This farmer west of London wants you to take a selfie in his sunflower field


    It is his first time rising sunflowers on his farm in Mount Brydges, Ont., however already Steve Kustermans sounds fairly taken with them. 

    Carry it on. We like to have individuals right here.– Steve Kustermans

    “They know the place the solar is always, it is fairly spectacular,” he stated.”I’ve by no means seen that with another plant in my life. It is nearly as if they’ve a thoughts of their very own.” 

    Kustermans’ blossoming curiosity in the sunflower is all enterprise. He is planted hundreds of them at his household farm west of London, not as meals, however because the backdrop to the proper selfie.

    “The curiosity is there, we’ll see the place it goes from right here,” he stated, noting he has 4 college buses full of vacationers coming from the Toronto space booked for this weekend, trying to make the two-hour drive to simply to snap a image among the many lots of of shiny yellow and crimson crops that develop in his sunflower field. 

    Sunflower selfies all the fashion

    In contrast to a quantity of Ontario farms which have closed after being overrun by selfie-seekers, Steve Kustermans says ‘deliver it on.’ He is inviting individuals to come to his Mount Brydges, Ont. farm to ‘expertise what sunflowers are all about.’ (Colin Butler/CBC Information)

    It is all the fashion proper now. The picturesque flowers have turn into the most recent social media must-have, with vacationers flocking to sunflower patches throughout North America with gusto.

    They’ve swarmed in such numbers, that in some instances the ensuing chaos has pressured farmers to shut their fields as a result of of crop harm and security considerations

    Kustermans is not frightened about any of that taking place on his 100-acre farm. 

    “Carry it on. We like to have individuals right here,” he stated. 

    “We truly encourage individuals to come out and discover our sunflower fields. They will take footage. That is what these fields are meant for. They will additionally reduce flowers. We’ve a spot the place they’ll reduce and take flowers dwelling with them as effectively.”

    The ‘agri-tainment enterprise’

    Taking a selfie subsequent to one of these has turn into all the fashion on social media. Vacationers have been swarming farms in such numbers and brought on such harm that some farmers have made their fields off-limits. (Colin Butler/CBC Information)

    The rationale Kustermans is so assured he can deal with the teeming lots is as a result of he is in what he calls the “agri-tainment enterprise.” He and his household have spent years constructing Kustermans’ Berry Farm up from being a one-trick pony. 

    As soon as a pick-your-own berry farm, Kustermans has added zip traces, a corn maze, a farm animal petting zoo, and a market the place prospects should purchase fruit that is already been picked for them. 

    It simply brings happiness when you’re out right here.– Steve Kusterman

    “Our farm is developed to deal with individuals,” he stated. “It has parking, washrooms to deal with these crowds and that is what our farm is all about, for individuals to come out right here and benefit from the animals, the sunflowers and what farm life is all about.” 

    What impressed Kustermans to take the plunge into the world of selfies this season was the expertise of a colleague with a farm in america. 

    “He had nice success with it and I sort of introduced it on. It really works for us in the season and I believed it might be a welcome addition to our farm. It simply brings happiness when you’re out right here with all the colourful colors you can see.”

    With 5 completely different varieties of sunflowers rising in his fields, starting from smaller darkish crimson flowers to the bigger yellow varieties, Kustermans hopes vacationers will discover it as the proper backdrop for an eye catching {photograph} with out inflicting issues for farmers. 

    IF YOU GO: 

    Kustermans Berry Farm 

    23188 Springwell Street

    Mount Brydges, ON

    Value to pose with sunflowers: $12



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