• Vermonter at heart comes home
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     | September 09,2013
     

    Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo Jenn Bertrand, center, and Josh Bertrand recently opened Bertrand Farms at 1907 Route 7 in Pittsford. The farm will feature a six acre corn maze, hay rides and pumpkin patch. A concessions stand and gift shop is under construction. This year the farm will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. until Holloween. In October, the farm will also be open Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. until folks can find there was out of the maze. 09/05/13

    Josh Bertrand has finally come “home.”

    Although he was born in Michigan, Bertrand’s heart and his extended family were in Vermont.

    So after spending most of his life in California and more recently New York, this spring Bertrand and his wife, Jennifer, made it to Vermont — moving to Pittsford where the couple bought close to 30 acres on Route 7 south of town.

    Aptly named Bertrand Farms, the couple opened a business offering a walk-through corn maze, hayrides and a farm stand with apples, cider and homemade doughnuts.

    The six-acre corn maze with three miles of paths is designed as a crossword puzzle. It costs $10 and takes about 45 minutes to complete, according to the Bertrand Farms website. The price includes a hayride, and completed mazes are entered into a drawing for prizes.

    Bertrand Farms (www.bertrandfarms.com) is located on a parcel that many years ago was the Candon farm.

    The couple plan to grow corn, pumpkins and assorted vegetables with the possibility of adding beef cattle, Josh Bertrand said.

    Bertrand said despite spending most of his 36 years on the West Coast, he was always a Vermonter at heart.

    “I actually would have grown up here if my dad wasn’t an officer in the Marines,” he said.

    His father grew up in Whiting in Addison County, where the family still has roots. At a family reunion three years ago on Lake Dunmore, 250 family members attended, he said.

    When his wife, who has a master’s degree in business administration, was transferred by her company to New York five years ago, it gave the couple an opportunity to visit Vermont.

    “We did that for five years while we shopped for a piece of property because we knew we wanted to do this for a while,” said Bertrand, whose experience includes working as a manager for Marriott Corp. and as an emergency medical technician.

    Leading up to Halloween, the corn maze will become what Bertrand calls “fields of terror.”

    He said the haunted cornfield fits in nicely with other local Halloween attractions like the Pittsford Haunted House and Wilson Castle.

    bruce.edwards

    @rutlandherald.com



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