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Don’t Miss These Opportunities to Walk Through a Spectacular Sunflower Field This August

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Sunflowers are one of summer’s crowning achievements. These beauties grow to up to 12 feet tall and don flowers that are 5 to 10 inches in diameter. Walking through a field of sunflowers is an awe-inspiring experience—and, for the shutterbugs out there, a picturesque opportunity. The sea of gold blossoms and vibrant green stems against the cerulean skies of late August and early September is the perfect backdrop for an impromptu photo shoot with your family, friends, or significant other to capture the end of a summer well spent Up North.

Did you know that there are two farms right in our own region where you can bask in the magic of a sunflower field?

Helene’s Hilltop Orchard – Merrill, Wisconsin

Toward the southern end of our region, in Merrill, Wisconsin, is Helene’s Hilltop Orchard. Helene’s Hilltop Orchard was established in 1979 and has been providing Merrill and the surrounding area with the best-quality fruit, grown with integrity, since then. Now owned and operated by the next generation, Mark and Olivia Telschow, Helene’s Hilltop Orchard also has a farm store and bakery, operates a booth at the Farmers Market of Wausau in the summer, and hosts several community events throughout the summer and fall. On August 31 and September 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Helene’s celebrates the Sunflower Festival for St. Jude. Your $10 entry fee will provide you with the opportunity to cut a bouquet of sunflowers to take home, enjoy wagon rides and cow train rides (among other family-friendly activities), snap a photo in the rows of exquisite sunflowers, and indulge in Helene’s Hilltop Orchard’s delicious fruit and bakery treats. Even better, 100 percent of the entry fee will be donated directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Hall Farms – Rock, Michigan

In the northern part of our region, in Rock, Michigan, is Hall Farms. For the third year, Teressa and Dan Hall are opening Hall Farms to the public to enjoy the spectacular sight of 440,000 sunflowers before they are harvested for birdseed. Donations are welcome, but the Halls want anyone to come and enjoy and interact with the sunflowers, without money as a barrier. You can view the blanket of sunflowers from the observation deck or enjoy a picnic against the golden backdrop. You and the kids can even decorate a sunflower with hats, sunglasses, and other props! While sunflowers are in bloom, Hall Farms is open to the public from 10 a.m. to sunset.

Sunflower blossoms don’t last long, so make plans to see them soon!

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