Apple Orchards

Apple Picking Time!

Nelson's Apple Farm Selling Several Varieties

Back in fall of 2012 I was shocked to find southeastern Minnesota to be almost devoid of apples. Orchards were closed and bins stood empty in the many seasonal stands. Most touristy stores contained only jars of jam and sauce (probably from previous years) staring ominously at the disappointed patrons and staff alike. I had to settle for some Wisconsinite fruit... it was depressing. This year, however, is different. In 2014, apples are making a comeback. The local and sustainable favorite of Minnesotan families...

Minnesota Apple Farmers Expect a Great Harvest Season

Apple Harvest 2013 - Minnesota

As the leaves on the trees begin to change and Minnesotans start to pull out sweatshirts and jeans again, farmers in the state ready to harvest the apples they have spent all spring and summer growing. This time of the year is a great one to visit orchards -- not only to pick up fresh varieties of apples, but to pick out a pumpkin for carving. As some may know, last year's fluctuating spring temperatures killed off a lot of the blossoms on trees, leaving farmers with less than plentiful harvests come fall. This year however, farmers are very ...