Sunflowers At McKean’s Farm

Last summer I was fortunate to visit three sunflower fields and shared likely way too many photos of them all. But I don’t apologize because these are happy flowers and I quickly became enamored by how lovely they are in person.

There’s a huge variety of colors, shapes and sizes that I knew nothing about until I started wandering around these fields.

Yesterday I closed my computer at the end of the work day, picked up my sun hat and headed down the road to Gallia County to visit a new-to-me field of sunflowers at McKean Farms.

It was less than an hour trip and just five bucks to get in. I had the place to myself, likely because it was so hot and because this was only day two of their season.

It is a working farm with chickens, barn cats, farm equipment and a delightful produce stand packed with homegrown fruits and veggies.

I had a nice time wandering the perimeter of this field, studying butterflies, crickets and bees.

It was indeed hot but a soft breeze caused the sunflowers to sway as they turned their happy faces toward the sun.

It’s just five bucks a person and $4 for four or more people. Stop but the produce stand to pay your admission and buy some goodies for later. They take cash and plastic.

Find them on Facebook for hours, address and other information by searching McKean’s Farm.

Scioto Sunflowers

For the third time this month, I found myself standing in the middle of a sunflower field last night. This time it was Scioto Sunflowers near Ashville, Ohio.

They have ten varieties of sunflowers and are conveniently located just a few miles off US Route 23. Your $5 admission gets you a sunflower of your choice. Cut and buy more if you wish!

One of the great surprises here is this old mirror in the middle of the field.

They’re all beautiful and most are perfect but I prefer the flowers that are imperfect.

This one faced the ground. If flowers can have a bad day this one looked like it could use a break or maybe a stiff drink. After the week I’ve had, I could totally relate to this poor flower!

Can you see the airplane coming in for a landing? I get more excited about the sight of a plane than a little kid. It was nice to combine my enthusiasm for planes with my admiration for sunflowers.

They are open this weekend 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it sounds like they’ll be open on weekends until the blooms have passed. Follow them on Facebook by searching Scioto Sunflowers.

While there, be sure to check out the farm fresh produce, honey and other farm market items.

I took my own pruners and vase but they sell pruners for ten dollars and have vases available for purchase. Find them at 13832 State Route 104, Ashville, Ohio.

A sunflower field is a perfect place to snap photos of your family, to get lost in the beauty and to find yourself in an otherwise chaotic world. If you have the opportunity to visit a locally owned sunflower field like this one, don’t miss the opportunity to take a walk amongst the friendliest flowers in the garden.