Fall 2016: “Hickory Creek Farms” Sneak Peek!

Hickory Creek Farms
Pumpkin patch provides family fun on the farm in McCune

Ruth Zimmerman unfurls a map on the floor of her family’s farmhouse kitchen. On it is a hand-drawn, intricate design of twists and turns, dreamt up by her son Will. It’s the basis for this year’s corn maze at Hickory Creek Farms – and it just might be the farm’s most challenging maze to date. 

“Originally, we went into doing designs, but we realized we can make it a lot more complicated if we just go out and put random paths in the field,” says Steve Zimmerman, fifth-generation farmer and husband to Ruth. “Our son has done it the last two years, and he does a good job; last year we had people say it was pretty difficult!”

The corn maze is indeed a popular feature of Hickory Creek Farms – for some, anyway. (Ruth says she’s seen a few moms “walk in and walk right back out.”) But the Zimmermans pride themselves on offering a little something for everyone at Hickory Creek Farms, which operates for six weeks each fall on the family’s Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm outside of McCune. The cornerstone of the business, of course, is its six-acre pumpkin patch, maintained by Steve, Ruth and their five kids…

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Fall 2016: “Elk Falls Pottery” Sneak Peek!

Made by Hand
Elk Falls Pottery celebrates 40 years of craftsmanship

It was in college that Steve and Jane Fry fell in love with pottery – and with each other. They haven’t looked back since. 

This year, the Frys celebrate 40 years of running their family business, Elk Falls Pottery, a huge attraction in tiny Elk Falls. (They’re also celebrating 42 years of marriage.) While many of their peers consider retirement, Steve and Jane are staying as busy as ever: Just a few months ago, in fact, they moved Elk Falls Pottery to a new, larger, more scenic (and historic) location at the corner of Hwy. 160 and Seventh Street.

“People my age are thinking about retiring and finally doing what they really want to do,” says Steve, who just turned 64. “Well, I’m already doing what I really want to do. And I’ll do it as long as I can…”

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