The last orchard we visited this year is located 3 miles from McDougall’s Apple Junction and one mile from Afton Apple Orchard near Hastings and Afton, MN.
Whistling Well Farm is a quaint orchard that welcomes you to enjoy farm life. Named for the whistling well on their property, Whistling Well Farm is run by Charlie and Carol Johnson–and sons Chad and Neal. With no entrance fee, you are welcome to roam around the farm at your leisure.
Whistling Well Farm has all the basic amenities of an Apple Orchard: gift barn, food barn, and animals. They have a donkey and a goat. While they didn’t do much when we were there, they were still fun for the kids to see.
Whistling Well Farm is maintained with the help of a springer spaniel named Emmy. In fact, she has her own picture book for sale (written by Charlie). They also sell small stuffed replicas of her.
She is a cute little lady.
During our visit of the farm, it was Apple Festival Time. Along with the PYO pumpkins, apples, and mums, we were able to enjoy live music.
But the best part of Whistling Well Farms?
When you arrive at the farm, an information booth is set up as you walk in. The greeter gives you direction on what they have to offer and where everything is. She will also offer you feed corn and invite you to walk into the chicken coop to feed the chickens.
I can guarantee that your children will spend the rest of your visit in the chicken coop coaxing the non-hungry chickens into eating more corn from their hands.
Although, I must admit, it was very fun to have the chickens actually eat out of your hands!
Or if they have no interest in actually feeding the chickens, they will take corn kernel by corn kernel out of the cob and make a pile of feed for the chickens.
For it’s unique farm experience, I recommend Whistling Well Farm. It is worth the drive.
August through November
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