Sunflowers of Sanborn returns

Sanborn, N.Y. (WBEN) A popular Niagara County attraction is NOT canceled this year. Sunflowers of Sanborn is reopening for the season on Saturday, August 1. "We were really hoping to be able to open this year," said farm owner Louise Brachmann. "There is life beyond Covid. People come out to our farm to get away from everyday life."

Brachmann said they had to follow Covid protocols to reopen. They are installing new hand sanitizer stations, maintaining social distancing with food truck lines, and asking people to wear masks when they arrive.

"Thank God we're on 85 acres of land and we're outside. That's certainly in our favor," she said.

The sunflower farm has had to scale some events back this year. All children's events are canceled. Instead of one large craft show, it's been scaled back and spread out over two weekends. Also two food trucks will be on site each weekend, instead of one large food truck festival.

This year, the hot, dry Summer has presented challenges. "It's been a real struggle. In addition to sunflowers, we grow corn and soybeans and with no rain the crops suffered. Our sunflowers were behind. Some are short, some are tall. They're all over the board," she said, but added that the last two rains have helped a lot. 

Brachmann thinks the peak week will be the third week in August. The sunflowers are blooming now with the warm days and cooler nights.

The sunflower farm is open from 11am-8pm daily on Saunders Settlement Rd.  Admission is free.  Pets (on a leash) are welcome as long as they are up to date on vaccinations and that you clean up after them.