Grandpa’s Fun Farm

18 Jun


I have a favorite place to go here in town. It’s not too far away, it’s bright and cheerful and full of hope, it’s mostly outdoors…but it also has antiques. How could I not like the sound of that?

Grandpa’s Fun Farm – so named, I presume, because of its autumn pumpkin-themed activities for the whole family – is not just a place for fall fun. It’s also a wonderful nursery for all of your flower, plant and tree needs, as well as having an antique-filled barn with prices that are quite reasonable.

Marlyn and Jolene Nystrom are now in their 15th season of running their business, located out on Read Avenue. In June they are open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. In July and August they are open Thursday-Friday, 9am – 5pm and Saturday, 9am – 12pm. They are always closed on Sundays. Their animal exhibit (goats, cows, horses, pigs, peacocks, guinea fowl, geese…and more!) is open by appointment during the summer until their fall hours when it is open most every weekend.

If you live around here, don’t wait to visit Grandpa’s Fun Farm just in the fall – go now! They have lovely plants (including ready-to-go hanging baskets and flower pots), many bedding plants and herbs and veggies, trees, bulbs, etc. It’s a feast for the eyes in their five greenhouses and all around the property with lovely flowers in all sorts of wonderful locations!

And the great old barn, filled with many farm-related antiques, shelves and desks and decorative items is a must-see as well. It’s clean and charming and is run by Marlyn and Jolene’s daughter.

So come buy a plant or two, check out the barn, and enjoy your time at Grandpa’s Fun Farm – not just an autumn treat!




I love the variegated   leaves.

I love the variegated leaves.












Everywhere you look there are great things to see!

Everywhere you look there are great things to see!



Part of the fall fun out at the Fun Farm.

Part of the fall fun out at the Fun Farm.

Back home with our plants, the girls and I got to work.

I had two helpers.  One with the camera and one running errands!

I had two helpers. One with the camera and one running errands!

Whose pasty arms and legs are those, anyway?

Whose pasty arms and legs are those, anyway?


12 Responses to “Grandpa’s Fun Farm”

  1. Minnesota Prairie Roots June 18, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I would love this place. I know I would. Anything barn and flowers and with the word “farm” has captured my interest.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 18, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Yes, it’s quite nice there! I thought of your sister’s (is that correct?) nursery that you sometimes feature…

  2. treadlemusic June 18, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    You ‘had’ me with that first butterfly photo!! The rest, well let’s just say, is the cherry on top!! Such fun and beauty! So reflects some tender hearts. Would love to meet them! Thank you so much for sharing your visit! Hugs…………..

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! We had fun there for sure. And just now we finished up Tye Dyeing some clothes out on our deck, so that will make for a great post, too!!

  3. Hotly Spiced June 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    It’s nice to see your girls in their summer clothes. This shop looks like a great place to spend a few hours. There’s so much colour in the blooms xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 19, 2013 at 9:19 am #

      Yes, it’s always funny to think that you’re in winter over your way!

  4. gardenfreshtomatoes June 19, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Too cool! Wish there was somewhere close by like that to take the grandkids…

  5. Alice June 20, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    What a lovely place to visit–I’m a little big for the swings, but I would still have a wonderful time–heehee

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Oh, I have definitely been known to swing on a swing or two in my recent years!

  6. Kathleen Mickelson (@kcmickelson) June 21, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Looks like a really great place to visit. Thanks for publishing so many photos – I would have fun with my camera there, too!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 21, 2013 at 11:36 am #

      OH, yes, so much to photograph! I’ll have to go back in the fall when the fall activities are open and take my camera (and kids) in to the animals.

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