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Sep 8, 2007 12:33 AM

[msp] Best apple orchards in the twin cities?

It seems like apple picking season is here so I am planning
an outing to an orchard with some friends (and children too)
Can anyone recommend an orchard which is not too far from the twin cities
that have good apples?

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  1. Here's a link to Pioneer Press piece on "pick your own" produce that includes some places where you can pick you own apples. You probably don't HAVE to pick your own... :).

    We've been to Aamodt's and Pine Tree in recent years (not for the pick your own) and they were both were fine as a source of apples and apple products. Aamodt's seems to have more cheesy activities for the kids (hay bale maze, toddler-sized tractor "pen", petting zoo, etc.), but I thought the bakery at Pine Tree had the edge.

    Have fun! Please let us know where you end up and how it works out for you.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      Aamodts - better apples - more honeycrisp! - I went there last week and picked up some excellent Gala's already.

      Pine tree - better bakery & pumpkin picking as well. (in season)

      I also went to that Emma Crumbee's a few years back (I could have the name wrong) and it had a lot going on - apples/bakery/and large gift shoppe (extra pe for extra high prices) were all nice but for me its too far.

    2. If you are willing to head a little south of the river Sponsel's Minnesota Harvest in Jordan is great. Lot's of stuff to do besides pick apples too, epscially for kids. I've done an event down there for the last couple of years and everybody loves it and looks forward to it. Call ahead to check out the apple picking schedule, because at certain points in the season the pick your own can been limited to a handful of varieties. However they usually have a very well stocked walk in cooler where you can sample before you buy a peck.

      1. We have gone to Minnetonka Orchards for the past few years. It's got lots of activities (hay rides, maze, animals for petting, etc.) and special weekends. It has gotten to be a little expensive, though. They charge for admission now on weekends and I thought that their pick-your-own apples were really expensive last year. It's a fun thing to do with kids, but we're going to try someplace else this year I think.

        EDIT: Note that the address shown below (Old County Road, Wayzata) is not correct. It is located in Minnetrista: 6530 County Road 26, Minnetrista, MN 55364

        Minnetonka Orchards
        Old County Rd, Wayzata, MN 55391

        1. Baker Orchard in Centuria WI gets my vote.(I know its not in the TC, but few good ones are)

          It's small, family run and very knowledgeable. Open pit fires, no cheesy stuff like petting zoos or hayrides (who needs that?) and plenty of chances to PYO. If you aren't adventurous, the apples are lining the tables ready to take home and you can sample all you want. Their fresh pressed apple cider makes me want to fall to my knees in praise.

          Highway 8 through St. Croix Falls, turn North on 35 past the Menards. Follow 35 until you're almost in Centuria (just a few miles) and the orchard is on the right. Non-descript and perfect.

          1. I had no idea there were so many orchards in the area.