Farm gives Whole Foods amazing welcome

P Bar Farms cut a logo for the natural foods grocer into its corn maze this year.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 30, 2011
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P Bar Farms is welcoming Whole Foods Market to Oklahoma City in a big way by featuring the retailer's logo in its 10-acre corn maze.

From the sky, the logo, the phrase “Know your farmer, know your food,” and the shapes of fruits and veggies, a chicken and a carton of milk are cut into the green earth. Farm operator Loren Liebscher said partnering with Whole Foods this year was the perfect way to emphasize the farm-to-plate connection.

“We feel people are too far removed from where their food comes from,” he said.

Whole Foods sources local products whenever possible, which supports local farmers and food producers, benefits the local economy and ensures fresher products, the company said.

P Bar Farms has been around since 1907 and was a conventional farm until 2001, when it began focusing on entertaining visitors with a corn maze, petting zoo, laser tag and other activities. They produce wheat flour and stone ground corn, and are a local vendor for Whole Foods, which opens in the Classen Curve shopping center on Oct. 12.

Liebscher said the maze was designed using GPS and cut around the Fourth of July, when the stalks were under a foot tall. It is maintained with a lawn mower as the corn grows and it's now 7-feet-tall.


To see for yourself, the corn maze at P Bar Farms, about an hour west of Oklahoma City, is open through Nov. 12. For more information, visit www.pbarfarms.com.

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