as their own popular sweet corn. Soon after that, they added school tours, a gift shop, ice cream shop, play area, and organized weekend events.
However, Long Acre Farms' true claim to fame came in 1998 with the addition of a nationally known agri-tourist phenomenon, the Amazing Maize Maze®. It opened in late July and became the first AMM site in New York State. This five-acre corn maze, which opens yearly and brings thousands of visitors to the farm annually is now the second longest continuously operated corn maze in the world.
In 2001 more major renovations turned an old hay barn into the Big Red Party Barn. The Barn now serves as a great facility to host and cater private parties and corporate events. Our most recent addition to the farm has been JD Wine Cellars, located next to the Ice Cream Shop. Opening its doors in May of 2010, the Tasting Room inside JD Wine Cellars offers a variety of handcrafted wine; classic Viniferas, soft hybrids, and bold fruit wines fill the shelves and offer something for everyone to enjoy.
As you can see, there is no limit to the potential for enjoying new experiences at this unique family farm. There truly is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy and explore. So, whenever you visit, feel free to ask, "What's new this year?"