The last thing I expected along Spear Street in Shelburne was a field filled with thousands of sunflowers.

Along Spear Street, I’m used to seeing barns, farmhouses, and views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. But until last week, I had never been on this road when the sunflowers were in bloom.

Even better was learning you can pick your own sunflowers here for $1 a stem.

pick-your-own-sunflowersThe field of sunflowers is part of Maple Hill Farm, owned by Leo O’Brien, who has been selling sunflowers by the stem for 20 years. A yellow wooden box is set up at the entrance of the field where you can pay — on the honor system, of course. Next to the box is a pair of flower cutting shears visitors can use.

The farm mostly sells hay and fieldstone, but the farm’s sunflower field has become a popular place for marriage proposals and wedding photos. Generally, the sunflowers are in bloom between late August and October.

I was so intrigued by this unusual pick-your-own offering that I returned twice to the farm this week, once to take photos and a second time to pick flowers with Phoebe for Dave’s 40th birthday.

The farm is hard to miss – it has a giant white barn on the east side of the road with the sunflower field across the street. If you’re looking for a fun fall activity in addition to apple picking, harvest festivals, and leaf-peeping, this is the place.

**If You Go: The field is located at 3 Spear Street, just north of Thomas Road in Shelburne.

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