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Hailey Stevens was not willing to wait until her parent paid for the apples they picked at Afton Apple this past weekend. She's enjoying a Paula Red apple. Judy Spooner photo

Slim pickings? Hardly

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Area apple growers are excited about this fall's bounty.

This year's crop in the St. Croix Valley is "excellent," according to Charlie Johnson, owner of Whistling Well Farm in Denmark Township.

"There's a really nice crop this year," according to the message greeting customers at Apple Junction.

This is welcome news to growers who faced a lean year last season when hail damaged the area's apple crop.

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