Edit ModuleShow Tags

Experience Gale Woods Farm


Earlier this week I was reminded of the relaxation and fun that can be found about 25 miles from the Twin Cities in Minnetrista, MN. Located near Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, there is a 410-acre park featuring a working educational farm called Gale Woods Farm.

The farm offers unique experiences for visitors of all ages to learn about sustainable agriculture, food production, and land stewardship. On Saturdays, families and visitors can explore the park and barn, meet some of the farm animals, and even assist a Gale Woods farmer with chores. Other activities include sheep-herding demonstrations, hayrides, and garden tours. You can even get some of your shopping done for the week during your visit—they have a farm store where sell they meat, produce, natural yarn produced on their farm from their flock of sheep, local art, and books.

Gale Woods Farm also offers miles of hiking trails which offer views of undeveloped lakeshores and scenic wetlands. Even canoe rentals are available so you can paddle around on Whaletail Lake. The farm is open Saturdays from May to October. No reservations are required, and admission is $4 for people two years old and older. 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista, MN 55364

While you’re out visiting Gale Woods Farm, consider stopping for a unique round of mini-golf at Big Stone Mini-Golf and Sculpture Garden. Just next to Gale Woods Farm to the west, Bruce Stillman's 17-acre plot is home to goats, miniature horses, chickens, a bit of wildlife, and a mini-golf course featuring sculptures by Stillman. Check out this promotional video to see the golf course and hear more about the concept from Bruce Stillman. Big Stone is open 11 a.m. to sundown daily through the summer. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for kids. 7100 County Road 110, West Mound, MN 55364

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Classic Minnesota-Style Walleye Sandwich Recipe

Enjoy the ever-popular walleye sandwich even more when you make it yourself—and hopefully with fish freshly caught yourself, too

Celebrating the Daiquiri, New Rums from Bacardi, and Creative Cocktails

Rum drinks conjure thoughts of toes in the sand and refreshing summer cocktails

Lawless Distilling Bartender Named "Most Imaginative"

Minneapolis bartender Brandon Sass won the 12th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender regional competition

Toast the Royal Wedding with British-Gin Cocktails

As Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S.-actress Megan Markle tie the knot, raise a glass to the happy couple—and those close to you—with wedding-themed tipples

Bottoms-Up Cinnamon Caramel Pinwheels Recipe

With this fast version of a sticky bun, baking at home can be no muss, no fuss—and delicious

Leslie Bock's Newest Bar Wants to Save the Future

"We're attempting to show humans as messy and complicated."

Rosé All Day: The Best Tastings (Some Free)

More than 100 different rosé wines available to try—many for free

Wine Clubs: The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Sip Better figures out your taste for wine and goes deep

Gavin Kaysen Takes Midwest Gold

A quick note on our 2018 James Beard Best Chef: Midwest
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags