Looking for a fun, summertime activity that allows you to keep your social distance? Or are you just really into sunflowers?
Second Mountain Sunflowers has opened for the 2020 season.
This weekend was the first time this year that the public’s been able to navigate the farm just outside Orwigsburg. And it’ll likely be open now through the end of September.
Second Mountain Sunflowers Open for 2020 Season
Second Mountain Sunflowers occupies about 50 acres of farm owner Ken Smith’s 200-acre farm.
Smith tells us that he rotates the fields every weekend so that visitors get a chance to pick fresh sunflowers every time they visit.
For just $5 a person, you can walk away with as many sunflowers as you can handle. Bring a bucket or a bag as well as a pair of shears to cut your own flowers.
Unlike previous years, Second Mountain Sunflowers isn’t running a wagon this year to transport visitors around the fields. They can’t this year on account of health guidelines.
However, they have plenty of different walking paths cut through the sunflower fields that let you get up close to all the flowers so you don’t have to worry about trampling through the flowers to get your haul.
Masks are required to enter but as we were there, staff were telling guests that they aren’t running around policing people wearing them.
“People can social distance really nicely,” Second Mountain Sunflowers event coordinator Jen Schreckengost told us during our visit Sunday morning.
Vendors and Entertainment Wanted
Schreckengost also tells us that the farm is looking to find some vendors and musicians who would be interested in setting up at the farm during their operating hours.
On Sunday, Pop Pop’s Kettle Corn was on hand to offer a little nosh for everyone walking the fields.
She believes the farm is a perfect spot for a food truck.
Second Mountain Sunflowers Operating Hours
Second Mountain Sunflowers is open 7 days a week (weather permitting). You can check out their Facebook page daily if you think the weather is looking a little suspect.
Otherwise, the farm is open Monday thru Friday from 4-8 p.m. On weekends, the farm opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.
Call ahead with any questions at 717-497-1287.
Pro tip: You’ll be walking through open farm fields so wear some appropriate footwear.
How to Get to Second Mountain Sunflowers
The easiest way to get to Second Mountain Sunflowers, if you’re unfamiliar with the area, is to head into Orwigsburg. Go into the square and then turn onto N. Warren St., passing by the Orwigsburg Borough Hall and Police Station.
Keep following N. Warren St. out of town until turns into Little Mountain Rd. Be careful! That road is a little narrow and winding. Eventually, you’ll come to its intersection with Second Mountain Rd. The entrance to the sunflower fields should be visible when you hit the end of Little Mountain Rd.
Of course, if you’re more familiar with Second Mountain Rd., which you can pick up off Seven Stars Rd., you can just follow that until you reach the farm.