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Connors Farm, Danvers

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Connors farm was established in 1904. The Connors family followed generations of farmers who had been farming the land for over 300 years. Connors Farm began as a "truck farm" meaning that all of the crops grown at the time were trucked into Boston to be sold wholesale. During this time the main crops grown were root crops such as, parsnips and carrots. In the mid 1950's sweet corn became the major wholesale crop. Unfortunately, wholesale prices for corn began to fall and the farm was unable to make a profit selling corn this way.
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  • We took a five-year-old. There are so many activities, setup safely in enclosures, that grandma and grandpa can sit on the sidelines and watch the kids run around and wear themselves out, LOL! The car...  more »
  • This place was nice for a haunted attraction but allow plenty of time as we bought the VIP pass and still waited awhile to go in..though the attraction itself was long and very well done. We had no ti...  more »
  • I love coming to the farm at this time of year (October) they have so many things for the kids to do from apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn maze, pedal carts, 2 mini zip lines,bull riding...  more »
  • Several years ago, the policy for pick-your-own fruit changed from getting a container, picking, then paying based upon weight to paying for the container itself - which prepays for the fruit. As the picking becomes sparse, the owner does not prorate the cost of the containers. Worse yet, once there is no fruit left in the field/orchard, the owner has the cashiers keep selling the containers for another week (at least) while telling the customers that the picking is just "sparse." When customers return from the field or orchard after about 40 minutes with literally not one piece of fruit to show for it and ask for a refund, the owner tells them that there is a strict "no refund" policy. Such a policy only can be legally cited when the customer changes his/her mind, not when the owner knowingly charges the customer for something that can't be provided - that's fraud. When the customers continue to insist on a refund, the owner still refuses to issue one (either total or even partial) & instead tells the customers to fill their fruit container from the display of fruit in the stand - which was not grown on-site, costs less than pick-your-own, & deprives the customers of the pick-your-own experience that they paid for. You will have to pay admission to go on the grounds to get to the picking fields (over & above the cost of the fruit). The owner says this provides "value" because you can go on a hayride, the bounce house, etc., but most of these things only appeal to children. On weekdays (when the hayrides, etc. are closed), there is still an admission charge, just a little lower. The Haunted Cornfield & Woods and Zombie Paintball activities are supposed to run until 11 PM, but the owner deliberately oversells tickets to the point that it takes 2-3 hours past the nominal closing time for the employees to get all the customers through the line. I've actually seen the employees who work at the outdoor activities come into the stand and practically beg the owner to shut off ticket sales for the night, and the owner refuses to do so. The owner closes the stand itself promptly at 11 PM, and since that is where the ticket transactions occur, the customers who are left in line outside waiting to go through the attraction have no one to ask for a refund (because the employees who are outside running the attractions aren't given registers, money, or credit card terminals). Customers who show up earlier in the evening and then - after hours of waiting and seeing that the line is long enough that they will be waiting for hours more (past what is technically closing time) - sometimes go into the stand (before 11 PM) and ask for a refund, and they are told there is a strict "no refund" policy. Once again, the owner knowingly charges for something that cannot be provided (in this case, cannot be provided within anything close to the advertised hours of operation). Buying VIP tickets is hit-or-miss, as there is no cap on either the VIP ticket sales or the general ticket sales, so often enough the VIP line is just as long as (or longer than) the regular line. The fact that there is no cap on ticket sales for the evening results in there regularly being customers waiting in line up until 1 AM - 2 AM. The Zombie Paintball attraction closed after the 2016 season, but in 2017 the owner increased ticket sales for the Haunted Cornfield & Woods to a point further beyond its capacity.
  • Expensive BUT a lot of fun for the kids when they have all the kid stuff open! Definitely go once everything is open. The apple shooter is AWESOME! Love it here.
  • Connors Farm is a great place for an outing. It’s about a half hour or 45 minute drive from Boston city center. We have been there each of the last 3 years for the corn maze and pumpkin patch, which are great. The maze changes each year. There are kids and adults having a great time at many activities. These guys are not complacent either. Each year they tweak the activities and add new stuff. This year a zip line was added and was a big hit. There’s a farm store, so we bought a bunch of their apples and got to baking afterwards. They have a giant parking lot that’s dirt and dicey for those with unsure footing, but the grocery store has a paved lot and those with accessibility needs can probably find access.
  • My friends and I just did the haunted corn maze and it was so awesome! Many people recommended it to us and we were so happy that we decided to go. It was definitely scary but so much fun!! I would highly recommend the maze and the cider donuts to anyone who is looking for something fun to do this fall! :)
  • My girlfriend and I were looking for something fun to do on Halloween weekend and the haunted farm looked like it would be a fun experience. The tickets said it opened at 7:30pm and we got there around 7:00pm to make sure we could get in on time since we had other plans later in the night. We waited in line for TWO HOURS before giving up and leaving to go to our other plans. We didn't even get close to the front of the line. To top it off, there was only one person at the front of the line taking tickets and no other personnel anywhere in sight, so people were cutting and walking around the line left and right. There was no warning there would even be a line, since the ticket had an entry time. There's no way they should have sold so many tickets, and there's no reason the tickets they did sell couldn't have had staggered entry times. One of the worst experiences of my life. -4/10 would not recommend.
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