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September 30, 2015





Brandon Ashley, (478) 474-0679 ext. 5212,




MACON, Ga. – With temperatures dropping to more comfortable levels, there’s no better time to get outside. Which begs the question: Where to go?


One popular option is a visit to a local farm for some agri-fun, some fresh air and fresh fruits and vegetables.


Georgia Farm Bureau’s 92 Certified Farm Markets (CFMs) across the state offer something for every taste and fun for all ages.


“We have a lot of families that bring their children in to things that they know are going to be safe for their children to enjoy,” said Rita Douglas, who manages agri-tourism activities for Ottawa Farms in Chatham County. “It’s just like they’re in Grandma’s yard when they come here.”


Ottawa Farms, locally famous for its strawberries in the spring, offers the chance to get lost in a corn maze beginning Oct. 3. This year’s design is a cowboy and a bucking bronco.


“We have a corn crop that you would not believe,” Douglas said. “It is doing so well. It’s probably going to look like they’re in a pine forest when they get out there, it’s growing so tall.”


The corn maze at Ottawa is one of 19 at GFB’s Certified Farm Markets, which also offer apples, a variety of other fresh fruits and vegetables and a wide selection of farm products like apple cider, jams and jellies and many more.


“Each one of our Certified Farm Markets is unique,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “They all offer an on-farm experience and precious family time together. It’s hard to put a price tag on that.”


For a complete listing of the GFB Certified Farm Markets, visit


Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.





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Ottawa Farms’ 2015 corn maze sports a cowboy on horseback. (Photo courtesy of Ottawa Farms)