Hello Friends of Waldoch Farm
(Last updated 7/17/2020 we will continue to have updates here or join our email list for the most current information on how COVID-19 is affecting our business.)
Grandpa's Roadstand is open and we are picking sweet corn daily!Posted by Waldoch Farm on Thursday, July 23, 2020
We hope everyone is taking the necessary precautions to keep each other safe.
With Grandpa's Roadstand open we are asking you to be mindful of social distancing by following the one-way flow of customers in front of Grandpa's Roadstand and to wear face coverings while shopping at Grandpa's Roadstand, and even in the pick your own produce fields. Each day we are checking the fields for freshly ripened produce to stock the recently opened Grandpa's Roadstand. Items that are ripening daily include; sweet corn, slicing cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, kohlrabi, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers and vine ripened tomatoes. We have been busy on the farm growing fresh vegetables for you. This year has been physically distant, but the food from the farm is local.
We will continue to offer Online Ordering for flowers with pick up days on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with No-contact curbside pick-up. All produce orders are being taken over the phone at this time.
Current Retail Store Hour are:
- Monday through Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Hours are subjet to change
Current Produce Field Access Hours -Field is NOT open every day of the week, please check the Calendar
- Weekdays 10:00am - 5:30pm*
- Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm*
- * Last time a picker will be let out into the fields is 15 min before the field closes.
- The harvesting schedule varies due to picking rates and weather.
New safety policies for the Pick Your Own fields
We are excited to open our pick your own produce fields on Sunday, July 19th from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
There will be some changes to the processes of pick your own.
We are limiting the number of days we are offering pick your own because of the increased safety protocols and staffing needs to operate safely.
It is always wise to call the farm before your visit to check for produce availability (651)780-1207. The harvesting schedule varies due to picking rates and weather.
The Pick-Your-Own schedule can be found at this link.
There should be ample space within the acres of produce fields for physical distancing. The Pick-Your-Own check-in and check-out process is where you will notice the most changes. All Pick-Your-Own interactions will take place separately from the garden center and roadside stand.
You will follow signs south of the Garden Center and along Fall Funs Maze Area to drive to the produce fields. At the end of that drive you will check in with an employee at the produce field access parking lot and walk to the produce field.
- No customer vehicles will be allowed in the produce fields. Parking is nearby
- Face coverings are required at Waldoch Farm at all times for everyone over two years of age, even in the produce fields.
- Maintain physical distancing from guest and staff
- Credit Cards encouraged
- Wash your hands before and after picking
- No eating produce or other food on the farm
- No Smoking
- You pick it you buy it
- Avoid touching things unnecessarily
You will check in and pay your $5 Field Access fee which includes up to $3 worth of single use boxes and bags. For food safety, Customers are not allowed to bring their own containers into the field and we will not be supplying baskets. Additional containers may be purchased. Produce sold separately by weight or quantity.
Every group will take at least 1 green wagon into the field to hold their produce. This is how we will keep track of the number of groups in the field. When all the wagons are being used, we will need to wait for a group to leave the field before another group can enter.
U-Pick Sunflower Field and Walk:
Dates and Times to be announced
The field of sunflowers is planted in the "back forty" and will bloom in late August. This is later than last year's Sunflower Festival. When the flower buds are the size of peas we will be able to better estimate the date and finalize plan. We are still waiting on guidance if we can host an outdoor festival like last year event. We are hopeful we will be able to have timed ticketing for U-Pick Sunflower Field and the Sunflower Walk with photo ops.
We will continue the following practices for visiting Waldoch Farm and Garden Center:
- Everyone will be required to wear a mask or bandana covering their mouth AND nose.
- All cart handles will be sanitized between uses and carts will be fully sanitized each day.
- Maintain physical distancing from guests and staff.
- Follow the one way signs.
- Credit card transactions are encouraged, extra precautions will be taken at check out.
- No eating or drinking
- Wash your hands
- The Joyer Barnyard will remain closed for the foreseeable future
We have made some changes to our 2020 event calendar for the rest of the season:
- The Garden Tour and Corn Feed has been cancelled. We put on this event as a part of Blue Heron Days, Lino Lakes Community event and Lino Lakes has canceled the Blue Heron Days festival in August. We will follow Lino Lakes' lead and not host the Garden Tour this year.
- Salsa Making Demonstrations have been cancelled. With social distancing guidelines the event would not be as hands on as we like it to be.
- Honey Bee Experience has been cancelled. With social distancing guidelines the event would not be as interactive as we like it to be.
Joy in the garden,
Mary, Kathy, Andrew, and Doug and the whole Waldoch Farm Family
A Growing Experience Since 1916
Waldoch Farm is a family run Garden Center providing top-quality plants, garden accessories, produce and fall fun to Lino Lakes and the surrounding communities. We are located 20 minutes north of Minneapolis / St. Paul.
Our Mission: To be the community's connection to all things garden. Our wish is to inspire and cultivate a desire to grow things that make our corner of the world beautiful and dining tables delicious.
We offer a family friendly environment, come for an hour or spend the day. You can get a glimpse of farm animals at the adjoining barnyard, too!
Articles we are featured in:
Area greenhouses adapt to COVID-19
Quad Community Press | April 21, 2020
Century-old Waldoch Farm is always adapting
Country Folks Grower | November 25, 2019
Rooted in Edibles
Land and garden retailer | May 2017
What William planted, descendants cultivate
Forest Lake Times | September 1, 2016
- People in Lino Lakes and surrounding communities have been eating the produce grown at Waldoch Farm for decades.
North Metro TV Video | September 11, 2015
- Lorrie Lean with The Daily 6
Daily6.com | October 10, 2016
Waldoch Farm Makes Historic Century Farm List
Quad Community Press| June 14, 2016
Waldoch Farm Garden Center to celebrate 100th year
Quad Community Press | April 25, 2016
- Lino Lakes Corn Maze Celebrates 99th Year with Flashlights, Corn Cannon
CTN Coon Rapids | October 14, 2015
- Spooky Halloween
NPR | October, 2015
Waldoch Farm celebrates another year of family farming
Quad Community Press | September 14, 2014
Country Folks Grower | February 24, 2011
Learning and Growing
Grower Talks | July 15, 2010
Meet Your Neighbors Doug and Andrew Joyer
Quad Community Press | July 14, 2009
Waldoch Farm Tradition Remains
Forest Lake Times | April 5, 2007
Family Farm Continues to Grow From Deep Roots
Quad Community Press | April 25, 2006
Calendar of Events
- Weekdays: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Weekends: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Open Days vary each week
- Weekdays: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm*
- Weekends: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm*
- *Last time for pickers to be let out to the fields is 15 min before feild closes.
- We are still taking orders online
for pickup with pick up days on Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
We have planted the sunflower field to bloom in late August. We are hopeful we will be able to have some resemblance of last year's festival.
We have sweet corn.
Field closed due to rain 7/26/2020
Field is NOT open every day of the week, please check the Calendar
Current Retail Store Hours
Field Access Hours
Hours are subject to change
The Joyer Barnyard will remain closed for the foreseeable future.