A report on NBC’s Nightly News showed how more than 23,000 farms are taking advantage of consumer interest in life on the farm, collecting steady cash flow as grain prices vary.
Ample crop harvests this fall have cut into the high grain prices producers saw during the drought. The price change has farmers welcoming visitors to their fields for hayrides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
In addition to the staples, some farms are offering petting zoos, pig races, even a zip line at Bloomsberry Farm. One mom said the activities make a trip to farm feel almost like a small amusement park.
Crowds are lining up to visit the farm and brining money with them. NBC’s Janet Shamlian says the Bloomsberry Farm corn maze can bring in thousands of dollars each day during the peak fall season. The extra income totals 30 percent of the farm’s profits.
The agritourism industry as a whole accounts for $566 million in extra revenue for working farms.