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Mortimer Farms Sweet Corn Harvest Party to benefit county food bank

People enjoying sifting through the pile of fresh corn harvested at Mortimer Farms in Dewey.

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People enjoying sifting through the pile of fresh corn harvested at Mortimer Farms in Dewey.

Everybody loves a corn maze- twisting and turning through a labyrinth of tunnels in the Mortimer Farms cornfield in Dewey is a late summer delight for people of all ages.

Not only is it a good ole’ fashion good time – for the second year in a row the maze and associated games and activities will also be a means of raising awareness and product for the Yavapai County Food Bank.

Guests of the two-day “Sweet Corn Harvest Party” on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be invited to bring two cans of non-perishable items that the Mortimers will distribute to the food bank when the farm day extravaganza is over. Mortimer Farms is located on the corner of State Highway 69 and 169 in Dewey.

The day-long party with an admission of $3 per person – age 3 and under are free – was planned so that there will be something for all aged guests. For the younger set, there will be a farm animal kingdom, a “Buckaroo” pony corner, a farm slide, corn bath, straw maze and barrel train. For teens there will be roping dummies and corn-crazy competitions and for everyone there will be all sorts of competitive games: test your skills at corn shucking, corn toss and even a corn eating contest. Visitors can purchase corn and other farm fresh produce, view the antique tractor display, peruse an assortment of craft vendors and enjoy a hayride.

When guests are hungry, the Mortimers are offering an all-day special $7 per person harvest meal of pulled pork sandwiches, backed beans, their own farm-fresh harvested sweet corn, dessert and lemonade. Proceeds from two days of those dinners will be donated to the food bank.

“I really see the food bank as such an asset in our community,” said Sharla Mortimer. Mortimer said. “Unfortunately, it is a needed agency because way too many families in Yavapai County go to bed hungry. Anything we can do to support and alleviate that hardship, we’re happy to do that. We love partnering with the food bank any chance we can.”

The Yavapai County Food Bank is the largest food distributor in the county and on a weekly basis benefit some 600 families. The agency depends on the generosity of its neighbors to help other neighbors.

So the Mortimers hope is that people will come to the farm and celebrate the harvest bounty – “everything corn” – but at the same time recognize their good fortune and share that with others.

“It will be a wonderful day,” Mortimer said. “Our harvest has been so fantastic. This is a wonderful chance for us to share it with the community, and give back to those less fortunate. We’re very blessed.”

For more information or to purchase advance tickets to the event, visit MortimerFarmsAz.com. For information about making donations or obtaining food from the food bank, visit www.yavapaifoodbank.org. The food bank is located at 8866 E. Long Mesa Drive in Prescott Valley.