Tales from a nature-loving, German Shepherd-raising, homeschooling, Waldorf-inspired, Christian family.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Meeting Emmy of Whistling Well Farm
We ended up at two Apple orchards today. I needed to replenish my supply of juicing apples (have I mentioned I LOVE my Jack LaLane juicer?!?!), and the best deals around are at the Carpenter Nature Center-- for their 2nds and windfalls! We stopped there first and were thrilled to discover the BIGGEST, most BEAUTIFUL pumpkins around! Seriously, the nicest I've seen in years-- and they were all between $3-6 apiece!
After CNC, we decided to hit a new orchard. Because we're right in the St. Croix Valley, we have our pick of about 6 orchards all in the same 10 mile radius, and the only one we hadn't stopped at yet was Whistling Well Farm. I think we've found our favorite of all times!
They had chickens to feed, a donkey to look at (he was sleeping), a gorgeous fall display to take photos of reluctantly posing kids with, and a sweet little spaniel named Emmy (who Justin fell in love with).
The dog was both the highight of our trip AND the only thing I didn't get a photo of (because I was trying to carry armsful of pumpkins and apples at the time). After visiting with her for a while, we went into the store to make our purchases. Lo and behold, the owner of the orchard had just published a children's storybook all about Emmy, so we HAD to bring a copy home. It is a perfect fall read for any children who have ever visited an orchard. The illustrations are soft and dreamy, and I admit to tearing up at one of the end pages where there is a heart-tugging drawing of Emmy giving her owner a HUGE spaniel-ly kiss! (But then again, I'm a dog person). Of course they also had stuffed animals that were the spitting image of Emmy (maybe next year, kids), which is a marketing genius. We managed to catch Charlie when he was working, and he very kindly autographed our copy for us. What a sweet man!