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malokd Oct 9, 2008 07:36 PM

Does anyone know of an organic apple orchard around the area that will allow people to come and pick apples?
Thx

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    KTFoley Oct 9, 2008 08:32 PM

    Here's a website of pick-your-own spots, though it looks to be from two summers ago. I see organic, and apples, but not organic apples.

    http://www.pickyourown.org/MN.htm#listings

    Here's a list of Minnesota apple orchards that looks to be more current; happy huntng!

    http://www.mda.state.mn.us/food/minne...

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      Enso Oct 11, 2008 04:07 PM

      It's not easy to find anyone selling organic apples. I don't know of anyone locally that goes to the lengths required to grow organic apples that also meet people's current standards for "unblemished" fruit.

      If you find someplace, please let us know!

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        soupkitten Oct 12, 2008 02:39 PM

        breezy hill certified organic orchard comes to mind, locally. . . i have no idea if they do pick yer own, though.

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        Loren3 Oct 14, 2008 11:03 AM

        IIRC somebody at the Mill City Market mentioned a U-pick and I thought they were organic. If I'm there this weekend, I'll look into it.

        1. bob s Oct 14, 2008 11:22 AM

          I have hesitated to post about Natura Farms, which is in Forest Lake. I have hesitated because (a) I'm not sure they do pick your own and (b) I'm not sure they're certified organic.

          Their website looks a little dated and I infer that they were transitioning to organic when it was drafted but may not have been certified at the time. I think I've read since then that they are organic.

          Here's the web site if you want to do more research. If you do get more information, please post! Thanks.

          http://www.naturafarms.com/

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            KTFoley Oct 14, 2008 12:34 PM

            It appears that they are farming sustainably but are not certified organic. Here's their posting from the Minnesota Grown directory:

            http://www2.mda.state.mn.us/webapp/mn...

            1. re: KTFoley
              bob s Oct 14, 2008 12:51 PM

              That's been my dilemma. Most of the info appears to suggest that they're not organic, but there are a lot of people (including a PiPress article) who say they are organic. I'm not sure whether there's outdated info on the listings or whether there's confusion between organic, sustainable, etc.

              I suppose someone could call to actually find out... ;-)

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