Robinette’s maze honors former owners

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The new maze design includes the 1929 Ford Model A with the “big apple” in the truck bed. Courtesy Robinette's

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery will reveal the design of its 2020 maze that honors late owners Jim and Bethel Robinette when it opens on Sept. 1.

The new maze design includes the 1929 Ford Model A with the “big apple” in the truck bed.

The couple, who died earlier this year, were married for 58 years. They were the third generation to farm at Robinette’s. They initially turned the family’s wholesale fruit farm into a farm market open to the public in the early 1970s, and since then, the business has continued to grow.

Jim Robinette served in the Merchant Marines at the end of World War II, and he served again in the Army during the Korean War. He was named the “Apple Man of the Year” by the Michigan Pomesters in March 2013.

Bethel Robinette, who had a degree in teaching, led school tours at the farm. She also participated in the Farm Women’s Symposium and served as president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society Women’s Auxiliary.

Tickets to visit the maze can be purchased at the farm, 3142 4 Mile Road NE in Grand Rapids.

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