BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - The saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers." But what do May flowers bring? At Sweetfields Farm in Brooksville, they bring visitors eager to escape isolation among the farm's six acres of sunflowers.
"They are like a burst of sunshine that you can take home with you," said Lisa Kessel of Sweetfields Farm. "Right now is a beautiful time to come out."
The fields are full of sunflowers in various stages of bloom. That's why visitors are showing up to see the fields and check out the other produce on the farm.
"Sunflowers, why do people like them? Why not!" she joked, "They bring so many smiles. Who doesn't need a smile right now?"
With the concerns for social distancing and limiting the number of people in one place, Sweetfields Farm has had to make changes to their normal open-door policy.
Kessel said, "We are keeping our numbers at the farm to a limited amount. Do not just show up."
The Kessels are pointing people to their website, www.sweetfieldsfarm.com, to make a reservation to visit on a day when the numbers allow for it.
Their normal sunflower maze is still there, but here's an insider secret.
"This year the maze is different," Kessel shared. "We've got directional arrows."
While that may take away the fun of getting lost in the tall sunflower stalks, it keeps families from bumping into each other while lost in the field.
"The scenery is gorgeous and brings a smile to your face, said Kessel, "(It) gives you an opportunity to spend that time with your family outside of your home."
MORE: Sweetfields Farm is located at 17250 Benes Roush Road in Brooksville.