The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek is owned and operated by the Randy, Jayne, Mitchell and Ashley Rausch family. They are the 5th generation to farm the 160 acres on Axe Handle Road. This was home to Hickory Plains Farm 100 cow registered Holstein dairy until March of 2005. In the fall of 2002, the corn maze was added as a fall agri-entertainment extension to the dairy. In the summer of 2006, the first crop of u-pick red and black raspberries was available.
Randy operates the farm full time and helps his family with their kettle corn business which is enjoyed at The MAiZE by all. Jayne works full time off the farm at American Honda Motor Company. Mitchell is a graduate of The Ohio State University & is currently enrolled at Ohio Dominican University working toward teacher certification. He also helps out at The MAiZE. Ashley graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in Nursing, is completing her final softball season there, and will start work in the real nursing world once softball season at UT is complete.
The farm is located along Little Darby Creek in Union County. If coming from the Columbus metro area, you will cross the Bigelow Covered Bridge, which is one of the 4 Union County historic covered bridges. This bridge was built in 1873 by R. L Partridge from his patented design.