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The apple of their eye

Middleton Elementary kindergarteners visited Afton Apple Orchard on Wednesday, Oct. 2, as part of a school activity. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)1 / 6
Middleton Elementary students took to the tractor last week when the school visited Apple Apple Orchard on Oct. 2. 2 / 6
Middleton Elementary kindergarteners were able to pick both Harrelson and Cortland apples right off the tree. 3 / 6
Afton Apple’s pumpkin patches and apple trees caught the eyes of the kindergarteners.4 / 6
The trip to Afton Apple Orchard culminated with students picking an apple out of the apple barrel and sampling fresh apple cider. 5 / 6
Afton Apple Orchard employee and former Afton preschool director Cindy Melzer teaches kindergarteners about apples and the orchard. 6 / 6

Middleton Elementary kindergarteners followed doctors’ orders last week and started their day off with an apple.

All of the morning kindergarten classes took a field trip to Afton Apple Orchard on Oct. 2.

During the trip, students rode on the orchard’s tractor, picked a few apples and tried some cider all the while learning about apples and the orchard.

Afton Apple, which opened in 1989, has a total of 200 acres on its property, including 70 acres of “pick your own” apples, raspberries and pumpkins. The orchard also includes a petting zoo, corn maze, playground and an “Apple Shack” where customers can buy pre-picked applies, apple cider, apple-baked goods and other apple-related products.

Afton Apple has many varieties of apples to pick including: Paul Red, Zestar, Red Baron, Estival, McIntosh, Sweet 16, Cortland, Spartan, Haralson, Honey Gold, Regent and Connell Red.

The orchard also carries Honeycrisp apples in its Apple Shack, but they are not available for “pick your own” due to the short harvest time.

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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