Happy Day Farm in Manalapan grows pumpkins, berries and memories!

MANALAPAN – Tim Stockel is the first to admit that he’s always had an entrepreneurial streak.

“I had a paper route at age 6 and have had a landscaping business in town for over 30 years, ever since I was a junior in high school,” said the 47-year-old lifelong Manalapan resident. “I was always industrious, always selling stuff, and always the hustler on the block. I just liked to produce something and make people happy.”

Little did he know that making people happy would soon become his stock-in-trade. On a whim in the early 2000s, he bought some pumpkin seeds at a local hardware store, planted them on a small section of the seven-acre property that housed his landscaping business, and was amazed by the results.

“They grew very successfully and my wife and young daughter had a blast in the pumpkin patch – we took pictures, gave pumpkins to friends, etc.,” he said.

The following year, he grew a larger patch and hosted a pumpkin-themed autumn party with friends and subsequently grew a corn maze and bought a hay wagon and tractor to be able to offer rides to attendees.

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Happy Day Farm

This “New Jersey Grown” maze offers 10 acres and lots of games to entertain the whole family in Manalapan, NJ.

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Happy Day Farm

Remember that movie Signs, where crop circles start popping up everywhere, and Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix are brothers (hahaha), and then aliens invade, but then everyone finds out like 20mins later that you can kill them with water? Well Jerseywood is like that, except minus Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix and aliens (phew), and plus way, way cooler crop circles

An homage to NJ’s own Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra, and Joe Pesci, Jerseywood’s an epic, 10-acre corn maze that lets you walk through the Rushmore-esque mugs of all four dudes, or even sprint, if you were Born to Run. Twelve bucks gets you all-day access to two maze entrances, the first of which is pretty easy and the second of which’ll take you 90-ish minutes, with helpful hints on which turns to take provided if you can 1) answer a series of text message trivia, and 2) figure out how to text message on your hot pink Razr

And if that doesn’t get you excited (it does, but keep reading anyway), the maze-owning farm’ll also have pig races, plus let you play with a pumpkin blaster and a corn cannon — or at least, until M. Nightfall.

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Updated August 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Happy Day Farm – 10 acre corn maze, 10 acre pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn stalk tunnel, kids hay mountain, horse shaped tire swings, pig racing, pumpkin blaster, corn cannon, pedal carts, petting zoo, pony rides, hay tunnel, right turn only maze, rubber duck racing, face painting, corn box, kids hay maze, play ground, hay tunnel, photo cutout signs, live entertainment, DJ, snacks and refreshments available.  Birthday parties available.

97 Daum Rd., Manalapan, New Jersey – Grand Opening September 22nd & September 23rd open through October 28th.  Open: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information and directions go to our website: www.happydayfarmnj.com or Phone: (732) 977-3607

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Updated September 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Happy Day Farm is proud to announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:30 am.

Happy Day Farm is the first Agri-Tourism facility to open in Manalapan. The Mayor and members of the Manalapan Twsp. Committee will be in attendance.

Happy Day Farm offers a 10 acre corn maze, 10 acre pumpkin picking patch, hay rides, pig races, hay mountain, pumpkin blaster, petting zoo, pony rides and much more.

It is a unique facility that provides families with an experience that they will remember for years to come.

Happy Day Farm is located at 97 Daum Road, Manalapan,NJ. You can visit their website www.happydayfarmnj.com for directions and info.

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Updated August 10, 2013 at 6:12 am

10 acre corn maze, 10 acre pumpkin patch, hayrides, (new this year) jumbo jumper, corn stalk tunnel, kids hay mountain, horse shaped tire swings, pig racing, pie eating contest, pumpkin blaster, corn cannon, pedal carts, junior pedal carts, petting zoo, pony rides, hay tunnel, right turn only maze, rubber duck racing, hop-a-long bouncers, face painting, corn box, kids hay maze, play ground, hay tunnel, photo cutout signs. snacks and refreshments on-site. Birthday parties available.  Open:  Saturday and Sundays from September 21, 2013 to October 27, 2013 11 am to 5 pm.  Monday, October 14, 2013 for Columbus Day.
Website:  www.happydayfarmnj.com  Phone: 732-977-3607

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