If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn’t enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.All posts from Anne Kingston
Why oh why did I wait until I was on my fourth preschooler to visit Farmyard Fun Days at Gale Woods Farm? The distance from my home, out past Lake Minnetonka all the way to Minnetrista may have had something to do with it. Let me assure all those who don’t reside in the western suburbs: it was worth every mile to see my 3-year-old delight in exploring the working farm.
First stop, the animals. Springtime on the farm means babies, babies, babies. Erin was able to climb right into the chicken coop and the lamb pen to get up close to the fuzzy offspring. There’s also a mock cow to try your hand at “milking”.
There’s plenty to do at Gale Woods besides the animals: In the kitchen, Erin loved grinding corn and mixing farm fresh ingredients for cornbread (and she enjoyed sampling the cornbread even more, drizzled with maple syrup harvested right from the farm). We also hiked out to the syrup shack to watch the spring’s sap being boiled onsite.
In the greenhouse, Erin helped scoop soil and prepare it for spring planting. There were also opportunities to craft with felted wool from the resident sheep and a chill-out room filled with books, coloring sheets, and small farm toys.
Farmyard Fun Days is designed especially for kids ages 2-7 and participants are welcome to explore as long as they like between 9:30am and 2:30pm (tip: bring snacks or a picnic lunch). Activities may change weekly; the cost is $6/pp, caregivers included.
Whether it feels like it outside or not (and we all know in Minnesota it can change on any given April day), spring has arrived at Gale Woods Farm.
Gale Woods Farm
7210 County Road 110 W
Minnetrista, MN 55364
Hours: The barn is open only for scheduled events (such as Farmyard Fun Days, Spring Into Farming and Saturday Mornings on the Farm). The visitor center is open Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00–5:00 PM.