Visit the best sunflower fields in Minnesota

As summer progresses, the state turns yellow with blooming sunflowers. Take a day with these local fields to find your new favorite lot or road trip that hit multiple fields in a day.

fish sunflowers

Fish Sunflowers’ Johnny Fish is all about spreading the sun. He started his sunflower project 7 years ago by planting sunflower seeds on multiple lots across the state for people to visit for free. This year only three fields are open to the public. Gibbon, Andover, Albert Lea fishsunflowers.com

Fresh mornings

Lose yourself in five acres of sunflowers at Fresh Acres Farm. Do yoga among the flowers, take a photo shoot or cut your own bouquet of sunflowers (and, while you’re at it, pop into their corn maze). Admission is $8 per person and $2 per stem cut. Mid-August, 8102 NE 72nd St., Monticello, 763-290-0156, freshacresmn.com

Waldoch Farm Garden Center

Stroll through two acres of sunshine, a hay wagon ride, and all the games that come with their Joyer Adventure Farm for a full day of fun, all included in their $15 ticket. July 29-September 11, 8174 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, 651-780-1207, www.waldochfarm.com

Green barn garden center

Green Barn throws a party with live music and sunflower season food trucks. Make the most of your visit with their photo props and even enter their Little Miss/Sir Sunflower Photo Contest. Admission is $6. 4-31 August, 26501 Hwy MN-65 NE, Isanti, 763-444-5725, greenbarngardencenter.com

Esteemed Haven Farm

These sunflowers are more than just a photo prop. Treasured Haven grows sunflowers as a real crop, but after a bit of persuasion, they opened their field to the public. Take a walk to the creek on the forest trails or have a picnic in the prairie fields. The fee is $20 per truckload or $10 for individuals in a vehicle. July 29 – Labor Day, 53407 Government Rd., Rush City, 320-358-3581, schatzhafenfarm.com

Berry and flower farm

Just south of Rochester, Berry and Bloom has 3 acres of sunflowers to roam about. There are more than 50 types of flowers that you can pick yourself in summer. You can have flowers for weddings, events, photos or just take them home for a fee. The farm also has blueberry fields, pumpkin patches, flower workshops, a wagon width, and nature walks. July-September, 6945 150th Ave SE., Chatfield, 507-272-9805, berryandbloomfarm.com

Afton apple orchard

Walk through five acres of flowers at Afton Apple Orchard for their flower festival. There is a $5 flower festival in addition to regular admission. Choose a colorful bouquet of zinnias and sunflowers to take home. While you’re there, take a stroll through the rest of the orchard, including its massive playground, petting zoo, hay wagon, and more. 20-21 August 27-28, 14421 p. 90th St., Hastings, 651-436-8385, aftonapple.com

White Pine Berry Farm

A whole field of sunflowers and zinnias greets you as you walk into White Pine Berry Farm. Various sunflower varieties are planted to obtain a varied and sunny field. Stop for a photoshoot or snip a stem to take some sunshine home. $10 per person or $20 per family. August-September 1482 Oak Dr, River Falls, WI, 715-222-2946, www.whitepineberryfarm.com

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