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Even though visitors can't pick off the trees, there is still lots to do at Afton Apple as demonstrated by the Hudson Moms Group which took a tour of the orchard on Sept. 10. Amber Kispert.

Local orchards press on after crop hurt by climate, weather events

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When fall rolls around, it brings with it cooler weather, changing leaves and most importantly a fresh, crisp apple.

"When you bite into a fresh, Minnesota apple, it doesn't get much better than that," said John McPherson, orchard director at the Carpenter Nature Center, in Hastings.


For many families, heading out to the apple orchard is a family tradition, whether it's to pick a few apples, drink some hot cider or maybe just go for a hayride.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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