Whistling Well Farm is an apple orchard located in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. Founded in 1972, the first apple trees were planted in 1980 by Carol and Charlie Johnson, along with their sons Chad and Neal. The co-op has been buying directly from Whistling Well since 2014. Whistling Well Farm’s approach to managing pests is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Orchard. It involves compiling detailed, timely information about their apples and potential pests to ensure that pest management decisions are economically, environmentally and socially sound. (Read more about IPM below.)
This past year, Mark Williams of the Wedge produce department wrote a letter of support for Charlie and Whistling Well Farm and this assisted them in obtaining a $5000 grant from the MN Department of Agriculture so they could purchase a state of the art stainless steel apple washing machine. (see picture below)
Whistling Well Offerings at Wedge Lyndale, Linden Hills and Wedge Table
- Honeycrisp, SweeTango®, McIntosh and several other varieties of apples
- Two books about Emmy their delightful and energetic Springer Spaniel, written by farmer Charlie; Emmy of Whistling Well Farm and Emmy and the Rude Rooster.
- Beautiful fall mums
You can visit the farm and pick your own apples, buy apple pies, pumpkin butter, maple syrup and mums. Don’t forget to bring your coins in their whistling well and make a wish. Proceeds will be matched by us and donated to the University of MN Children’s Hospital/Child Family Life Services. Find hours and more info on their site.